Hippies are a staple dress-up. You can never go wrong with a tree-hugging, nature loving, adorable, Woodstock, incense smelling, bohemian Hippy costume. From authentic items from the 1960’s and 1970’s, to folksy bohemian from more modern times, it is easy to throw together a complete outfit. Maybe even from your own wardrobe!
All about nature…..
Hippies love nature-inspired fashion. Items created out of natural products, locally and simple in design, are worn for their utility, not their label. A fringed suede vest is a timeless hippy piece which comes in and out of magazine trends. Multicoloured paisley looks great on tunics, tops, pants, sashes and headbands.
Don’t be colour-shy!
Bright colours and lots of contrast are always popular with disco inspired Hippies!
Easy accessories to suit!
The best way to jazz up a Hippy costume is to add some on theme accessories. We have a range of rose coloured round hippy glasses, dark round hippy glasses, peace signs, wigs and more!
One of the easiest costumes ever! Disco divas are the perfect choice when you know you want to rip up that dance floor!
From sexy Foxy Cleopatra, Felicity Shagwell or RollerBabe Girl. There are heaps of different 1970’s disco diva characters to channel.
Don’t panic if you are invited to a disco 1970’s theme night. Check out some of our collection of disco minidresses for some inspiration.
Many authentic 1970’s minidresses are outrageously short, even by today’s standards! They come in a huge variety of different styles with A-line, trapeze style and shifts.
Throw on some high boots, preferably white, and get ready to boogie.
Another great option for a disco theme is the maxi-dress. This is a perfect alternative if you don’t feel like showing too much leg! The 1970’s maxi-dress was a stylish option with funky prints and unique fabrics.
Wear them with chunky cork platform heels for an authentic look. Maxi’s were worn with ethnic inspired prints, block colours, multicoloured prints and everything in-between. They have retained an air of elegance and many are totally wearable today.
Maxi-dresses from the 1970’s have a huge variety of styles from empire line bust line to kaftans to simple sheaths and bell sleeved slinky gowns.
So between sourcing new stock, mending and cleaning the old and all the tasks in between I rarely get time to just have fun with our costume collection. My kids are rebelling and won’t let me dress them up anymore (!) so this last week I pulled out our latest Roaring Twenties outfits. Mannequins are very compliant (and don’t complain about being bored or hungry) but nothing beats the way a costume looks on a person.
A photo shoot is a great way to get gorgeous family photographs too. You don’t have to wait to be invited to a costume party to dress up! Why not organise a girl’s photo session? Invite the besties over and have a little shindig while dressing up in some gorgeous frocks. You will have a lot of laughs and end up with some lovely photos. Sounds like a great way to waste a rainy weekend!
I chose Roaring Twenties partly because we have been getting some new stock in. Also so I could play with vintage filters. (Oh so flattering and easy to wipe out lines and flaws!) When using vintage filters I have found it is best to have slightly heavy make-up. This will ensure eyes and lips are visible once the filters are applied. Same principles apply as when doing stage make-up. Apply with a heavy hand, to the point you don’t want to be caught in “natural” light!
We only used two dresses in this shoot – one a gorgeous sequin number with art deco shapes the other with fringing. While they are both great dresses it is the accessories that really bring this look together. I used a lighter fur stole to add contrast to the dark colour of both dresses. Black gloves were a given, black fishnet stockings, long pearls and a feathered headband also standard Roaring Twenties apparel. The shoes were gorgeous designer items from Jennifer Hawkins – not historically correct but just fab anyway.
I chose wigs to experiment with – both platinum shades which worked well with the vintage filter. One is a classic flapper style in a Marcel wave with side part, the other a straight banged bob. Wigs are not always easy to wear but using a headband is handy!
We had a lot of fun this day, it was different to get dressed up as I spend a lot of my time in track-pants now! Thanks for looking at my blog! If you are thinking of a Roaring Twenties costume check out our related posts for some more photos!