Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In 77 and 69 revolution was in the air
I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair…
If these are the lyrics to your thoughts, and they take really make you wish you were a part of the hippie movement, read on to know how to look like a hippie in this lifetime. Splatter some colours of the rainbow to your life now.
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You’ve got to be a crazy creative brain and a DIY expert to nail the hippie look. They’re all about innovative ideas and staying out-of-the-box when it comes to dressing and general thought process. Take a plain white tee or dress and hippie-fy it by using the tie-and-dye technique at home with your favourite natural colours. Get those old bell bottoms and let your creativity and scissors do all the talking. Cut up those loose blouses into hanging tassels and tie up knots in the end. This is the hippie in me talking, but the hippie in you has a whole lot of ideas to explore. So go on, and free that soul.
Flowers and Feathers
You’re all about loving gaia (the earth). Falling in love with natural things comes naturally to you. It is no surprise then that flowers and feathers are an important fashion aspect of your hippie look. Feathers in your hair, flowers on your pretty sundress – all these elements will bring out the nature-loving vagabond in you.
You’re all about chunky accessories – long necklaces, clunky bracelets, dreamcatcher earings, feather jewellery, vintage brooches and LOADS of beads everywhere. Of course, you don’t want to look like an orna(mental) mannequin at a thrift store (or maybe you do?). Oversized sunglasses, the legendary windsor shades, and dramatic headbands and bandanas too enhance the hippie-look.
The ultimate 60s look is achieved with the mandatory peace symbol. Wear it around your neck, or get peace earrings and rings. Peace tees in bright colours are also available at stores, or you can simply paint one at home using your hippie brain. It is the binding force between you and the 70s. Pseudo hippies reading this will agree.
Devour in Dresses
A hippie state-of-mind is carefree and loving, and that should reflect in your dresses. Pretty flowy dresses with uneven hemlines with no end or beginning is what you should opt for. Let the wind form the shape of your smooth silhouettes, and the sunny skies reflect the colourful patterns on your dress. Breezy maxis or flowy kaftans with chunky jewellery will instantly take you back to the 60s.
A pair of loose tribal print bottoms in cool fabrics like cotton or linen should be your ultimate choice to hippie-fy yourself. Flared denims that are high-waisted, shorts with uneven or no hems and threads hanging and long, gypsy skirts in bright prints should be a part of your hippie wardrobe.
Floaty blouses, pheasant tops and lots of tassels! Your hippie top is not complete without a fringed vest or some vintage patterns. Hippies couldn’t care less about matching their clothes or how they fit. So take an oversized denim shirt and tie it up your midriff, pairing it with your tribal pants. Scout flea markets, handicraft exhibits and local bazaars to add some charming pieces to your wardrobe.
Shoes or No Shoes
A real hippie will walk bare feet on fresh dewy grass, and is a tree-hugger. But cityfolks might just contract diseases if they try to do so. Hence, a pair of the most comfortable sandals in brown or earthy colours will be your best match. Hippies also have a liking towards suedes and leathers, so put on your fave pair of chocolate suede combat boots and wander away!
Hippie State of Mind
Hippie fashion is one thing, but if you really are a hippie by heart, you will have to have a state of mind that is carefree, compassionate and peaceful. Try meditating or yoga, because hippies do believe in a healthy way of living.
Your hippie frame of mind will be amplified if you turn your surroundings into your happy space. Burn some fragrant essential oils, put on some 60s music by your favourite artists, and decorate your home with vintage pieces such as a colonial clock or cane chairs and pretty lava lamps.