1960s Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

On this leg of our insight into fashion for the lower body, we start at the Sixties, where following on the ‘anti-establishment’ Teddy Boy/Girl fashions and the young having more money of their own to spend, street-wear could only get more controversial. The iconic Sixties look was, of course, the mini-skirt, widely agreed to have been ‘invented’ (or at least heavily popularised) by Mary Quant. Whilst employers came to terms with the new look with ‘modesty boards’ on desks, the girls had to decide what to do with their legs. For many, boots were the way forward, with the Jane Fonda film ‘Barbarella’ helping popularise the vinyl variety in the late 1960s. With girls having made all the effort to show their legs, there was a reluctance to cover them up with tights (also a novelty), so many either went bare legged or, with the help of a creative friend, wore body-paint style leg make-up to draw even more attention to their lower limbs.

In the 1960s, tights were still in comparative infancy, having only recently taken over from stockings, but with technology having come on since then, you can now create the same eye-catching effects with less effort next time you are celebrating the Sixties. The era has been recently highlighted in the ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’ Jean Shrimpton/David Bailey drama, featuring Dr Who girl Karen Gillan.

SoWest Fancy Dress stocks a huge range of 60s costumes from Hippies to Retro outfits. We have also looked at some popular pop stars, films & television to give you loads of 60s costume ideas

Popular 60s Television

  • Addams Family
  • The Avengers
  • Batman
  • Benny Hill Show
  • Blue Angels – angel wings & blue body paint will make an interesting 60s costume!
  • Bugs Bunny
  • The Green Hornet
  • Hawaii Five O
  • I Dream Of Jeanie
  • The Jetsons
  • Lost In Space
  • Tarzan
  • Star Trek
  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You
  • Roaring Twenties
  • The Saint
  • The Fintstones

And here are some great 60s Films that we think you could use as inspiration to dress up…

  • Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid – wear Western Costumes
  • Lawrence Of Arabia
  • Mary Poppins
  • Psycho
  • The Sound Of Music
  • West side Stroy
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 101 Dalmations
  • Batman
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s,  Audrey Hepburn style costume
  • Camelot
  • Cleopatra
  • Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
  • Pincher
  • The Pink Panther
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • James Bond – loads were filmed, and released in the 60’s, take a look at all of our James Bond costume Ideas.

And famous people of the 60s era…

  • Elvis Presley
  • The Beatles
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Jacksons
  • JFK
  • Audrey Heburn
  • Jackie Onassis
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Bob Marley
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Janis Joplin
  • Diana Ross
  • Yul Brynner
  • Richard Burton
  • Marlon Brando
  • John Wayne