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What does it mean to be a hippie?

September 17, 2020 3 min read

What does it mean to be a hippie?

The hippie movement was born in the United States in the 1960s. It is a trend defined primarily by its pacifism, its refusal to bend to the rules established by society such as working and being a slave in the consumer society and its struggle against the war in Vietnam.

The Hippie lifestyle

Being a hippie is first of all a philosophy, a state of mind inspired by oriental countries. To be free, that was their motto! The freedom to dispose of their bodies as they wish, with long hair, adopting bohemian-style outfits.

At the time, hippies used cannabis and artificial paradises to escape to a world they thought was better and which was synonymous with happiness.

Although they failed to achieve their goals of changing the world, the hippies did put an end to the war in Vietnam. Many young people called up for military service refused to participate in what they called the commitments of a self-righteous America.

The hippie movement left its mark on society, such as the liberation of morals, protests of inequality between men and women, injustices against minorities.

Hippie Life

Woodstock: Birth of a unique musical genre and festival

A whole new musical current is emerging from this hippie movement, a pop/rock sound with lyrics with a protest flavour.

Festivals are being set up all over the place, bringing together large crowds who camp out for the night to have a front row seat. Festival-goers see it as a place to gather like a pilgrimage.

Rejected by society simply because they are inactive, because they live in a community, they are considered outcasts and these concerts allow them to meet among themselves, so they will have no judgment of others.

The best known festival was undoubtedly the Woodstock Festival that took place in 1969 in Bethel, New York, outside the city in the Catskill Mountains. The location was designed to accommodate 50,000 spectators from August 15 to 17, 1969, and the festival finally welcomed 500,000 people.

Woodstock Festival


They attended performances by great artists who have become legends such as Jimmy Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin or Joan Baz.

It will continue one more day against all odds. The weather conditions did not cause any electrocution victims. However, there were 3 deaths, either by overdose or by accident due to a tractor passing over a tent in the middle of the night.

One would think that the festival was organized every year. But it is not. Indeed, the many logistical problems have led the organizers to be in debt. The reason? A lot of people broke in without paying. At the time, the entrance fee was 6 dollars. There was a considerable loss and not being able to pay the rental of equipment and the artists. The intervention of the rescue services on numerous occasions for people completely high on drugs put an end to this event which is becoming historic.

The organizers had no choice but to sell the rights to Warner to pay off their debts. If you want to know more about this legendary hippie festival, check out our article about the Woodstock festival.

Hippie clothing style

It's obvious that when you look at the hippies in the 70s, that their outfit was often sketchy or very country for the girls. Without shoes for some of them, they wore sandals when they deigned to wear them. For the men it was wide trousers and a shirtless jacket and the women wore a long or very short floral dress.

Bohemian dresses

This was a good indication of their challenge to accept the consumer society as it was being hammered at the public. For them, capitalism only served to finance wars while they advocated peace, and hair was worn very long for both girls and boys, which was a response in their own way to the soldiers whose heads were shaved once they joined the army. Girls were, of course, very sloppy with regard to hair. Often a vagabond, the hippie didn't carry much with him. The women, they had a fringed shoulder bag, often made of brown suede or suede.

Hippie Guitar and Van

It must be said that, at that time, the population distinguished itself between the marginalized and the "well-born". If the hippies wore very colourful and very "bohemian" clothes, for another part, it was a turtleneck sweater and miniskirt with tights for the girls, a sweater and jeans for the boys. Perhaps the only common point between the two categories of people was the pat' d'eph' pants that survived in the following decades.

With the arrival of disco, the hippie outfit has become appropriate, but more chic. It has become a dress for the city, minus the psychedelic attitude. From there was born the bohemian fashion, outfits with hippie essences but much more chic and refined that can be worn in all circumstances. If you like this style, we recommend our must-have collection of bohemian long dresses.

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