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These High School Gals From The 1960s Would Still Look Great Today
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These High School Gals From The 1960s Would Still Look Great Today

The cultural upheaval of the 1960s in the U.S. gave us some of the greatest fashion trends of the 20th century, and the influences of various subcultures like hippies or disco-goers have extended well into the 21st as well. In 1969, LIFE Magazine decided to photograph the teen fashions that American high schoolers across the country were wearing, which is why we’ve got these brilliant vintage photos to share with you today.

The cultural revolution against the mainstream captured the imagination of an entire era, and people became more liberated – in terms of sexuality, musical taste, and self-expression – than ever before. Short skirts, funky tights, and extravagant shoes flourished, and stylish kids weren’t afraid to show a bit of skin.

Check out these photos for a nostalgic look at the groovy garbs of 70s fashion!

More info: TIME (h/t: mashable)

Corona del Mar High School students Kim Robertson, Pat Auvenshine and Pam Pepin wear “hippie” fashions, 1969,”  – LIFE magazine.

High schooler Lenore Reday stops traffic while wearing a bell-bottomed jumpsuit in Newport Beach, Calif., 1969.

A Southern California high school student walks toward classmates while wearing the “Mini Jupe” skirt, 1969.

High school teacher Sandy Brockman wears a bold print dress, 1969.

Student Rosemary Shoong at Beverly Hills High School, wearing a dress she made herself, 1969.

High school fashions, 1969.

High school students wearing “hippie” fashion, 1969.

High school student band, in California.

High school student wearing bell-bottoms and boots, 1969.

Beverly Hills High School student Erica Farber, wearing a checkered and tiered outfit, walks with a boy, 1969.

Southern California high school students, 1969.”

High schooler Nina Nalhaus wears wool pants and a homemade jacket in Denver, Colo., 1969.

The cool kids of Beverly Hills High show off their fashions, 1969.

Southern California high school student wears old-fashioned tapestry skirt and wool shawl, 1969.

Southern California high schooler wears a buckskin vest and other hippie fashions, 1969.

Students at Woodside High in California, 1969.”

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TameraPody
Community Member
7 years ago

Did anyone else notice they photographed the one girl three seperate times in three different outfits?

LenaBatts
Community Member
7 years ago

Yeah. I noticed that to. I think that most of these photos were taken from a magazine fashion shoot. I mean, seriously, to set up.

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CristaThompson
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7 years ago

Everyone looks so much happier then :) the high school kids of today.

JudyBoyce
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7 years ago

Trust me...we weren't.

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RebeccaDavis
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7 years ago

Not all hippie. Some are mod (the Pucci-style tights for example)

DouglasGray
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7 years ago

Some of the boys look trad/preppy as well. Though American trad was a big influence on British mod so it could be my British eyes picking t

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MaureenHeath
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7 years ago

the best time for me personally was between 1967-72 17- to 22 years old. fun fun fun and the best music ever!

LanaYksvelihi
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7 years ago

oh man, i hope you realize how absolultely lucky you are for having lived those years (and came of age too), that many of us idolize :)

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MarianneHeck
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7 years ago

Everyone looks also mutch slimmer these days. My God, where have they gone.

BarbBraun
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7 years ago

That's because we got lots of exercise in those days. Fat kids were quite rare in the '60s.

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SuzannaSawyer
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7 years ago

They look great with little make-up, no tattoos and not very revealing clothes - all look so happy...

JanetOh
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7 years ago

couldn't agree more

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CharliePreuit
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7 years ago

Got to LOVE the 60's such Beauty in all the Ladies

PierreRastoul
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7 years ago

Those were the days, my friend...

PawełChyziewicz
Community Member
7 years ago

have you noticed no trademarks on their clothes?

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

A great deal of our clothes were homemade. It was cool then to know how.

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DavidKerin
Community Member
7 years ago

Now look for pictures high school girls from Cleveland in 1969. Different story.

SueThach
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7 years ago

If that teacher raises her arm any higher, we will see the 1969 underwear styles!

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

What, white grandma undies? Big deal.

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KenSorenson
Community Member
7 years ago

Not a book bag in sight! We carried our books around in our hands.

LalyLynch
Community Member
7 years ago

I love the clothing style of this era. I would totally wear these fashionable outfits!!

AEken
Community Member
7 years ago

Great time to be young and alive, then came the mid 70s & everything went down hill, hasn't recovered since.

CindyDahlgren
Community Member
7 years ago

I had some of these clothes and also made a lot of my own clothes in the 6o's

ConnieLewandowski
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7 years ago

Wait.rosemary is in two pictures but go to different schools?

earringnut
Community Member
7 years ago

A Beverly Hills high school is a southern California high school. They didn't name any of the schools.

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Barbara Bassett
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6 years ago

Here we go.... the whole article... https://books.google.com/books?id=CVEEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=rosemary+shoong&source=bl&ots=fqFzV-84uP&sig=X_02QLlwTjkIusvIEu-2tU9viFU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv8c6c-6PMAhUY72MKHRcbAz8Q6AEIRzAQ#v=onepage&q=rosemary%20shoong&f=false

Barbara Bassett
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6 years ago

Erica Farber, today Ericafarbe...12363b.jpg Ericafarber13112-571aef812363b.jpg

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Erica Farber, homecoming queen img2174-57...5da46f.jpg img2174-571aef65da46f.jpg

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

BTW, girl in orange hat is Bo Derek.

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Magazine fashion shots. Also, does anyone else think that the guy with BH High School girl Erica Farber is a bit old for her and rather creepy? Even she looks nervous.

LukaSagadin
Community Member
7 years ago

Yep....the Pocahontas. I quite like her though.

ShaktiK.C
Community Member
7 years ago

I luv 60s and 70s. These pictures show how cool the eras were. And fashion! just wow!. I'm always curious abt these eras & want to knw more

FerihaGenel
Community Member
7 years ago

There is no any obese girl in the pics :D But now ?

VirginiaSu
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7 years ago

is it just me, or does the girl in the third photo look like pocahontas in all her outfits?

Eddie77
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7 years ago

I remember those years fondly... :-\

MirusheIbr
Community Member
7 years ago

2 and 3 really sexy!

YoppyDwinantoPutro
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7 years ago

Hi mom...

DavidCasey
Community Member
7 years ago

Girls look great at any decade. Just keep it clean and drug-free and any of them would be fun to date. I still miss the 1950 era girls.

RogerKerr
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes they looked good then exciting and fresh and they look good now still exciting and fresh. I love that style because I grew up in the 60'

FreemanOctavian
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7 years ago

what is beautiful will never get old ^_^

LiamPitts
Community Member
7 years ago

haha of course it's staged. the last photo says "LIFE" in the corner. (As in Time Life Magazine) The photos are still super cool though!

NatalyaBelenko
Community Member
7 years ago

wow. that was quite colorful back then))

KarungiDaphne
Community Member
7 years ago

Girls dressed decent then

ElisKupa
Community Member
7 years ago

I want more of these photos!!

Hanna
Community Member
7 years ago

Does anyone else think that these photos look too 'digital' to be from '69? They look like current models dressed 60's style.

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Kodak Ektachrome slide film was widely used by professionals and they had great, expensive lenses and lighting.

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GlynisLailann
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7 years ago

Note the Crème Soda can in Picture No. 5

FrancescMarín
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7 years ago

What do you mean 'they would still look great today'? Of course they would still look great today! And I guess many do look fine today.

RomiFarooqi
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7 years ago

Its fake pics

NancyLewellen
Community Member
7 years ago

If these are truely from 1969, the year I graduated wow we had some style, and what goes around comes back around!

ColinLee
Community Member
7 years ago

Not a single mobile phone. The "feeling" of collaboration for peace & the righteous uprising of the new generation of love & freedom is felt

BarbBraun
Community Member
7 years ago

California must have been much more progressive than Canada. Girls were not allowed to wear pants to school until the '70s here.

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

I questioned this too somewhere else and was told that Beverly Hills High School relaxed their dress code in the late 60s. Our schools would wait until the late 70s...

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EmmaTanglevine
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7 years ago

i still wear fringed suede... my moccasin boots....loved the 60s...and the 70s as well...

RuthHoblitzell
Community Member
7 years ago

More like the 70's? No one at my school dressed like that!

LanaKarim
Community Member
7 years ago

Nice very very

pony33
Community Member
7 years ago

A great time; love and remember those hippie chicks. It definitely was a better time!!!

BettyHause
Community Member
7 years ago

we were happier....ignorance of the military industrial complex left us blissfully thinking our country had taxation with representation!

MatthewOakes
Community Member
7 years ago

Even as a kid, I gagged at all these hideous styles. Apparently, people and "designers" were too high to figure it out.

TameraPody
Community Member
7 years ago

Did anyone else notice they photographed the one girl three seperate times in three different outfits?

LenaBatts
Community Member
7 years ago

Yeah. I noticed that to. I think that most of these photos were taken from a magazine fashion shoot. I mean, seriously, to set up.

Load More Replies...
CristaThompson
Community Member
7 years ago

Everyone looks so much happier then :) the high school kids of today.

JudyBoyce
Community Member
7 years ago

Trust me...we weren't.

Load More Replies...
RebeccaDavis
Community Member
7 years ago

Not all hippie. Some are mod (the Pucci-style tights for example)

DouglasGray
Community Member
7 years ago

Some of the boys look trad/preppy as well. Though American trad was a big influence on British mod so it could be my British eyes picking t

Load More Replies...
MaureenHeath
Community Member
7 years ago

the best time for me personally was between 1967-72 17- to 22 years old. fun fun fun and the best music ever!

LanaYksvelihi
Community Member
7 years ago

oh man, i hope you realize how absolultely lucky you are for having lived those years (and came of age too), that many of us idolize :)

Load More Replies...
MarianneHeck
Community Member
7 years ago

Everyone looks also mutch slimmer these days. My God, where have they gone.

BarbBraun
Community Member
7 years ago

That's because we got lots of exercise in those days. Fat kids were quite rare in the '60s.

Load More Replies...
SuzannaSawyer
Community Member
7 years ago

They look great with little make-up, no tattoos and not very revealing clothes - all look so happy...

JanetOh
Community Member
7 years ago

couldn't agree more

Load More Replies...
CharliePreuit
Community Member
7 years ago

Got to LOVE the 60's such Beauty in all the Ladies

PierreRastoul
Community Member
7 years ago

Those were the days, my friend...

PawełChyziewicz
Community Member
7 years ago

have you noticed no trademarks on their clothes?

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

A great deal of our clothes were homemade. It was cool then to know how.

Load More Replies...
DavidKerin
Community Member
7 years ago

Now look for pictures high school girls from Cleveland in 1969. Different story.

SueThach
Community Member
7 years ago

If that teacher raises her arm any higher, we will see the 1969 underwear styles!

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

What, white grandma undies? Big deal.

Load More Replies...
KenSorenson
Community Member
7 years ago

Not a book bag in sight! We carried our books around in our hands.

LalyLynch
Community Member
7 years ago

I love the clothing style of this era. I would totally wear these fashionable outfits!!

AEken
Community Member
7 years ago

Great time to be young and alive, then came the mid 70s & everything went down hill, hasn't recovered since.

CindyDahlgren
Community Member
7 years ago

I had some of these clothes and also made a lot of my own clothes in the 6o's

ConnieLewandowski
Community Member
7 years ago

Wait.rosemary is in two pictures but go to different schools?

earringnut
Community Member
7 years ago

A Beverly Hills high school is a southern California high school. They didn't name any of the schools.

Load More Replies...
Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Here we go.... the whole article... https://books.google.com/books?id=CVEEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=rosemary+shoong&source=bl&ots=fqFzV-84uP&sig=X_02QLlwTjkIusvIEu-2tU9viFU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv8c6c-6PMAhUY72MKHRcbAz8Q6AEIRzAQ#v=onepage&q=rosemary%20shoong&f=false

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Erica Farber, today Ericafarbe...12363b.jpg Ericafarber13112-571aef812363b.jpg

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Erica Farber, homecoming queen img2174-57...5da46f.jpg img2174-571aef65da46f.jpg

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

BTW, girl in orange hat is Bo Derek.

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Magazine fashion shots. Also, does anyone else think that the guy with BH High School girl Erica Farber is a bit old for her and rather creepy? Even she looks nervous.

LukaSagadin
Community Member
7 years ago

Yep....the Pocahontas. I quite like her though.

ShaktiK.C
Community Member
7 years ago

I luv 60s and 70s. These pictures show how cool the eras were. And fashion! just wow!. I'm always curious abt these eras & want to knw more

FerihaGenel
Community Member
7 years ago

There is no any obese girl in the pics :D But now ?

VirginiaSu
Community Member
7 years ago

is it just me, or does the girl in the third photo look like pocahontas in all her outfits?

Eddie77
Community Member
7 years ago

I remember those years fondly... :-\

MirusheIbr
Community Member
7 years ago

2 and 3 really sexy!

YoppyDwinantoPutro
Community Member
7 years ago

Hi mom...

DavidCasey
Community Member
7 years ago

Girls look great at any decade. Just keep it clean and drug-free and any of them would be fun to date. I still miss the 1950 era girls.

RogerKerr
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes they looked good then exciting and fresh and they look good now still exciting and fresh. I love that style because I grew up in the 60'

FreemanOctavian
Community Member
7 years ago

what is beautiful will never get old ^_^

LiamPitts
Community Member
7 years ago

haha of course it's staged. the last photo says "LIFE" in the corner. (As in Time Life Magazine) The photos are still super cool though!

NatalyaBelenko
Community Member
7 years ago

wow. that was quite colorful back then))

KarungiDaphne
Community Member
7 years ago

Girls dressed decent then

ElisKupa
Community Member
7 years ago

I want more of these photos!!

Hanna
Community Member
7 years ago

Does anyone else think that these photos look too 'digital' to be from '69? They look like current models dressed 60's style.

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

Kodak Ektachrome slide film was widely used by professionals and they had great, expensive lenses and lighting.

Load More Replies...
GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago

Note the Crème Soda can in Picture No. 5

FrancescMarín
Community Member
7 years ago

What do you mean 'they would still look great today'? Of course they would still look great today! And I guess many do look fine today.

RomiFarooqi
Community Member
7 years ago

Its fake pics

NancyLewellen
Community Member
7 years ago

If these are truely from 1969, the year I graduated wow we had some style, and what goes around comes back around!

ColinLee
Community Member
7 years ago

Not a single mobile phone. The "feeling" of collaboration for peace & the righteous uprising of the new generation of love & freedom is felt

BarbBraun
Community Member
7 years ago

California must have been much more progressive than Canada. Girls were not allowed to wear pants to school until the '70s here.

Barbara Bassett
Community Member
6 years ago

I questioned this too somewhere else and was told that Beverly Hills High School relaxed their dress code in the late 60s. Our schools would wait until the late 70s...

Load More Replies...
EmmaTanglevine
Community Member
7 years ago

i still wear fringed suede... my moccasin boots....loved the 60s...and the 70s as well...

RuthHoblitzell
Community Member
7 years ago

More like the 70's? No one at my school dressed like that!

LanaKarim
Community Member
7 years ago

Nice very very

pony33
Community Member
7 years ago

A great time; love and remember those hippie chicks. It definitely was a better time!!!

BettyHause
Community Member
7 years ago

we were happier....ignorance of the military industrial complex left us blissfully thinking our country had taxation with representation!

MatthewOakes
Community Member
7 years ago

Even as a kid, I gagged at all these hideous styles. Apparently, people and "designers" were too high to figure it out.

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