The 1960s may be best known as the hippie era, but there was more to the decade than the Summer of Love in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. It wasn't until the late '60s that hippie fashion appeared, and before that, the mod style was fashionable. Space-age fashion emerged because of the United States' role in space exploration. During a time when psychedelic music, lava lamps and The Beatles were all the rage, men had their own sense of fashion.
In the 1960s, men's shirt collars got longer and wider and men started wearing high-collared jackets. Coats, jackets and long-sleeved shirts were made of nylon or polyester. The shirts that men wore were usually printed with paisley or bold prints such as optic art, as well as psychedelic prints. It was common for men to wear mismatched patterns. Pique polo shirts were worn as casual sportswear. In the late part of the decade, tie-dyed shirts became fashionable.
Men in the '60s often wore velvet trousers and black slacks. Sometimes men wore pants with multi-colored stripes or plaid prints. Trousers with flared legs were also popular. When the mod look came into fashion in the early '60s in England, men started wearing single-breasted collarless jackets and slim, tapered pants. Frayed jeans that were fitted through the leg and flared at the bottom--known as bell-bottoms--came into fashion in the late '60s, and the bigger the flare, the better.
Shoes that came into fashion for men were footwear made of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a shiny plastic. Ankle boots with a side zipper closure and one-inch heels were often worn, especially with pants that featured tapered legs. Sometimes the shape of the shoes was pointed, but loafers with a square toe were also fashionable. In the late '60s, during the hippie era, it was common for men to wear sandals or sneakers.
Just like women accessorize, it was common for men in the 1960s to accessorize as well. It was fashionable to wear wide neckties printed with patterns such as paisley or stripes, with combinations like sky blue, brown and orange. Other ties were in bright solid colors such as orange and red. In the late '60s, some men wore bandannas around their foreheads, love beads, medallion necklaces and leather belts with large buckles.