Monday, April 22, 2013

High School Fashions, 1969

I posted this first picture on my Facebook page last night and quite a discussion ensued about the fashions shown here.  Many schools still had dress codes in 1969 and girls would not have been allowed to wear their skirts this short.  In addition to skirts being no more than 2" above the knee, girls could not wear pants to school until the dress codes were abolished.  Here in Boston, the dress code at my school was thrown out in 1968 after a group of boys started growing their hair longer than their shirt collars and refused to cut it.  After they were all suspended, their parents protested to the School Board because the length of one's hair has nothing to do with learning. The School Board caved and after that, we could wear mini skirts, pants and even hot pants, but jeans were still taboo until 1972.

The photos shown here were all taken in 1969 by Arthur Schatz.  I get a California vibe here, and wouldn't be surprised if that is where the photos were taken.  The hippie looks did not become popular here on the East Coast until a couple of years later, but the mini skirts, bell bottom pants, wild prints, long straight hair and knee socks are spot on.


Carole Mellin said...

Loved the pictures. What good memories!

Déjà Pseu said...

I missed that discussion, but we weren't allowed to wear pants either until about 1971!

Renata said...

Wow, there's even a barefoot girl in the first picture. I love this "real life" post.

BetterDressesVintage said...

Great post, Jody. My mom wore jeans to high school in the 1950s! She attended The High School of Music & Art, in NYC. I think maybe because it was all artsy fartsy types, the rules were a bit different? She said a typical "uniform" was boy's Levi's rolled up as peddle pushers, black Capezio ballet slippers (real ones, not "ballet flats"), and a black turtleneck. Very Audrey, n'est-ce pas?

Anne M Bray said...

Hahahaha. The bandana tied around leg over pant -- I forgot about that look!

This definitely looks like CA to me too. Maybe the amount of color?

I went to a girls' prep, 70-74. There was a lot more of girls in boys clothing, especially Levi's 501s. The long straight hair with center part? YES!

LaLa Love said...

Why do I find this gorgeous! I mean this to some people is ONLY fashion but to me it is pure ART! looking back at photographs from any era and any vintage style clothing is like looking through a glass into the past of what we call history! LONG story short! I love your blog and all of the amazing work you have put into it!

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