Girls of Woodstock: The Best Beauty and Fashion from One of the Biggest Rock Festivals of All Time

Rolling Stone called it one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll. Woodstock 1969 is undoubtedly one of the biggest rock festivals of all time and a cultural touchstone in music history.

Like all music festivals, Woodstock showcased inspiring women wearing some pretty awesome fashion styles — sweet bell bottoms, crop tops and knit dresses.

Fashions of the 1960s reflected youth. From the child-like short skirts of the mid 1960s to the costume type outfits of the hippies, clothing took on new lines, color, and a reflection of vibrant optimism mixed with an idealistic yearning for a new egalitarian society.

The introduction of The Pill encouraged women to seek a new kind of freedom. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased interest in African culture as well as interest in other ethnic groups.

The 1960s was a time of social and cultural change, due in large part, to population demographics. According to the US Census Bureau, 36% of the US population was under 18 in 1960. A youth movement was underway.

The youthful population of the 1960s wore short skirts, geometric prints, and bright colors. From the casual sophistication of the early 60’s, to the Pop Art and Op Art influences of the Mods, dress styles went through radical changes.

Women had never shown so much skin. Young people rejected traditional clothing until second half of the decade, a kind of style anarchy created a new Bohemian look introduced by the hippie movement.