Fancy Dress costumes for the Swinging Sixties

Posted by Jen on 30/07/2012 in 60's fashion, Goodwood Revival |

The 60’s saw lots of diverse trends being picked up, making it a exciting area for fancy dress. Having been through decades of War, rationing and depression the fashion industry had at last revived itself inventing many fashion trends which are still popular today.

During the 60’s many social taboo’s were broken, this included sexism and racism. Due to this, the sixties will always be known the era for change. The ‘swinging sixties’ is famous for its music, social trends and fashions. The most popular fashion being psychedelic prints, bright colours and mismatched patterns. The bikini and mini skirt were just two items invented in this era. The mini skirt was invented in 1964 by Mary Quant and with that, fashion changed forever.

The invention of the mini skirt meant women had even more choice when it came to fashion, it created a world of micro skirts and mini dresses. It also means even more options when dressing up!

The 60’s is a very fun period to dress up from. It encourages new styles, bright colours and rebellion. This was the period where teenagers started to have a voice and it showed through their choice of clothing and music.

We have a variety of fun 60’s costumes available on the Mad Hatters website. For girls we have lots of psychedelic costumes including the Tessa pink and black dress with matching cap. This costume has square blocks and is a mini quant dress, perfectly capturing the sixties theme. The matching hat also embraces the sixties fashion. This dress would look great accessorised with long socks and platform heels. Bright jewellery would also set this outfit apart from the others. There are other styles of dresses women can also choose from.

For the men we have the iconic Sergeant Pepper Beatles costumes. The Beatles were a huge part of the sixties and we have all four costumes available. The costumes include matching trousers and jackets. They also look perfect accessorised with a 60’s wig and matching shoes which are also available for hire. For the men we also have the Flower Power Hippy costume. This is exactly as it says and can be partnered with the female outfit to make a great couples costumes.

Our website has lots of outfits for any era whether you be dressing for the 40’s, 50’s or swinging 60’s. All of these are great eras for fancy dress as our costumes show.

If you are attending the Goodwood Revival this year then give us a call at Mad Hatters on 01580 830757 for help in finding the perfect outfit.  You can also visit our website on


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