Camo clothing isn’t necessarily something that springs to mind when you think of hippies and hippie clothing however, believe it or not camouflage was rather popular. Why you ask? Well..
2nd Hand Clothing
Back in the day and still to this day, hippies love 2nd hand clothing. There are several reasons for this to be honest. First being that it is a cheap way to extend your wardrobe and second being that it is sustainable. The more we can reuse and up cycle clothing the more environmentally friendly we are. Everyone knows us hippy’s love to save money and the planet. Who doesn’t right?! Up cycling clothing is a great way to take an item of clothing and make it your own. Embellish with some additional colour, some patches or anything that takes your fancy!
Anything goes which leads us to why camo was a popular choice.
These stores were a great source of cheap quality clothing. Not only was it cheap but steeped in history – we are talking about clothing and items that have been worn by actual folk. Depending on what you are looking at, it may have been worn in training or in actual combat. You are not limited to one country either, you have options from armies all around the world.
Lots of people love to wear items from their own countries army as it makes them feel super patriotic. Don’t get me wrong I love my country but there are some seriously funky camo prints out there. Most popular in the 60’s and 70’s were oversized camouflage jackets that were well loved by the ladies just as much as the gents. With different colours available, mostly a mix of greens or light desert camo, and pockets galore why not.. Warm, practical and totally upcycleable (is that even a word? Well it is now). Jackets turned into gilets and trousers turned into shorts. Accessories such as belts and kit bags were popular too.
Charity shops were another great place to bag yourself a bargain. You were guaranteed to be able to find something camouflage that you could make your own.
I love a good charity shop find – I always tend to look for really old items that you just aren’t made anymore. Does anyone else make up stories about the person/past people who owned the item? What they were like and when they would wear it?… Feeling connected to people you don’t know by an item of clothing or by an accessory is a wonderful thing. Sometimes you just know what a good life the piece has had and how well loved it was – that makes it all the more special. Gives me a warm feeling inside.
Modern Day Camo
Camouflage prints are still loved to this day however they tend not to be worn by us hippies as more often than not they are animal prints which is something we tend not to wear. Yes the print is ace but it was more about the price and quality of the clothing. Chameleons have camouflage down to a T but unfortunately we don’t – oh if only we had the same capabilities but to be honest we don’t want blend into our surroundings but to stand out! Why? Because we just love to stand out! Hippy clothing is great for expressing who you really are! Whether you want to blend in or stand out, however you dress though is cool with us.