Make your own Hippy Costume

Hippies know a good thing when they see or feel it and that is peace, love and happiness. Join in the love fest dressed in a 1960s inspired Hippy costume and stand up against the man to let your socio–political voice be heard. The great thing about putting together a “hip” hippy costume is that you already probably have at least half–the items in your closet since this is a clothing trend that has gone around and come around several times.

Items needed to make your Hippy Costume

Items Needed:
Blue jeans
Paint pens for fabric
Tie–dye t–shirt
Tie–dye bandana
Suede fringed vest
Women – wreath of flowers for hair
Men – faux facial hair


Step 1: Find a pair of faded, ripped jeans – hip huggers and bell–bottoms are the best. Next, embellish your jeans with symbols and designs of the era. Using paint pens meant for fabric (purchase at craft store) doodle on peace symbols, rainbows, logos of 60s musical groups and whatever else inspires you.

Step 2: Pair your decorated jeans with a tie–dye shirt and bandana for the perfect hippy costume. You probably already have one of these colorful shirts in your wardrobe or you can make one with a white t–shirt, rubber bands and kit of dyes, following manufacturer’s directions.

Step 3: Layer a suede fringed vest in any color over the t–shirt. This may be harder to find, so to substitute you can use an oversized brown t–shirt. Just cut off the sleeves, make a cut all the way up the center front to the neckline, trim off the ribbed neckline, and make “fringe” cuts from the bottom hem up to the waist.

Step 4: The longer your hair, the better for a Hippy costume. Women can top off their look with a wreath of flowers made from silk flowers while men can add fake facial hair such as long sideburns and mustaches.

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