It must be understood that what makes up the hippie fashion came to be because of hippie ideals. They weren't aiming for a counter-cultural movement in the 60's and 70's. How they dressed and what they did all derived from the self concept of living life freely and naturally. Peace instead of war. Love instead of hate. Joy instead of pain. Natural instead of artificial.
It was inevitable for this frame of reference to give rise to the hippie style that became a cultural icon. They dressed for comfort, which was also a by-product of wearing the most natural materials. A loose-fitting top made with cotton or wool; casual shirts or tie dye shirts. Leather vests or combat jackets. Women commonly wore peasant blouses or long, flowing seamless dresses. Bell bottoms, fringed jeans, hip hugger jeans, patched jeans. Accessories like wide leather belts, headbands, ankle belts or bracelets, and leather sandals. Hemp was a common material woven to make hippie clothing.
A comfortable top that gained notoriety within the hippie fashion was the Baja Hoodie which came from South America and migrated north into the United States carried by its popularity among various cultures on the continent. Eventually, the Baja Hoodie, Mexican Poncho, Jacket, or Pullover began to be manufactured in the U.S with the use of Eco-yarn, a material produced with recycled, unused, shirt clippings from mills. A demand for the Baja Hoodie still exists today among a wide variety of cultures. It is safe to say that the hoodie is one article of hippie clothing that transcended cultural boundaries.
There are many color variations and styles to choose from. The rasta style, stemming from the Rastafarian movement, uses the colors of black, green, yellow, and red. The rugby style consists of a dark, solid color with one or two horizontal lines across the mid-section. The hoodie can be worn in warm or cold weather, taking its versatility from its unique eco-yarn material allowing for breathability and comfort. The most notable feature is the hood of course, with two pull strings at the base in the front. A pouch in the front is the other distinct feature.
The Baja Hoodie is here to stay. It started with the hippies and can now be worn by all groups of people. Whether you're making a hippie costume for Halloween or dressing to be fashionable and stylish a Baja Hoodie is the perfect choice.