Every generation has its own fads; some are just more colorful than others. The '60s were full of movement and vibrancy, things reflected in the clothing of the era. Dust off those bellbottoms and take a spin back in time with these popular fads from the 1960s.


Two pairs of tie-dye socks
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Although the art of tie-dying had been around for thousands of years, it wasn’t introduced to America until the 1960s. The colorful swirls were originally adopted by artists and hippies but eventually found their way into the mainstream.

Banana seats

Banana seat on bike
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The banana seat was first invented in 1963 for the popular Schwinn “Sting Ray” bicycle. The high handlebars and iconic seat looked like a real motorcycle’s, turning the model into a hot-seller.

Balsa wood airplanes

Child holding balsa wood airplane against a blurry background
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Balsa wood model airplanes were not new in the 1960s; they were just reinvigorated. The original balsa wood model airplane was invented in 1926, but by the time World War II came around, all the balsa wood was needed to make rafts and other items for the war effort. The model airplanes were largely forgotten.

By the 1960s, balsa wood was readily available again, and the plane kits returned to stores.

The Twist

Old jukebox at a diner
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Young people fascinated by “American Bandstand” were mesmerized by the movements of the dancers on the screen. They adopted some of those moves and used them at sock hops on Friday nights. “The Twist” might be the most popular dance of the decade, but it wasn’t the only one on the scene. Do you remember how to do these other '60s dances?

  • The Loco-Motion
  • Mashed Potato
  • The Watusi
  • Funky Chicken
  • Hitch Hike
  • The Jerk
  • The Monkey
  • The Swim

Go-go boots

Collection of high white boots, gloves, and handbag
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Go-go boots were the preferred footwear for stylish women of the '60s. They were made popular by celebrities such as Nancy Sinatra, and they were embraced by hippies, fashionistas, and Motown divas.

Lava lamps

Orange lava lamp
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The space-age lamps that have cast their dim light over many dorm rooms and hangout areas in the '60s were actually invented in 1948. They weren’t designed to be “psychedelic.” The idea was to bring a soft, calm ambiance in any room. Lava lamps became standard for any counterculture enthusiast.