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Hot Pants

The super-short shorts known as ‘hot pants’ first appeared in the late 60s as an alternative to the micro-miniskirt that threatened to expose it...

Hush Puppies

Before Hush Puppies Shoes revolutionised the footwear market in 1958 with their super-soft comfort sole and the forgiving stretch of pigskin suede, there were...

HyperColor T-shirts

T-Shirts that would - in theory - change colour if you touched them. In reality, you had to pull the shirt to your mouth...

ID Bracelets

ID bracelets confirmed a person's identity, but they were so much more useful than that. When boys gave their sweethearts their ID bracelets, that couple...

Iron-On T-Shirt Transfers

There once was a time, believe it or not, when all t-shirts were not blank white garments. But as soon as someone realised that a...

Ivy League Look

The financially prosperous times of the 1950’s sent kids off to college instead of war and the best way to prepare for your collegiate days...

Jeepers

Jeepers were an affordable clone of the Converse sneaker, sold at Sears for kids whose parents wouldn’t buy them the much sought after label....

Jordache

The designer jean debate was just beginning when Jordache entered the race in 1978. Sergio Valente had been dancing on the disco scene for a...

Jumpsuits

The jumpsuit was first produced in 1913 as the Lee-Union-All, created by the H.D. Lee Mercantile Company. The one-piece suit would become the official...

Kaftans

By the late 60s, the Kaftan was one of the favourite items of clothing in the Flower Children scene. Hippies were influenced by Eastern religions...

Keds

In 1892, the US Rubber Company began producing rubber for the soles of shoes, and by 1916 those rubber-soled canvas shoes became known as...

Kickers

               

Legwarmers

FAME! Oh, yeah! you're practically already dancing, aren't you? And you know that little jig won't look right without one very important accessory: a...

Leisure Suit/Safari Suit

A loose-tailored two-piece suit with flat jacket pockets which experienced a brief popularity as an after-work outfit for men. Often made from textured polyester...

Letterman sweaters

Nothing said star athlete, shining good looks, and school spirit quite like the letterman sweater. A cardigan-style sweater with button front and hip pockets,...

Loon Pants

Cotton unisex trousers which flared from the knee and fitted neither sex properly, but at least they were cheap and available in a wide range of...

Love Beads

The peace-loving hippies shared their love with each other, and as a sign of their affection for fellow human beings, they wore love beads. Handmade beaded...

Mary Janes

Once upon a time, a little sailor-hat-wearing boy called Buster Brown had a sister, and her name was Mary Jane. The two siblings were popular...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone...