We Are Still Wearing What Women Wore At The MLK Jr. March circa 1968

Happy MLK Day!

Let me start with with a quick history lesson…
Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and civil rights activist who played an intricate role in creating social change through nonviolent practices. His leadership started in 1955 and ended in 1968 when he was tragically murdered in Birmingham, AL. One of his most notable practices was The March in Washington on August 28, 1963. Where it was reported that the attendance was anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 people. Although women had to fight for their right to be on the speaking platform, I mean this was during the 60s, they showed up in droves to participate in the march. Which had me thinking, what kind of styles were the women rocking while they were fighting for human equality?

The style from the mid-50s through the 60s ranged from clean & perfectly matched to trashy & bold. It was like Jackie-O decided to get rid of those modest suit sets to wear a mini and thigh high boots. Some of the styles we consider trend-setters today are some of the same pieces women were wearing back in the 60s while carrying a fist up or a with a sign that read, “We are all equal.”   As a matter of fact, you are probably wearing one right now. Take at the style then and how we are styling it now…

Flares (or bell-bottoms) 

suede rust trousers with sheer bodysuit
Sade A. Spence | 📸 – Hamilton Wolfe

Turtlenecks

Bold Prints &  Culottes 

Mini Skirts 

Bold Colors

The Babydoll Dress 

Capes

Historical events and fashion both have the classics that we will always celebrate.  Maybe history and fashion is related more than I thought.  Which is your favorite style from this era?

(p.s. you can shop all of the current styles at http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com.)

Stay Fearless 💋

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