From the shoot for the December 1, 1961 cover of LIFE
Photo by Mark Kauffman/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images
Written By: Lily Rothman, Liz Ronk
The clothing of the 1960s and 1970s made their indelible mark on the way American dresses, from big-picture changes (the general move toward more casual dress, for example) to the smallest details (monokinis, which are still a thing).
But, as these covers show, the fashions of the ’60s and ’70s were hardly monolithic. From mod maxi dresses and matching trouser suits to minidresses and 1950s nostalgia, the look of LIFE was ever-changing.