By 1972, the feel of the peppy mod sixties had faded away. In its place was a style that combined elements from the hippy counter-culture – by now, no longer really even “counter”, but a mainstream ideal embraced by the largest generation ever, the Baby Boomers. Additionally, Women’s Lib had its impact, with pants for women suddenly being the “in” look.
But let’s stop talking about ’72 styles, and actually have a look at them. Here, gathered together from the far corners of the vintage fashion landscape (fashion magazines, college yearbooks, needlework pamphlets, and more) are some wonderful examples of women’s and teen fashions from the grand old year of nineteen hundred and seventy-two. Take a look: