How to get in the 1969 spirit for our #ALDENWOW50 Anniversary Party!

If you’re lucky enough to be on the list for our November 9 Anniversary Party celebrating 50 years of the Alden, you’ll want to get in the spirit! Guests will be wearing 1969-themed outfits while enjoying our Summer of Love-themed decor and music.

1969 is a fun year since we were right on the cusp between go-go groovy outfits and flower child hippie style. Feel free to express the throwback theme in whatever way appeals to you.

Here are some things that went on in 1969, just to get you inspired:

  • The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records .
  • Woodstock attracts more than 350,000 rock-n-roll fans
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am muscle car is introduced
  • The Top Song was Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension
  • Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon.
  • The price of gas was 35 cents per gallon
  • The first U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam
  • The average cost of a new house was $15,500
  • Box office hits included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Midnight Cowboy and Valley of the Dolls
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am muscle car is introduced
  • Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon.

One way to go is Mary Quant-style mod: mini-skirts with knee socks, platform shoes, pinafore dresses and short shift dresses. Mod men wore narrow pants and ties, patent leather shoes and vests.

And on the other side of the spectrum is beatnik style- personified by Jimi Hendrix and Jane Birkin. Bohemian looks like wide flare collars, bell-bottom pants, peasant tops, flower crowns, embroidered shirts and earthy jewelry bring out the hippie vibe. So whether you want to channel Ali McGraw, Cher, Stevie Nicks, George Harrison or John Lennon, 1969 is the year of freedom and fun!

If you need help finding a great 1969-themed costume, we recommend ARTPool Gallery in St. Petersburg. They have a full range of authentic, original 1969 clothing, plus hippie accessories to complete your look. Just tell them the look you are seeking and they will help you find the perfect outfit for you. Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the party!

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