Sep 12

How to Party like it’s 1969!

This year marks the Bryan School’s 50th anniversary, and to celebrate we’re planning a throw-back homecoming party beyond anything the Bryan School has seen before! On October 19, the Bryan School will play host to alumni and friends in the EUC Cone Ballrooms with the theme “Party like it’s 1969”.

But how do you party like it’s 1969? 

Your tickets already include the fundamentals of the party – adult beverages, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, music, dancing, and of course, a photo booth – but the rest of it has to come with you! While you’re welcome to wear your usual party outfit, we encourage you to break out some groovy vintage gear and come dressed in your best interpretation of the Bryan School’s birth year – 1969! 

While many alumni from the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department may know exactly how to accomplish this, we thought you might like a little inspiration as you start planning your outfit.

Here are a few tips on what to look for:

  • Dusty tones
  • High-waisted flared jeans
  • Coats and jackets with wide lapels and/or fur detailing 
  • Double breasted jackets
  • Suede and kaftans 

Here are four ways to dress in 1969 style:

1. Buy Local

Vintage clothing is exploding in popularity. Check out one of the many vintage stores in your area! Greensboro and the surrounding areas have lots of options.

Design Archives Emporium 342 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Design Archives Vintage and Handmade Emporium
636 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Revision Vintage
313 E Market St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Vintage To Vogue Boutique
530 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27406

1A. This tassel shirt and some well-worn denim will make you Woodstock ready. Some leather moccasin style shoes are not only comfy but will also let you dance the night away at homecoming. Found at Design Archives in Greensboro.

1B. This vintage Lee leisure suit western style shirt paired with these printed poly pants make a cool statement. Finish it off with some patent shoes, and some oversized shades and you’re all set – found at Design Archives.

1C. Cassidy Burel, CARS ‘20 modeling some thrift finds at Design Archives in Downtown Greensboro – This gorgeous chevron fur coat, paired with some high waisted denim pull together this groovy look.

1D. Kerrie Rogers, CARS ‘11, MBA ‘18 Modeling some vintage finds. Pairing some ultra flares with this feminine off-shoulder lace top help build the foundation of this look, but let’s be honest, this woven basket bag is what makes it a killer 1969 look. Found at Design Archives in Greensboro.

1E. Helping hands at Design Archives in Greensboro – Bryan School Alum, Chae Chuvalo Spivey, CARS ‘12, and Madi Hill, Manager. These lovely people want to help you put together your 1969 style – come visit them downtown!

2. Get Thrifty

Goodwill and Salvation Army offer endless decades of inspiration.

Shopping vintage can get pricey, so if you’re up for doing a little digging, try checking out your local thrift store.  Freedom House, Goodwill and Salvation Army have multiple locations, but these are a couple favorites in the Triad: 

Bargain Box of Junior League
1410 Mill St, Greensboro, NC 27408

Freedom House Thrift
Battleground Store 3724 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410

Salvation Army Thrift Store
3610 N Elm St a, Greensboro, NC 27455

Triad Goodwill Store & Donation Center
3519 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27405

Mega Thrift
University Parkway 2816 University Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Here is some more inspiration for what to look for while shopping!

2A. Dusty Tones in monochromatic matching sets.

2B. High waisted pants with contrasting belts and tucked in button downs.

2C & 2D. Go for florals with a headband for that Woodstock vibe.

2E. Sport the mini skirt dress with a pair of tall boots.

2F & 2H. For men, the monochromatic look where shirt and pants can be offset with a contrast color jacket. Feel to mix the order up and don’t forget the man bag!

2G. Go for texture like a heavy weave sport coat.

2I. Look for the vests and flared pants.

3. Shop New Digs

Some modern takes on 1969 fashion can pass for the real thing.

Buying used not your thing? Lucky for you, there are a ton of new 1969-inspired threads out there! The late 1960s and 1970s are very much in style this season – here are some of the options out there. 

3A. Vintage Modern High Rise Cord Flare Jean – Corduroy was very on trend in the late 60s and 70s, and you can buy the whole shabang on

3B. Men’s Pleated Denim Jacket – Pretend like you’re Brad Pitt in Once upon a time in Hollywood with this new Wrangler jacket on

3C. Brad Pitt and Leonardo Decaprio in “Once upon a time in Hollywood” set in 1969

3D. Vintage Modern High Rise Flare Jean – Stockton Rainbow, modeled by Cassidy Burel, CARS ‘20, photo by Austin P. Gil. Available on

4. Shop your closet

Get inspired and put together your own look from things you already own.

Some things you probably already have in your closet that you can dig out to make a look include:

  • Corduroy – Pair it with denim or a basic button up and you’ll look the part.
  • Silk scarves – Tie them around your head, neck, or waist and you’ll be halfway there.
  • Denim on denim – Have denim pants? Have a denim jacket? Go full western – this was totally in style in 1969.
  • Monochromatic – Wear all the same color, especially bright colors, and you’ll look pulled together and can probably pass for the late 60s.
  • Suede – Do you own a suede jacket or suede pants? That was all the rage during the woodstock era.
  • NASA anything – Are you a NASA Geek? Wear your space gear and be on theme with the moon landing.
  • Fur – Faux or real, fur was trendy.

Purchase party tickets online today! Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.