and i was like omigod its gorgeous. Why dont i post it on my blog and share some with you.
Then i start looking for more pictures from 50's era... and let's see what i got!
Here is a fashion spread from a 1957 issue of McCall’s magazine that shows the cutest summer dresses and playsuits inspired by the 1930s. Just goes to show that no matter what the era, designers always look back for inspiration.
I think women from The 50's are look expensive, elegant and yet effortless. If you wanna look standout then give it a shot!
|Women dressed "smartly' in the Fifties. Good grooming and a tailored look were prized. Acting and looking "every inch the lady" was taught virtually from the cradle and wearing a dress was a given.|
Notice our first ladies have heels and gloves. This was required to complete the look.
The first dress , a summery afternoon floral, has what was called a swing skirt. This very popular style had many forms, including the poodle skirt.
and the 2nd dress, the skirt part of the dress is in the pencil style. The object here is to attain an hourglass, or figure eight, body shape. This type of dress or skirt was not worn by young girls or teens. Too provacative. In this illustration, the dress also boasts bolero sleeves, which were popular.
Although not seen, a girdle was a necessary part of all ensembles.
two ladies perhaps off to shop or to lunch. One wears the pencil style and the other a swing.
The blue suit dress on the right features a short cropped jacket, accentuating the hourglass shape.
a luncheon dress in the pencil style and an everyday dress with the swing skirt.
an afternoon tea dress with characteristically fifties soft feminine touches
Again, dresses very typical of the day.
with or without a short jacket, a breezy look.
Note the wide collars at right which soften the neckline. "Peter Pan" or broad collars were a fixture of the 50s
Contrary to whatever impression you may have gathered from watching Donna Reed or Harriett Nelson, real wives and mothers did not go around doing housework in dresses accessorized by pearls and heels.
what about the make up and hairstyles?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the ladies above say it all. Fifties hairstyles were soft and curly. Straight hair was out. Short hair was in.
Nothing characterizes the Fifties quite as well as the saddle shoe. We all had them. We all wore them. And I'd be lying if I said I missed them. These things are heavy and rather stiff. And you couldn't just throw them in the washer when they got dirty! Give me my modern athletic shoe anyday.
50's coat, suits and jacket
|A well-tailored suit was as much a staple of the Fifties as it is today. As in these pictures, the 3/4 length sleeve was popular. Women found suits practical as they were appropriate for a wide variety of occasions. |
Note that these are skirt and coat suits NOT pant suits, they wouldn't be acceptable until the 1960's.
50's Pants, short and swimwear
Yes, young women wore them. And had we known they would be immortalized as the symbol of an era, more of us would have saved ours.
A poodle skirt is a wide swing skirt with a poodle appliqued or transferred onto the fabric. Poodles were not the only items used to adorn these skirts, they are just the best remembered.
But it was by no means all women wore.
Pleated skirts complimented the tailored look favored in the 50s. Whether as at left with a broader front panel or at right with the slightly larger flare to the skirt.
Hemlines were to the knee or just below it.
|These two at left and the one pictured above, are very basic Fifties blouses. Above and at top left, note the soft draping. The blouse left and below is simple and timeless. The rolled sleeve was popular, as was mongramming.|
|At left, we see essentially the same shirt, one with short sleeves, and one with the kimono sleeve. Both have a soft collar. |
The soft feminine look of the puff sleeve blouses at right is in keeping with the Fifties idea of womanhood.
Variations on a theme. At left, the yellow blouse has a shawl collar to soften and flatter. The other three could be worn alone or under a suit jacket.
Fabrics tended to be natural so ironing was required.
|Left - A young woman might wear a halter top in summer. The look was still very discreet and unlike today, no belly buttons are showing. Notice the high waist line on the shorts.|
Right - Showing the many possible sleeve variations of the Fifties.
A lady wore gloves in the Fifties. She was not seen as properly dressed without them. They came in many lengths and all colors. Short white gloves were most commonly worn and women always had several pairs. Why? Because they were the very devil to keep clean!
Much can be done with a scarf. Drape it as a belt; wrap it as a halter top; tie it about your head, babushka style. The later also served well on bad hair days or between trips to the beauty palor. Scarves were a useful and convenient accessory in the Fifties.
Most popularly, a short, brightly colored chiffon scarf secured many a ponytail!
No discussion of the Fifties Fashions would be complete without a look at the wild bathing caps of the day. The louder the cap, the better.
Let it never be said the Fifties were dull!
Another type of cap which was worn but never seen was the shower cap. Let's face it, your hair took overnight to dry and set you certainly weren't going to get it wet again.