Continuing with ideas for Spring fashions so here is the 1950’s.
The 50’s kicked off with new hope and with Dior’s New Look in 1947, women wanted to throw off the utilitarian work wear and dress up in luxurious feminine clothes.
- Twinsets and sweaters – short sleeve turtle neck worn tight and fitted.
- Bell shaped coats
- Slim pencil skirts
- Boxy collarless jackets or nipped in waist and short waisted
- Strapless dresses and gowns
- Circular skirts
- Wide belts worn over dresses, skirts or trousers
- Over sized collars
- Gloves – worn short for formal day wear and long satin for evening
- Slacks – ski-pant style or Capri pants with ballet pumps.
- Trapeze coats – made to accommodate the wide skirts and the post-war pregnancy boom!!!
- Over sized detailing – huge shawl collars, giant buttons, and large turn-back cuffs.
The late 50’s was when the first teenagers started to move away from the clothes their parents wore – jeans and t-shirts became popular but I am afraid this post will be more to do with the elegant ladies with matching bags and shoes – I don’t do jeans, however popular they were at the time???
I will be wearing a little fitted shift dress team with a jacket or cardigan, gloves, pair of stilettos and box bag or a fuller skirted dress and hat with a scarf around the crown to match my dress. For more casual days (or as casual as I get!) a pair of Capri pants, ballet pumps and a fitted white shirt (think Grace Kelly in High Society) or a pencil skirt team with a twin set and flat loafers.