In the s, handbags grew smaller, often envelope in shape. Before the war, all men wore hats. Nearly any animal, insect, or flower could be depicted on this kind of skirt. Chukka boots are ankle-high leather boots that typically only have pairs of holes for lacing the shoelace. These had more fabric, often with layered petticoats to make it more full.
Full skirts, tight tops, capris and flat shoes — well suited to jive dancing become iconic for this age. This influenced casual fashions across the age range in both men and women.
Always to mid calf - never shorter but maybe longer for eveningwear. Petticoats were several layers of net and generally starched for extra stiffness or frothy chiffon in eveningwear in vibrant colours of green, pink and yellow! Fell from natural waist with little excess fabric with a small black split at the back.
Pencil line dresses were also very popular for all ages, being a very sophisticated look for more mature women worn with heels and plenty of accessories.
The wiggle dress looks fabulous with a swing coat. A pencil skirt with a shirt or sweater and worn with flats is a more fun way of wearing the look. Again the skirt length is important - it must be calf length to look really 50s. The Sweater Girl Look: Ironically, it's a little shocking to the modern eye as this look's aim was to emphasise a thrusting conical shaped bust and was invariably worn with a bullet bra.
In actual fact, the modern rounded bust shape would have looked peculiar in the 50s - as everyone aimed for this shape bosom. Many vintage dresses accomodate for this shape in their makeup. The sweater evolved from turtleneck into the twin set - a 50s staple. Tip 1 — the foundation Foundation garments were deemed essential starting blocks. Nowadays, knickers are more hipster in style — but during the 50s, the waist was at the natural area just above the belly button.
If you want to wear a pencil skirt and you were modern underwear you will get the unsightly bumps caused by these knickers. So our first tip is — get the right knickers.
Hats were small lampshade style, wide brimmed or pill box shaped and were often accompanied by a veil. Gloves were long in the evening pushed down with bracelets and short in the day. Nearly any animal, insect, or flower could be depicted on this kind of skirt. Try a shirt dress. Shirt dresses were very popular.
A narrow belt was often worn with this kind of dress. Realize that further into the decade, styles changed. Here is a run down of silhouette styles after The A-line look narrow shoulder to wide hem was very popular.
Looser fitting dresses were also seen mid-decade. Sac or Sack dresses became common; these were loose and baggy. At this time, the hemline for most skirts and dresses was near the knee. Jackets became boxy and the Chanel look a type of woman's suit was worn. This look had contrast trim around the jacket edges, no collar, and small pockets with contrast buttons.
There were several different styles of pants popular for women in the s. Pant legs became narrow during the '50s. Pants were very popular and worn at home and for leisure. The capri was mid-calf length; the peddle pusher was a long short; Bermuda shorts were knee-length.
These were worn with flat shoes, ballet-type flats, and simple sneakers like Keds. Small hats worn close to the head were popular during the early s  , but during the latter years flower pot hats were seen.
These kinds of hats were worn higher on the head and were bigger in shape. Know the hairstyles for women. Early in the '50s hairstyles were short and close, much like Audrey Hepburn's style, with short bangs in the front and short, flat layers on the sides and back.
Later, women's hairstyles became larger and bouffant, in the fashion of Elizabeth Taylor. Invest in some period appropriate shoes and gloves. Gloves of all colors were worn with dresses.
Longer above the elbow gloves were worn at night with bracelets for a more formal look, while shorter wrist length gloves were worn in the daytime. In the s, handbags grew smaller, often envelope in shape. The "Kelley" bag was a simple hand bag with handle. Wicker and gold lame were popular handbag material. Wear a fitted suit.
During this time, suits were becoming more narrow - with slim "cigarette leg" pants and a sack coat shape like a Brooks Brother's suit. Charcoal grey was a popular color for men's suits. Before the war, all men wore hats.
But moving into the '50s, hats became less and less popular. Because men were driving more and hats were bothersome to wear while in the car. Pay attention to the trends for shirts. For men, there were many situational fashions that were worn at certain times by certain types of people. Khaki and plaid shirts or button-down collared oxford cloth shirts were seen on students.
T-shirts were seldom worn alone because they were considered an undershirt. Hawaiian shirts and box shirts were worn in the summer. Know what pants were in fashion. Slim-legged cigarette pants were a popular men's style during this time period. Jeans were typically used for outdoor wear, but many teenagers wore them more regularly.
Bermuda shorts were often worn in the summer. Find the right shoes. In the s, most men wore Oxford shoes often two-toned , saddle shoes  , or chukka boots. Saddle shoes are two toned usually black and white leather shoes with a flat heel. They are typically a white shoe with a black decorative "saddle" in the middle section.
Chukka boots are ankle-high leather boots that typically only have pairs of holes for lacing the shoelace. Know the hairstyles for men. Hair was worn short, in a post-military style.
Men started to wear their hair longer at the end of the decade, but it was still groomed to stay off the ears.
Elvis Presley made this hairstyle famous in the s. Scarves were used in a versatile way, such as belts, to tie pony tails, and worn around the neck. Today, the most identifiable way of how scarves were worn in the '50s was on the head as a bandanna. Not Helpful 4 Helpful People have been wearing jewelry since prehistoric times.
During the 50s, your typical casual jewelry would be minimalistic in nature. Pearls, tennis bracelets, stud earrings, small chain necklaces - with or without a small pendant.
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