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Modern 50's Fashion

Updated on April 5, 2017
A modern take on the 1950s style
A modern take on the 1950s style | Source


Fashion in the 50's was all about glamour, femininity, and elegance. Skirts flared out to give the appearance of an hourglass figure. Dresses were fitted and came in solid colors, polka dots, leopard or floral prints. Hair was perfectly coiffed in curls or waves. The makeup included bright red lipstick, strong brows, lengthy lashes, and a pale complexion.

This classic look can be recreated for modern women. Choose a red lip with straight hair or curls with a pink lip. Mix vintage pieces with current ones for a unique look. The goal is to make a nod to the fifties without looking as if you're wearing a costume. Find inspiration from the stylish ladies of the 1950s, such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren. Then take cues from the celebrities of today, such as Katy Perry, Vita Don Teese, and Christina Aguilera.

Inspiration

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren | Source
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera | Source
Katy Perry
Katy Perry

Modern 50's Fashion

Button up shirt with pedal pushers
Button up shirt with pedal pushers | Source
Cherry dress with a sweetheart neckline
Cherry dress with a sweetheart neckline | Source
Polka dot dress
Polka dot dress | Source
Black and red 50's outfit
Black and red 50's outfit | Source

50's Fashion

Printed jumpsuit
Printed jumpsuit

Fashion in the 50's

Stylish 1950's women
Stylish 1950's women | Source

50's Tutorials

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Modern 50's outfit
Modern 50's outfit | Source

How to Dress in 50's Fashion

Black and white bow dress
Black and white bow dress

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      4 years ago

      "f: Thank you! Yes, I guess the tattoos are the modern twist when wearing 50's style clothing today. Thanks for voting!"

      YW.

      It's the floppiness of the skirts that were also so distinctive of the 50s. In the next decade not only did the hems go up; the skirts were also straighter.

      Yes, in the 50s a tattoo might have have been thought of as quite daring for a women but these days it's been long established as a quite benign, if stylish, enhancement, hasn't it? (Your other thread on tattoos was really good, too.)

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      Erin Bower 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Mike: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and voting. :)

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      Mike Robbers 

      4 years ago from London

      Nice hub and beautiful photos of the 1950s fashion. Thanks for sharing. Voted and shared!

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      Erin Bower 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      f: Thank you! Yes, I guess the tattoos are the modern twist when wearing 50's style clothing today. Thanks for voting!

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      4 years ago

      PS: Voted up, of course.

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      4 years ago

      Interesting hub, complementing your other hub about 1950s make up, if I remember correctly. Some of the models, above, have tattoos, which wouldn't have happened so much in the 1950s, but then tattoos are colorful and in that sense 195oish, anyway. It was the era of the floppy dress and the sometimes plunging neckline, anyhow.

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      Erin Bower 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Mhatter99: Thank you!

      thelyricwriter: It is hard to believe it was so long ago. Time moves so fast! Thanks for voting and sharing!

      NateB11: I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for reading this!

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Love this well-laid out exposition of the beauty, glamor and femininity of 50s fashions and those who exemplify. Great subject and aesthetically pleasing exploration of it.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting hub! For me, it's hard to believe that was 60 odd years ago. Very interesting to see the clothing styles and how they dressed during that time. Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Martin Kloess 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub! Arlene and I had our 50's thing in 1976 (I think).

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