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How To Get The Sensual 1950s Glamourous Look

Updated on November 18, 2015
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The Best Look For Curvy Girls


If you have a curvy body and you are some how a fashion nostalgic, the 1950s pin-up girl style is what you should be after to highlight your curves and your personality. High fashion models of the 50s looked well bred, slightly aloof and rather older than their years.

Elizabeth Taylor 1955

Studio publicity portrait of the American actress Elizabeth Taylor. 1955
Studio publicity portrait of the American actress Elizabeth Taylor. 1955 | Source

Dita Von Teese

Luscious Dita Von Teese  in 50s vintage dress.
Luscious Dita Von Teese in 50s vintage dress.

The 1950s Look

In the early 1950s, the mature elegant beauty was the ideal.

The 50s style played on sexuality, sensuality and innocence all at the same time. Think Paris 1950s glamour. The ‘Vamp', nightmare of housewives, femme fatale. The woman who walks her ample hips equilibrated over stiletto high heels. That is the style you want to wear if you are curvaceous and proud of it.


If you still not get the picture, think Dita Von Teese. Ditta has the curves.

Easy to wear season after season. You will only need a few basic items like straight pencil skirts, bright red lipstick, retro dresses and stiletto heels. Not only this style highlights curves but worn wisely is very elegant. Also, it saves a lot of money in renewing your wardrobe at every season.

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"One is not born a woman, one becomes one"

— Simone de Beauvoir "The Second Sex"

How to Get the 1950s Look

  • To re-create the 1950s look you must aim to create an alluring hourglass silhouette.
  • If you are proud of your bust, look for low scoop necklines a la Marilyn Monroe.
  • Pencil skirts and A-line skirts are a great add to any 1950s wardrobe.
  • Wear 1950s inspired stilettos.
  • Finish your outfits with a 1950s era belt to show off your hourglass figure.
  • If you weren’t born with bombshell curves, remember that you can always cheat wearing a corset to tame and create curves.
  • Look for genuine vintage items from this era

50s Style

Suit by Jacques Fath, from L'Officiel, 1957.
Suit by Jacques Fath, from L'Officiel, 1957.
Diana Dors
Diana Dors
You can be a Mom and still look glam !
You can be a Mom and still look glam !
Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham

A "Glam" Mom?

Yes, if you know how to play your fashion cards you can be a mother and still look glamorous. Again, opt for the 50s style and you are on your way to creating an impression.

The indispensable fashion item? Big dark sunglasses, to hide the fact that your "little darling" kept you awake most of the night and you had no time to put on full makeup.

Fashion item number 2: This season's enormous handbags. Please, forget the "Peter Rabbit" bag at home and go out with your child in one of the new style handbags. Lots of materials and shapes to choose from. They are just ideal to carry baby bottles, nappies, wet wipes, an extra change of clothes, a couple of toys to keep your little one entertained, and of course, your mobile phone and agenda.

To complete the 'glam' look do not forget the high heels. I know, I am a mom too, and is not easy to run after toddlers on high heels, but then... they cannot run that fast anyway!

If you are breastfeeding take advantage of your new found cleavage. Wear tops generously cut and everybody will be so busy looking at your cleavage that they will not notice the extra pounds that you still haven't lost around the tummy.

And of course, do not forget the indispensable item of the 50s "Vamps" a good corset. You can find absolutely gorgeous corsets that also have a good hold on the extra bits that you want to hide to smooth your silhouette. They give you good support and they can be very sexy.

1950s Fashions in Paris - Real Vintage Fashion Footage

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50s Style Dresses Look Great on Curvaceous Women

50s style dresses look amazing on curvy and plus size ladies. If in doubt look at the picture on the right, the model is wearing a red dress from Women's Plus Sizes at Torrid.com The gorgeous red dress highlight curves and look sophisticated and sassy at the same time.

Marilyn Monroe 1957

Marilyn Monroe Promotional photograph for the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl
Marilyn Monroe Promotional photograph for the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl | Source

Jayne Mansfield 1957

Jayne Mansfield with jockeys 1957
Jayne Mansfield with jockeys 1957 | Source

A complete guide to Womens Hair Care from the Glamour Days of the 1950's.

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