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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.

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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 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.

© 2007 Wendy Iturrizaga


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      9 years ago

      We did a series of photographs a couple of years back when my partner was in her mid 40s. Originally the idea was just a bit of fun and hopefully to take some pictures I could use for paintings. The wine flowed, we had great fun and the result was a collection of retro style glamour photographs that we decided to put on my art website. Despite initial reservations that some of the picture were a bit risque we don't seem to have shocked anyone too much and most of her friends are extremely envious. She has the confidence to carry it off and I think she looks fantastic!

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      Ashley Lekov 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I love vintage...I used to work at a consignment shop and got first dibs on all of the cool clothes!!! I love this hub!

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      10 years ago

      Glamorous, NOT hard to achieve at all! Red lipsticks and high heels are still sold today. In fact this eras key features are so versatile that even 2 of them added to an outfit make people think -Ahhh....the 50s....with a sigh.

      Don´t forget the rollers that is.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Histiletto : thanks for the comment, very informative.

      naomi polley: How could I forget Diana Dors? I've just added a picture of her, perfectly glamorous.

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      naomi polley 

      10 years ago

      they should be photos ov diana dors on here. she had the 50s glam factor!!

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      11 years ago

      The styles of the 50's to the very early 60's is definitely an eye catcher. Like Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, and etc., Dita Von Tees presents some of the extremely sexual and sensual apparel attributed to that era. Doris Day. Betty Grable, Katharine Hepburn, Rosemary Clooney, Lana Turner, and etc., were the movie stars that pesented the becoming fashions for the every day classy look of the business woman and a wife. People were more likely to dress in their Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes when they appeared in public, because there was a social code of dress that was expected for general public activity. Obviously, the code has been compromised for many of our public venues, outside of formal dress functions. 

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      11 years ago from UK

      beautiful clothes and very sexy

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      Erinn Soule 

      11 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub! I think I am going to go dig out a few of my mom's items...and doll myself up tonight! rawr! grrrr! Watch out hubby! Red lipstick? Who knew!

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      Isabella, I love the glam too, especially if it is so sensual. Not easy to be a "glam mom" I can assure you... but it is deligthful!

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      Isabella Snow 

      11 years ago

      Love the glam, very nice hub Princessa!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      happy you like the pictures Compu-smart and djtphn1,  I love the style!

      Come on Markuz they are not that old...  Dita and Victoria are less than forty!  The only 'oldie' is the model from 1957.

      We agree on the 50s fashion being very feminine RF. Love vintage styles they are so classy...

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      11 years ago

      Pretty girls. It's a pity they're now oldies.

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      11 years ago

      This is good work, princessa,



    • djtphn1 profile image


      11 years ago from Riverside County, California

      Beautiful pictures.....

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      11 years ago from London UK

      I love that phrase "dolled up";) ps.Im only hear for the pictures:P

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      11 years ago from France

      It is very feminine Zsuzsy, I am happy you like the style. I think it is very elegant and not very difficult to achieve. I love getting all "dolled up" not only for others to see me but also for myself, looking at the mirror and liking what I see can make a whole difference to my day!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Looks quite feminine! Not for everyone, especially in this day and age. I can't imagine having to get all dolled up to drop off the kids at the sitter and continue on to shop for groceries or pump your own gas for that matter...

      Loved the Hub

      regards Zsuzsy


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