Vintage Apparel Styles of the 1950’s Woman
The 1950's era was the epitome of fashion. Looking good and dressing elegantly was the norm, and every young girl was brought up to recognise style
Vintage apparel of the 1950s was the formal tailored silhouette look and women always looked so refined and stylish, dressed not only in her full skirted dress, or pencil skirt and blouse, but completed her look with her long coat, hand gloves, a hat, and a string of pearls.
It was a very feminine and stylish era and a woman's figure was meant to be shapely with the curves in the right places showing distinct hip lines and prominent busts.
Vintage style clothing demands a women’s waist be small, and for those who weren't naturally endowed with a figure eight, girdles, waist cinchers and shapers provided the desired hourglass shape.
"Provocative" Cuts of Vintage Fashion
Chic and almost provocative, fashion of the 50's include beautifully tailored apparel like the wiggle dress, the skin tight figure hugging high-waist pencil skirt, and full circle skirts with stiff nylon petticoats.
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The wiggle dress is definitely a provocative, body hugging dress that clings beautifully, giving the woman a silhouette many couldn’t get enough of, and the tiny waistlines and narrow mid-calf skirts drove women’s fashion into an appealing and sexy "overdrive".
The fifties was a time of practised etiquette and femininity, a time when every occasion demands a studied attention to fashionable clothes and glamorous accessories.
Afternoon attire worn to ladies tea parties was different from the ones worn to the cinemas. And when shopping for groceries, or attend children’s school events, though clothing was casual, it was still stylish and tailored.
The 50's Woman's Vintage Clothes
The nineteen fifties was a great decade that experienced a very vibrant fashion activity that celebrated some of the best qualities of the traditional gender roles, including all things feminine for women.
Examples of vintage apparel of the day include:
- Tailored skirt suits
- Wearing dresses with bolero style jackets
- Twin-sets tops
- Wiggle dress
- Shirt waist dresses with full pleated swing skirts
- Full-length cocktail gowns with elbow length opera gloves
- Bullet bras worn under tight sweaters and cardigans
- Full skirt with attached petticoats
Sun dresses with square neck-lines
- Poodle skirts worn with black or white saddle shoes
- Smart but slightly tight jeans and pants for teenage girls
- Pedal pushers
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Towards the late 50's, fashion designers began to design less structured vintage apparel. They started to drop the tight waist, tight fitting, full skirted styles of the post-war years and started promoting designs such as Chanel’s relaxed sweater suit designs for women, great designs that was gaining popularity.
Vintage apparel and fashion style was becoming more comfortable and wearable. The fashion design of the sack dress towards the end of the 50’s was the prelude to some of the stylish shift dresses that became popular in the 60’s. Hem lines went up!
The 1950s was a great decade in terms of a vibrant fashion activity that celebrated some of the best qualities of the traditional gender roles, including all things feminine for women.
Changes in Clothing Style by End of the Decade
Towards the late 50's, fashion designers began to design less structured apparel.
They dispensed with the tight waist, tight fitting, full skirted styles of the post-war years, and started promoting designs such as Chanel’s relaxed sweater suit designs for women, great designs that was gaining popularity.
Designs of clothing and fashion accessories become much more comfortable, relaxed, and wearable.
The design of the sack dress that appeared towards the end of the 50’s was the prelude to some of the stylish shift dresses that became popular in the 1960’s.
And, hem lines moved inches up!
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