Happy Thursday 🙂 I am so excited to share with you all one of my favorite eras: the 1950’s! After The Great War, people were ready to be released from the bonds of rations and wartime struggles; and indulge in picturesque lifestyles and playful, excessive aesthetics. This effected the fashions greatly, especially for women; what with Dior’s New Look that resurrected the full skirts and wasp waists that were made so popular a century earlier. Bright colors, larger-than-life styles and prints, classic garden party/socialite/house-wife looks, and luxurious textiles and designs were the most popular at this point during the mid 1900s.
Ethnic prints and textiles paired with classic silhouettes were very popular back-in-the day, as were novelty and abstractly bold prints. Denim was worn often around the house and on casual outings, as it was considered a very, very informal material. Boldly printed dirndl style skirts for the Spring and Summer; and warm, plaid/solid pencil and circle skirts for the cooler seasons were simple staples that any woman would have in her wardrobe. Cardigans have been a classic throughout the years, so it is no surprise to see them here! In the collage featuring footwear, we see both the glamorous black and white pumps, juxtaposed against the casual summer sneakers and espadrilles. Hats were an absolute must in the mid-century, decked out in ruffles, ribbons, lace, buttons, bows, flowers, elegant straw weaves and designs… the list goes on and on! Oh, and who could dream of wearing those full-skirted dresses and skirts without a fluffy crinoline to go underneath?
Try pairing a sweet lace blouse (find this one here!) with a full, belted skirt for a classic, mid-century look, as shown by the outfit on the left. Pairing those pieces with a sweet straw hat, simple Keds, and novelty wheel earrings finish the look with summery playfulness.
You can’t go wrong with a sweet, boldly printed sundress and cardigan, such as featured on the right. Try using a bold color as your base, and go monochrome by using that same bold hue in a different form elsewhere in the outfit. Sweet black heels are a classic that has lasted throughout the years, and can easily be found at your local department store. Finish the look with cat-eyes so iconic to that era, and a spunky headscarf for instant pizazz and retrospective elegance.
The look on the right features a simple blue dress that I handcrafted, paired with a cardigan, string of beads, a flowery vintage hat, rose earrings, kitten heels, and a thrifted belt. What makes this outfit so perfectly retrospective is the accessories. Belts and kitten heels are a must, as are decadent hats and classic beads. Try incorporating those pieces into your next outfit and see how well you can channel the fashions of the 50’s.
On the left, Jessica wore a white boat-neck top with a tea-length navy blue skirt. Now, if Jessica hadn’t added in the headscarf, sunglasses, and vintage purse, this outfit would have been lacking sorely in the vintage-inspired department.
I love this tutorial for 1950’s inspired make-up from Alexandra.
Find a fabulous Old Hollywood inspired curls tutorial here.
Solanah’s method of applying classic red lipstick looks simply perfect!
As for finding vintage reproduction garments and accessories, ModCloth is a never-failing resource for any budget. Go shopping specifically for 1950’s style fashions here!
BAIT footwear has a decadent selection of fabulous, eccentric, vintage-inspired shoes.
I love this article contrasting the difference between Classic and Vintage style.
How fantastic are these graphics of vintage reproduction shoes?
We have sung the praises of eShakti several times before on this blog, but their latest releases of retro-inspired, fit-and-flair dresses is truly alluring, and very affordable!