Fashion History: 1950s
July 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
The fashion of the 1950s mirrored the perspectives and charisma of society, colorful and light-hearted. The war had terminated and life was good; wardrobes were bright and playful and didn’t’ have to abide by certain guidelines. Men and women were entering into laidback, suburban lifestyles, which meant equivalent fashion trends.
At the start of the decade there were two popular looks for women; full dresses that fell mid-calf with a small waist and rounded shoulders, the other was a pencil skirt accessorized with gloves and pearls. The overall look boasted her busts and accentuated a petite waist. Halters became popular as well, seen in both a day-dress and an evening cocktail dress. Fabrics were now made with different prints, many being polka dot or checkered; colors were cheerful. Accessories were seen a lot more; scarves were tied around the neck and short fur shrugs hung around the shoulders.
Casual wear was introduced, as suburban life was now prominent. It didn’t take much convincing for pants and shorts to be well received. Pants were either cut mid-calf or a few inches below the knee. In the start of the 50s shorts were short, however later-years the style was lengthened and known as Bermuda shorts. Swimsuits became a new category in fashion as a favorite pastime for society was hitting the pool or catching rays in the backyard. Suits for women were either one- or two-piece while the bottoms of a two-piece sat above the bellybutton.
Men continued to wear suits, however this decade resurfaced a more tailored and fitted look. Suits were now mainly worn for work. Men were now relaxing with their families and joining part in the American passion, sports. Being an athlete was very popular in the 50s, adolescent jocks wore their letterman’s jacket everywhere they went, others wore cardigan sweaters.