The 50's kicked off with new hope and with Dior's New Look in 1947, women wanted to throw off the utilitarian work wear and dress up in luxurious feminine clothes.
- Twinsets and sweaters - short sleeve turtle neck worn tight and fitted.
- Bell shaped coats
- Slim pencil skirts
- Boxy collarless jackets or nipped in waist and short waisted
- Strapless dresses and gowns
- Circular skirts
- Wide belts worn over dresses, skirts or trousers
- Over sized collars
- Gloves - worn short for formal day wear and long satin for evening
- Slacks - ski-pant style or Capri pants with ballet pumps.
- Trapeze coats - made to accommodate the wide skirts and the post-war pregnancy boom!!!
- Over sized detailing - huge shawl collars, giant buttons, and large turn-back cuffs.
The late 50's was when the first teenagers started to move away from the clothes their parents wore - jeans and t-shirts became popular but I am afraid this post will be more to do with the elegant ladies with matching bags and shoes - I don't do jeans, however popular they were at the time???
I will be wearing a little fitted shift dress team with a jacket or cardigan, gloves, pair of stilettos and box bag or a fuller skirted dress and hat with a scarf around the crown to match my dress. For more casual days (or as casual as I get!) a pair of Capri pants, ballet pumps and a fitted white shirt (think Grace Kelly in High Society) or a pencil skirt team with a twin set and flat loafers.
Littlewoods.com shift dress.
Stiletto New Look.
Bag New Look £6.99
Dress - French Connection
F&F for Tesco £30
Jacket Next £55
Dress Next £38
Look out for some future outfit posts with some of my favourite Spring/Summer looks and send me some of yours too I would love to see them.