50s fashion – this is our today’s topic. Why have I made this choice? Yesterday I wrote about trends in accessories and jewelry of those times for the Jewelry Trends blog:
But none accessory can be confirmed without a proper dress. Click To Tweet What have the 50’s years mattered for the world of fashion? They meant a return to the feminine style of dress, to smoothness and sophistication of lines, to the abundance of expensive fabrics and accessories. The main trend of the 50s fashion became the New Look style, which was offered by Christian Dior.
Such exquisite combinations as cold-green shades, marsh color of pencil for eyelids and mascara of a copper hue propagandized in 50s fashion make-up. Girls also combined silver-blue shadows, dark blue pencil and purple eyelashes. Turquoise eyelids and orange lips proved to be a successful combination as well. The point is that the make-up colors were derived from the “latest fashion”. In 50s fashion trends it was more important that the eye shadows should suit to the color of bags, rather than to the type of mistress face and skin.
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In the era of 50s fashion Christian Dior offered a variety of silhouettes for each season. Click To Tweet And his New Look style continued its life already without the exact Dior. Almost all the high fashion houses worked In New Look style: Pierre Cardin, Nina Ricci, Givenchy and others. Rounded shoulders, accentuated high bust, slim waist and long skirts became fashionable again. Much attention was paid to accessories: handbags, gloves, hats and elegant shoes with high heels. The new style of dresses required dozens of fabric meters.
After the Second World War, women wanted to become elegant once again, to feel themselves a “weaker sex”, who need help to get into a taxi and to put on their coats. Christian Dior said about the 50s fashion:
We left behind an era of war, uniforms, compulsory labor service for women with broad shoulders of boxers. I was drawing women, resembling flowers: sloping shoulders, rounded chest line, thin waist and broad, divergent downward as calyx, skirts.
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The homeland of 50s fashion style has become a post-war France, which with its characteristic of lightness and charm, has adopted a new concept of new women’s clothes cut. Classic “hourglass”-silhouette was difficult, but spectacular unconditionally, so that it received a new incarnation. And even today, the modern Frenchwoman retain all the canons of elegance and femininity, in spite of her simple image. A little more about the modern French style you can read here:
Woman of 50s fashion is a brilliant lady who is able to present herself. Click To Tweet Slovenly and untidy girl considered to have a bad taste. While cleaning house or while shining at parties – woman has always looked her best! For the home dinner – velour dress with a narrow skirt, sueded pumps and stockings. For lunch outside the house – an ensemble made of gray flannel dress and coat, hat and gray sueded gloves, gray lacquered handbag and gray umbrella.
For comparison and more comical explanation of what it is, I want to advise you a film “The Stepford Wives” and a lovely modern shows “Desperate Housewives” and “Mad Man”. These tree movies will easily tell you about the ideal woman of 50s fashion.
Voluminous hairstyles, such as Babette became fashionable along with lush skirts and bright makeup. Young girls were also attracted to the so-called horse-tail introduced and popularized with the filing of Brigitte Bardot.
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Other style icons of 50s fashion are Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren.
As for colors, it should be noted that 50s fashion adopted combinations of brown and white, gray and white, gray and pink. It wasn’t forbidden to add to the image bright accents of red, green and pink colors.
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It is worth mentioning that gloves, scarf, handbag and shoes were selected in the same tone of a dress… Click To Tweet At the height of fashion in that decade were such drawings as polka dot, medium stripe and different check drawings. Business 50s fashion was dominated by graceful skirts with the length from a middle of knee with a fitted jacket. Sometimes designers overstated a shoulders line in jackets, making them narrower.
New look led to the emergence of new luxurious styles for hats made of felt, taffeta, straw and flannel with bright feathers. Boaters and berets also returned.
“Retro” style – is basic and vital trend of today’s evening fashion. Appearing at a dinner party, cocktail party or a friendly party in a dress “with history” is considered a good taste. And most importantly – dresses in a style of t 50s fashion fit absolutely any figure type.