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What are 1950s Fashion Trends?


Because of effect of second world war availability of fabrics and clothes were limited so designer have to use little material, because of this fact skirts becomes short and slender and clothes were more fitted. One of the most general fashions of 1950s was jeans. 1950s is considered as expensive period because of II World War.

Fashion for girls in 1950s

  • Chemise dress-Fashion designer Chanel’s introduced straight cut and quite tight from the armhole to the side, without a waist.
  • Sleeveless dress-Girls worn it during any season. Sleeveless blouses were also worn by women’s of 50s.
  • Skirt-The poodle skirt was broad swing skirt perfect for dancing purpose. Pencil skirt was very long and tight which are nearer to knee. Both skirts were responsible for giving narrowness of the waist.
  • The sweater dress with crew-It was a warm garment and got popularity by Marks & Spencer.
  • Swimsuits-Stretch fabrics and strapless swim wear became very popular. Use of bathing cap is also started in this era.
  • Gloves-Gloves was most famous thing in 1950s and worn on special occasion, or during parties. White short gloves were most popular type of gloves.
  • Shoes-Plain black and white shoes, ballet slippers were famous. Most of the time shoes were simple and plain in 1950s fashion trend. Dressy shoes with flat heels were famous in young crowd.
  • Accessories-Pouch handbag becomes more famous. Bracelets got more importance because of increase in sleeveless dresses or blouses. Fake diamonds were used in jewelry for both daytime and night time.
  • Coat-Traditional shawls were takeover by long knee length coats with loose sleeves. Furs along with silk were extensively used by females of that time.
  • Petticoats-Stiff and starched petticoats were common in those days.

Fashion for Boys in 1950s

  • Black leather jacket with turned up collar, Black or white t-shirt with rolled up sleeves were trendy in those days.
  • The teddy boy look-Long size jackets with thin collar and drainpipe trousers were famous in 50s.
  • Polo shirts with sports jackets, cardigan sweaters and narrower pant’s at legs also become popular during 50s.
  • Shoes-Blue suede shoes were popular for male during 1950s.
  • 1950s business men wore gray flannel suits, the wool suits and jackets along with tie and it is made up of cotton, silk, or wools.

Fashion Designer and Fashion Icons in 1950s

Christian Dior was famous fashion designer of that time who popularized A-line skirts. Chanel introduced collarless jacket with a skirt below knees. Hollywood actors such as Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly were fashion icons of 1950s. Television and movies were mainly responsible for fashion trends in 50s. James Dean in Rebel wore blue jeans and white t-shirts which becomes fashion trend of that time. Elvis Presley changed music taste with rock and roll.

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