The Shapes and Lines that Defined 1950s Fashion

The rise of the ‘ready to wear’ phenomenon, exaggerated clothes, glamorous shapes with colorful prints, skirts and tiny waists – all define 1950s fashion!

1950s fashion clothing started being manufactured ‘en mass’, but with improved standards within the construction and quality. A lot of imports started and the variety of clothes appeared quickly. Nevertheless, Dior’s iconic ‘New Look’ for this decade fashion arrived in Paris in 1947 and due to a different shape – had an enormous influence on the fashion world lovers. Let us introduce you to some of the shapes and lines of 1950s fashion trends!


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Pencil Skirts

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A narrow, tight and straight skirt that was restricting women’s walking created the twist at that time. It was falling from the waist with little excess fabric and a little split at the back. More mature women wore heels and a lot of accessories next to this kind of outfit. But nowadays, a pencil skirt is being worn with a shirt or sweater, the flat shoes for a more modern way and less extravagant accessories. Moreover, the skirt length was also important – it was a must of calf length to look really 50 style clothing.

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The cute small sweater

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This tight sweater appeared in the 40s and was still popular in 50s. It was emphasizing a conically shaped bust and was worn with a bullet bra, what nowadays seems shocking. Actually, in 1950s clothing everyone aimed for the bosom shape, so many 1950s dresses accommodated perfectly for it also. Nevertheless, the sweaters with turtlenecks became more and more popular.

Petticoats and Full skirts

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In 1950s clothing wide circular or pleated skirts were used with petticoats to make a lift and that it would look more outstanding. It was always to mid-calf length – and never shorter! Can you imagine? Petticoats were with several layers of net and starched for extra stiffness or frothy chiffon. It was in different colors because the more colorful it was, the more fun it was adding to the outfit. Furthermore, bright colors were 1950s fashion trends.

Dress with halter or boat neck

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In 50s style dresses halter or boat neck was very popular. These days, it can be seen that girls are more into crop tops, v-necks and etc. In the 1950s it was all about the fashion and not about showing off the body parts.

Must have accessories that were crucial to these outfits:

Red lipstick

Gloves

Chiffon scarf

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Now you are ready to live like in the 50s!


Essential Home is inspired by the 1950s fashion as well! So if you are obsessed with this decade too, do not forget to check out the stunning mid-century furniture pieces.


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