|The origins of 1950s fashion
began with Christian Dior’s “New Look,” in 1947. The “New Look”
consisted of a below-mid-calf length, full-skirt, pointed bust, small
waist, and rounded shoulder line. The look became popular
post WWII. At
first, the style was not well received by Americans; however, that
quickly changed as the trend dominated fashion magazines.
that became popular during the post-war period were “a tailored,
feminine look with gloves and pearls, tailored suits with fitted
jackets with peplums, with a pencil skirt. Day dresses had
bodices and full skirts, with jewel or low-cut necklines or Peter Pan
collars. Shirt-dresses and halter-top sundresses were also
Skirts were narrow or very full, held out with petticoats,
skirts were a brief fad. Gowns were often the same length as
dresses with full, frothy skirts, and cocktail dresses were worn for
early-evening parties. Short shrugs and bolero jackets were
to match low-cut dresses.
||Other trends seen in the 1950s are a result of the development of new synthetic and easy-care fabrics. Some of these fabrics are drip-dry nylon, orlon, and dacron, which could retain heat-set pleats after washing, acrylic, polyester, triacetate, and spandex. These new fabrics worked well with the increasingly popular ease of the suburban lifestyle. Another lifestyle trend that emerged during the post-war era was defining the teenage years as a true stage of development. As a result of this new development, and for the first time in American history, teenage and young adult fashions became a new marketing niche.|
|As society moved to the
suburbs and adapted to a relaxed lifestyle, fashion followed suit.
During this decade, casual sportswear was an increasingly
component of women's wardrobes. Casual skirts were narrow or
pants became very narrow, and were worn ankle-length. Pants
mid-calf called houseboy pants, while shorter pants, below the knee,
were called pedal pushers. Shorts were very short in the
and mid-thigh length Bermuda shorts appeared around 1954 and remained
fashionable through the remainder of the decade. Loose
printed or knit
tops were fashionable with pants or shorts. Also seen during
decade was the swimsuit, which was one- or two-piece. Some
had loose bottoms like shorts with short skirts.
|In the 1950s men’s styles
were based in conservatism. Most men wore suits for work and
League style for a relaxed occasion. Suits consisted of dark
brown, and charcoal; the ties were also uniform and dark. The
League style consisted of cardigan sweaters, which was used for the
letter sweater and cherished among athletes. Pink also became
seen on men, which was a result of the 1950s casual menswear.
popular are cowboy inspired shirts, and hats became a trendy