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Fifties Women's Fashion

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Jocelyn Woon

on 7 March 2013

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Bottoms Pencil skirts had tight cinched waists and billowing form. While formfitting pencil skirts became popular among older, sophisticated women, circle skirts (poodle skirts) became prevalent with the teens. Women's Fashion Tops Sleeveless and halter neck tops and blouses were common in the 1950's tucked into a skirt or trousers. Accessories Gloves added a touch of elegance to women's wear. Long gloves for evening wear and wrist length for day wear. Famous fashion Designers and Icons Movie stars set the trends on the big screens wearing popular designers. Some icons include: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, "June Cleaver", and Doris Day. 1950's Renewal After WWII, women were pushed to become ideal "homemakers." 50's fashions advertised femininity and elegance. Teenage girls opted for new fun, and less formal wear. Women who had lived through the Great Depression and World War II were now able to afford new styles and embraced it all from the elegance of sweeping skirts to shorts and trousers. Post War World Two Pencil skirts, Poodle Skirts, and Trousers Women found comfort and flexibility in pants while working in factories during the war. From loose hostess pants to tight knit slacks, and even short shorts, women everywhere were enjoying the comfort of pants. Tops, Blouses, and Outerwear A short or long sleeved sweater with a matching cardigan became popular. Cardigans were decorated intricately with lace, pearls, rhinestones and sequins. Gloves, Bags, Hats, Jewelry,Glasses and Shoes Box handbags became of interest. Made of various materials and decorated with faux jewels, sequins, and beads. In the late fifties clutches and smaller handbags became popular. There was a hat in every shape and size, for every occasion in the fifties. Glasses also became a fashion statement. Cat eye glasses and a variety of colored framed glasses. The most popular piece of jewelry were pearls. Whether real or faux, women flaunted their beads. High heels for special occasions had rounded peeping toes. Tennis shoes were still worn for comfort around the home. Saddie oxfords became popular among the younger crowd. These actresses wore designs from Christian Dior, Clare McCardell, and Coco Chanel.
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