1950s' Clothing

If you truly want to go retro, the 1950s' clothing is the best choice you can have. Take a look at some great information about the fashion of this era mentioned below!
Have you ever pulled out your granddad's old blazer or worn your mom's wedding gown just to see if it fits? The 1950s' clothing and fashion was a revolution of new designs and patterns, from the full sized corset gowns and waist coats. This change started somewhere from the beginning of the 1950s to continued till there was another fashion revolution in the 1970s. Men and women of this time enjoyed wearing bold and bright colors and patterns in casuals with very simple yet classy designs for formals. More than the setting of new trends, this generation was more about the comfort and liberation in retro fashion ideas. Mentioned below, are a few designs included in the 1950s' clothing fashion. So take a look, you might find something familiar in your parent's or grandparent's wardrobe, if they followed the 1950s' clothing styles.

1950s' Clothing Patterns

The clothes in the early 1900s included full length gowns with hats and veils for women and tight waist coats and blazers for men. People followed only the formal patterns of dressing in these times which were very uncomfortable to carry off most of the time. This was changing by the time the 1950s' fashion trends gave rise to a more contemporary style of dressing. For the first time since the 1900s, there was a solid style which people wanted to follow as the clothes were comfortable as well as good looking. The long gowns were reduced to tight skirts and swing dresses and plain colored shirts replaced the waist coats. There were many transformations which took place in the 1950s' clothing, which are listed below, find your favorite!

1950s' Clothing for Men
  • With the end of the World War II and onset of the Cold War, there were many changes in the fashion of the 1950s fashion clothing in men.
  • These were the boom times where business men wanted to take breaks from their work and go holidaying. This is when the informal attire was introduced for the first time, and men felt comfortable wearing Hawaiian pattern shirts, loose shirts and pants and the loafer shoes.
  • Glossy and flimsy materials were used to make half sleeve shirts, and bold prints were the choice of many young men. Ties became thinner and lighter, with bright colors to match stripped and plain shirts.
  • Pants also took the loose patterns, with very easy suit jackets. Shoulder pads inside them had vanished. Instead of vests inside jackets, men started using cardigans outside shirts.
  • The 1950s' fashion for men also changed when polo shirts and sweaters were introduced around the later 50s. This is when the sports clothing had begun to take root.
  • The final change in fashion by the time the decade ended was, the introduction of jeans, which is the best casual worn till date.
1950s' Clothing for Women
  • The dawn of 1950 was however a blessing to women all over America, as they were truly liberated from those formal corsets and slips under those thick full length dresses.
  • There were designs like the swing dress, short cocktail dress with skirts and off shoulders, Rio dresses, Harlows, Safaris and Navy patterns which were comfortable as well as gorgeous looking.
  • The 1950s' fashion for girls had both formal as well as informal patterns with light cotton materials used to make them.
  • Poodle skirts, high shoulder dresses, puff sleeves, sleeveless blouses, Chiffon scarves, cat eye glasses and different styles of shoes, were the new trends set for women.
  • Other than the attire, women also started using accessories with bold patterns like their purses, hats, shoes, scarves, etc. Color coordination came into picture when they realized it was all about making the right combination!
  • Knee length coats, jackets and overcoats were also very well-known, as it gave a very classy look even on informal casual dresses.
  • By the end of the 50s women too had started wearing high waist pants with silk blouses which had a color range from red, orange, green and lighter shades.
The 1950s' clothing brought many new ideas and patterns with itself. Like history, fashion also repeats itself and so has the 1950s' fashion, which still holds ground, in the midst of a 50 year transformation of the fashion industry.
By Aparna Jadhav
Published: 9/4/2010
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