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What Syracuse Society Wore To Church On Sunday, April 18th 1954. I kid you not.
MRS. ALFRED W. HAIGHT Navy wool suit with white flecks, navy and white straw hat with apple blossom trim, light blue topper; navy shoes and bag, white gloves. The Haights will go to Valley Presbyterian Church services.
MRS. H. PAUL NELLIGAN— Navy silk faille princess dress with white collar and cuffs, navy coat and dark mink stole; broad brim sailor of rough navy straw, navy shoes and bag for services in St. John the Evangelist Church.
MRS. CHARLES H. MALTBY Grey princess style suit, grey fox stole, grey plateau bonnet with white flowers; white gloves, black shoes and handbag. The Maltbys attend University Methodist Church.
MRS. HAROLD C. RICHARDSON
RETRO-SPECTIVE: HOUSEWIFE FASHION
The Fabled '50's
Announcing the Quintessential 1950s Dress!
1950s Party Dress
From Left to Right: 1950s Bespoke Party Dress with pouf skirt in iridescent green silk organza. Halter neckline, ribbed bodice. Rear zip closure. Lined in yellow silk. Made of Silk (3/4 length dress) December 2008 YOOX PRICE $308.00; 1950s Party Dress in gray-green silk voile. Ribbed bodice decorated with pleats and loose panels of fabric in front and back. Lined in silk. Rear zip closure. Made of Silk; Late 1950s Bespoke Party Dress in silver lamé with ribbed bodice with draping at bustline and very full skirt. Rear zip closure. Made of 100% Other Fibres. Source: Vintage Party Dress Collection on Yoox.com. (December 2008)
We know what Lucy wore, and there are plenty of pictures of Grace Kelly, but what did the average American housewife wear in the 1950s? Was it all gloves, skirts and sweaters? Find out here as we research the fab 50s fashion.
This is a pattern for a dress that Lucy might have worn, and other middle class ladies too! It was straight from Paris to you! (Assuming you were alive in the '50s.) Yup! That's the story of this stunning two-piece fashion - the prettiest flattery your figure ever had! See those lovely long lines that curve from bodice to hips, the gentle flare of the skirt. Wonderful! Now see how simple it is to sew. (Assuming you were not the type to sew your fingers together...)
Underneath it all:
The Bra: Large, lifted, pointy breasts were all the rage. Exercises to increase bust size were popular in teen magazines. "We must, we must, we must increase our bust" was the mantra for a generation of girls. Gals didn't have to be pencil thin in the 50's, which helped in the bust size department.
Marilyn Monroe circa 1957 and 1955
Rumor has it Marilyn Monroe slept in her bra to keep her breasts from sagging.
OK, so none of these dresses are what the typical 50s housewife would wear...I'll get to that! I just got stuck in the glamour girl department for a bit....can you blame me? Sheesh!
50's inspired retro flat in Green Leather - Sensible Girls wore these... ==>>
Plaid Accessories were a noted must-have for the well accessorized gal in the Fall Fashion Season of 1954.
1951 Tiered Evening Dress - A woman would describe this dress as "dreamy" in 1951. It is dreamy, don't you think?
50's Fashion Sense
Tip: Check out the DECADES OF STYLE - '50s - "1950's Clean and Classic" - Section at Saks 5th Avenue - for some modern interpretations of classic 1950s fashions.
The Posers (Models); What A Difference 57 Years Can Make
What do you suppose one should make of the difference in "attitude" expressed by the lovely ladies demonstrating the latest fashions? For example, I give you Exhibit A: A fashion model from the year 1954 striking a very obvious "pose" looking not at all natural and rather oddly perky and cheerful.
And then I came across the other extreme while poking around in the women's dress section over at JCrew. The fashion models there are the epitome of nonchalant, to put it mildly.
Maggie London Silk Halter Dress
Black and White Polka Dot 1950s Style Dress - By XOXO, 2006. Poor scrawny little thing is a bit lost in the dress though...compare to a real 1950s woman who could fill out a dress...
Hmmm....now I need something here,
don't I! Let's try a modern 1950s style pencil
skirt. Pencil skirts look fantastic on the svelte. In the '50s,
skirts were worn longer and reached at least 2 inches below the knee to
I found this particular skirt at QVC. It wasn't easy, either!
Balenciaga Dress, Regine, Vogue 1950 by Norman Parkinson
What a Drama Queen!