Ah the 50s! After the years of recession, shortages and anxiety due to the Second World War, we aspire to more lightness and rediscover time for ourselves.
The designers are back to work. New textiles are used, which are easier to wear and work with. Women's clothing is redesigned. We rediscover the female body above all: marked waist, breasts highlighted, especially with this funny invention that is the shell-shaped bra, skirts and dresses adorned with petticoats to give even more volume.
Haute Couture houses dress the biggest like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly.
Women are forced to return to their homes after being called upon to replace men in factories in particular. They take care of their home and family. Regression for some, no doubt, but that's forgetting that with the thirty glorious years and the American Way of Life which is exported thanks to the cinema in particular: it's time for the rise of cars, appliances and hobbies.
Leisure time is also an opportunity for men, women and children to pay attention to their attire. It is not uncommon to see father and son dressed identically, the same for mother and daughter.
Ladies will also not neglect to match accessories and clothes correctly: handbag, pumps, hats or scarves. Everything is thought out down to the smallest detail, including the pastel-colored make-up.
Remember, those trapeze dresses for day or evening that women dressed at the time. Buttoned over the entire length or only the top for the day and household chores, the dresses are adorned with pretty details for outings, when they are not richer fabrics such as silk or velvet for a cocktail party for example. .
And it is with a certain casualness that some women still choose these dresses today, because they are comfortable, easy to wear whatever the occasion and with a very confident style.
If you prefer a vintage look that shows off a woman's curves a bit more, then your model, just like me, will be another Hollywood star. I named Marilyn Monroe, who featured a pencil skirt and sheath dress, not to mention this famous trapeze dress with an open back, flying above a New York subway grid, in the film " Seven years of reflection.
So, ready to stand out with 50s style?