In the 1950s, girls and women wore pleated, full skirts; shirt dresses and full circle dresses that accentuated the waist; pedal pushers; ballet flats; saddle shoes and simple plain sneakers. Boys and men often wore narrow, form-fitting suits with "cigarette-leg" pants, jeans, oxford shoes and saddle shoes.Know More
After WWII ended, more freedom was afforded to fashion. The 1940s silhouette for women's dresses consisted of wide shoulders and a short skirt, while the 1950s silhouette emphasized the hourglass shape, and enhanced the natural feminine figure. The waist was emphasized in most dress shapes. Men's suits became more streamlined and form-fitting.
The emergent musical genre of rock n' roll and the swing dance style that carried over from the 1940s affected clothing styles. Rockabilly style emerged and was characterized by jeans with rolled up cuffs, checkered shirts, white shirts with rolled up cuffs, Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, quiff and ducktail hairstyles for men, and victory roll hairstyles for women. Full skirts were often worn to dance swing and rock n' roll.
Both women and men also paid close attention to accessories, and women often wore cat-eye sunglasses or eyeglasses, gloves, cardigan sweaters, fur coats and pillbox hats. Men wore draper, pork-pie and fedora style hats, cuff links, horn-rimmed glasses, and used money clips.Learn more about Historical Dress
The clothing of the 1950s emphasized cultural conformity and gender differences. Women wore clothes that emphasized their feminine figures, including full A-line skirts, which emphasized the width of the hips, as well as corsets, to give the appearance of a small feminine waist. Makeup was kept simple except for red lips on special occasions. Men most commonly wore gray, navy and black suits and kept their hair short.Full Answer >
The fashion of the 1950s was largely influenced by the Dior New Look, epitomized by small waist lines, calf-length skirts with pronounced hips and fitted jackets. This look represented a return to glamour after the utilitarian fashions of the 1940s.Full Answer >
Men's attire in the 1950s, which remained relatively unchanged throughout the decade, featured suits, slacks, sport coats, sweaters, and porkpie and derby hats, along with fedoras. Those whose work involved more physical labor tended to wear uniforms that resembled military clothing. Fashion experts say the decade's fashion reflected a desire for conformity as well as consumerism.Full Answer >
Common clothing for teenage girls in the 1950s included dress flats or high-heeled shoes, circle skirts that came to a below-knee length or tea length with starched petticoats underneath and well-pressed button-down shirts or sweaters tucked in paired with a narrow belt. Teenage boys wore dress pants with blazers and a button-down shirt with a narrow tie. Suede shoes were also common for teenage boys.Full Answer >