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.
Following the World War II-related rationing of fabric in the 1940s, the 1950s were a decade of relative excess. With no limits on fabric, clothing makers produced outfits with pleats and full collars made from wood and leather.
Suddenly clothing became a vital part of society and culture, indicating an individual's economic class.
Men whose jobs were white collar in nature tended to wear suits with a discernible waistline, single-breasted coats, pleated trousers, overcoats and oxford shoes. The tendency toward business attire spanned the clock with some men even wearing three-piece morning suits.
Where formal wear was concerned, men in the 1950s often wore white or ivory-colored dinner jackets.
Casual wear included corduroy or plaid jackets, chinos, cuffed trousers, Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, knit shirts and loafers.
Many young men in the 1950s adopted the preppy look, which favored All Star basketball shoes for footwear.Learn More
In the 1950s, children generally wore conservative, clean-cut clothes. Cotton, corduroy, denim and flannel were popular fabrics, and plaid and gingham patterns were widely seen.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 >
Men's fashion in the 1980s was a reflection of the culture during the decade, and varied widely according to individual style. Pop culture and brand names became central in fashion during this time.Full Answer >
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 >