Screen Sirens and Domesticity: The 1950s

Guide to 1950s fashion


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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been on school break and was away, without wifi. I will try to post as much as possible for the rest of the school year, though I know I will be busy. The 1950s were a time of both Old Hollywood Glamour, inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor, and of the homogeneous suburban American culture. For the most part, after working in factories during World War II, the men came home from war and women went back to working inside the home as housewives. There was a mass movement from cities to suburbs, where nuclear families lived together and fathers commuted to work. As a result, fashions from the time were ladylike, conservative, and feminine ensembles. Hollywood only glamorized this everyday uniform of sophisticated and obedient housewives. There’s almost a subversive quality in recent interpretations of this tame and innocent decade in current representations that are almost sickeningly girlish and naive. Regardless, 50s fashion remains popular today, springing up in almost all of the past spring and fall collections.


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Vogue Covers:

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Henry Clark Photography:

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Get the Look:

Avoid looking like an actual 50s housewife (unless you’re dressing as one for Halloween of course) by mixing say, a vintage or 50s inspired ladylike pouf dress with modern jewelry and shoes. Keep it to one or two (small) pieces for a chic and modern look.

50s look (modern)

Block dress
$78 –

Vintage clothing dress
$65 –

Flare dress
$48 –

Pocket dress
$45 –

Mink pink
$82 –

J Crew halter bathing suit
$52 –

$36 –

River Island croc handbag
$64 –

ASOS clutch handbag
$33 –

Pieces retro style sunglasses
$33 –

Oasis Heart Slides Set
$15 –

What do you think of 50s fashion and culture? Let me know in the comments.


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