1950s fashion is a flattering and timeless appreciation of the female form. It complements most body shapes and is all about perky breasts, nipped in waists and dramatic skirts. The clothing designs tend to be very modest in the sense that very little skin is on show, a sweet heart neckline is as low as the top will go, showing off minimum décolletage and the hemlines of skirts should finish around the mid calf area. The top half is fitted then the look can then be dramatically altered depending on how tight you dare to go with the lower half.
As this look is about the female hourglass, good underwear is essential. It is worth being professionally measured, most places provide this service for free, and be prepared to spend a little more money than a basic range to achieve supreme results. A good bra should be an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe already and should be invested in to ensure you are getting the right support. A little extra lift can make a huge difference to an outfit and your confidence.
Another investment could be a structured corset. A daring and fabulously alluring undergarment that will smooth down the body’s natural lines and create a curve at the waist that can be as exaggerated as you are able to handle.
The full skirt
This is a playful and feminine look that completely hides your hips and thighs, reduces the look of your waist and balances out your top half, think American prom dresses. The movement and volume of the skirt allows for experimenting with bright patterns and co-ordinating or clashing petticoats.
The bomb shell
This is best achieved by having your clothes tailored to fit your form perfectly and the outcome can be exquisite. How tight you go will change the impact of this look, just ensure you can walk comfortably because a penguin waddle is impossible to style out.
Tailoring is worth the expense, especially if you are a fan of vintage and second hand shops. If you like the basic shape and design of an item, consider how it could be fitted for your shape.
The 1950s style is a celebration of female curves while simultaneously hiding a multitude of sins. Use the basic style as a starting point and adjust accordingly to bring it up to date and make it unique to you.
Thanks to Jane F for this post. Jane is a huge fan of fashion and contributes to several well-known blogs.