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.Continue Reading
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
Some of the most popular clothing styles for women in the 1970s were bell bottoms, jumpsuits, mini skirts, maxi skirts, hot pants, tube tops and peasant tops. Clothing was made with a range of fabrics, prints and bright colors. Many women’s styles featured striking embellishments, such as sequins, embroidery and velvet.Full Answer >
In the 1950's it was not common to find women wearing jeans unless they were working on a farm. When jeans were worn, they tended to have a high-wasted fit without any cinching.Full Answer >
American women wore skirts, dresses, hats and gloves during the 1950s, while men primarily wore suits, sweaters, slacks and uniforms for work. In the 1950s, young boys and girls emulated the fashion styles of their parents. Girls' clothing featured styles identical to those of older women; boys' clothing, similarly, mirrored styles of attire for adult men.Full Answer >
In the 1950s, women wore skirts and dresses that emphasized the female figure. Full skirts, as well as pencil skirts, were the fashion. Luxurious or bold patterned fashions were in high demand.Full Answer >