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.Continue Reading
The post World War II 1950s changed the face of America. Rationing ended, men came home from war, women gave up the jobs they held down during the war, families moved into the suburbs and the economy began to prosper. Regardless of the subject, "consumerism" is a buzz word when referring to the 1950s. For nearly two decades, scrimping had been commonplace, and when families found themselves with disposable income in the 1950s, they began spending it. Women, eager to please their husbands, took great interest in their appearance and shopping became a female pastime.
Full-skirted dresses with form-fitting bodices were very popular. Women emphasized the fullness of the skirts by wearing crinolines under them. Form-fitting pencil skirts were also commonly worn. The zeal for clothing that highlighted the female figure also redefined the undergarment business. Since form-fitting clothes are often unforgiving when it comes to imperfections, women utilized shapely bras and girdles to ensure they looked their best. Stiletto heels also became all the rage in the late 1950s.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Women wear slips under skirts and dresses to prevent clinging, allow the dress to hang properly, protect outer clothing from perspiration damage, provide warmth and prevent undergarments from showing through the material. Full slips hang from the shoulders, while half slips hang from the waist.Full Answer >
Delaware Indian women traditionally wore knee- or calf-length wrap-around dresses or skirts. Men wore tanned pieces of deerskin, cloth or fur called breechcloths. Also called breechclout, skin clout or flap, this material was worn between the legs and hung over a belt to cover the man’s front and back side.Full Answer >
Clothing worn by Chumash Indians varied by gender, occasion and season, as in warm weather, women wore skirts with aprons, while men and boys wore belts and small waist wraps. In cooler weather, men and women added additional layers, such as capes made of warm animal furs. Men and women dressed up for celebrations and festive occasions using paints and jewelry.Full Answer >
Chinook men rarely wore clothing beyond a breechcloth, while the women wore bark or cedar grass skirts. They protected themselves from the rain with capes made out of tule rush, a grasslike plant in the region. During cold weather, they wore fur robes and moccasins to stay warm. Both genders wore basket hats woven from spruce roots.Full Answer >