Today I decided to pay tribute to femininity, and in my opinion, the most feminine fashion period was the 50s. I will tell you a secret – when I wear this dress, I always receive an enormous amount of compliments including from other women. Also my husband and my son keep telling me that I look lovely. And one of my male colleagues said, that it is enough when a woman wears a dress, and every man will turn his head and the problem of being single will no longer exist;).
What was 50s style like? There are two main silhouettes in 50s fashion – the wasp waist with full skirt or a slim fitting pencil skirt. Very popular patterns included polka dots and cheerful checked patterns. A twin set (a cardigan and a top in the same color) was also a very popular in every day style. Women wore a lot of sweaters, jackets or shawls in the 1950s. It helped to complete the outfit and was also handy for warmth given all of the sleeveless garments.
Speaking of accessories, hats and gloves were required to finish the 50s look, and also a pearl necklace was a kind of a must-have. High heeled shoes were a must, purses were rather small and of a handbag type.
50s Hairstyle and make up. Early on the 50s hairstyles were short and close, much like Audrey Hepburn’s style, with short bangs in the front and short, flat layers on the sides and back. Later, women’s hairstyles became larger and bouffant, in the fashion of Elizabeth Taylor. The eye look of the 1950s was essentially minimal, with little eye-shadow applied. Mascara on the other-hand was everyone’s favorite little accessory. A soft but definite liner was then applied along the upper lash and softly swept out in an arch, opening up the eyes. The most popular lipsticks were in red, pink or orange. It was common to extend the natural border of your mouth with liner, making ladies look more feminine and voluptuous!
Today I wore a full skirt striped shirtdress, chunky heeled sandals and a yellow handbag. I made a ponytail, put on a red lipstick and a pearl necklace, and voila – the 50s look was ready! I felt not only very feminine, but also very comfortable. The beauty of the 1950s era is that it was a ‘look’ that suited any body shape – the more womanly the better.
What is your favorite style in fashion? Do you like to look feminine every day or you keep it for a special occasions? Tell me in the comments here, or on my FB fanpage.
Photos Robert Bajkowski
dress – Christian Berg
sandals – Stuart Weitzman
purse – Max Mara
sunnies – Linda Farrow
necklace – no name
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