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The 1950's saw the end of clothing rations introduced during WWII, making fashion much more accessible.  

These were exciting and colourful times, focusing on  emphasising a woman's curves, with nipped in waists, and full hips, and lets not forget the iconic 50's  conical bust shape.

This glorious celebration  of  womanly  curves is something rarely seen nowadays, with women  opting to  cover up their figures with loose fitting garments.  

I'm making it my mission to encourage you  all to try the 50's look.. A sure fire way to make you feel like a million  dollars! and I'm going to show you how to get the look. 

Don't have natural curves? Don't worry! The beauty  of 50's   fashion is the clothes  emphasisse  and create curves!

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Lets start with the foundations! 

Not all of us are blessed with a classic hourglass shape, and tiny little waist, and guess what? they weren't in the 50's either! Shapewear is nothing new, it has been around for centuries!

The nipped in waist is  created with the aid of a corset, waspie, or waist cincher. For the more dedicated ladies a corset was used on a daily basis as a waist training aid, to change the shape of the body over time, and get that stunning Betty Brosmer figure.


Typically women wore a bullet bra, which created that classic sweater girl look that was hugely popular with film stars and the general public alike.

This conical shaped bust is not a look for the faint hearted! and if you're not quite ready to go for the full 50's look then stick with a more modern rounded bra.

What Katie Did do a fantastic range of retro and vintage inspired underwear, including bullet bras and waist cinchers, a great starting point to create your 50's wardrobe.


If going for a full skirted outfit then an underskirt is a must. 

This style is great for covering a multitude of sins, as well as helping to create hips and  the illusion of curves.

The petticoat picture above is one from Tiger Milly

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So we've now got  the  solid foundations for our 50's  look, but what goes on top?

We'll start with the classic sweater girl look we mentioned earlier. The key to this look is the bullet bra, which will help define the waist. Wear a tight fitting jumper  (short sleeve, cotton, fine knit for the summer), a round neck cardigan worn back to front, with buttons down the back also works beautifully, and the buttons add an interesting detail. Team with a full circle skirt  and  full petticoat underneath for a pretty summer look, capri pants/pedal pushers for a great day to day look, or some high waist shorts  on hot summer days. Wedge heels are a great addition to all three looks. Match the colour of your shoes with a thin belt worn at the smallest part of your waist if you want to draw the eyes attention.


Take the look into evening wear, with the full circle skirt. Add a beaded or sparkly detail to the jumper, or a sparkling brooch, with a classic court shoe and matching evening bag.


Alternatively a full circle dress in block colours for evening, or big bold prints for a summers day event. Lindy Bop offer a fantastic range of dresses, at a very reasonable price.



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Another 1950's wardrobe staple is the high waist pencil skirt and the wiggle dress. 

Figure hugging and oozing sex appeal. 

The pencil skirt is great for adding a rockabilly twist to the look. 

Team with a tight jumper, or a well fitted chiffon blouse for the office, and go for a halterneck top, or tight t-shirt for day. At risk of sounding like your mother -Make sure you tuck that top in!!! 

Add a fitted cardigan for warmth on colder days.

I absolutely love Collectif Clothing for their range of reproduction 50's clothes, definitely worth a look! You'll find all of the list above and more.


A wiggle dress will add instant glamour. Go for a Tiki or floral print during the day and block colours in the evening. I'm in love with the wiggle dresses at British Retro. Cut just below the knee for the most flattering shape.

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1950'S hair starts with a good curl set. You  can  do a wet set for a hold that will last for days. However, wet sets are time consuming, can be difficult to master, and a lot of us just don't have the time. 

A great alternative is to use heated rollers, or a curling tong. Curl hair and pin in place to allow the hair to cool.

Once cooled remove the pins, and using a soft bristle brush, begin to comb out the curls. A great tip is to make sure you brush hair against your hand, this will help prevent frizz. 

Keep brushing  through, molding and shaping the curls into the direction you wish them to fall. Finish the style with a flower pinned to one side. 


Check  out the video below for a 50's Dita Von Teese style tutorial.



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The 1950's  saw an explosion of  new  colours  in makeup, especially with lipsticks. Vibrant reds,  hot pinks, and fuchsias were all popular.

The base was very matte and flawless Pan stick foundations were popular, as they give great coverage, and a translucent powder should be used on top to mattify the skin.

Eyes were defined with black or dark brown eyeliner, and often a flick at the ends to create the cat eye look. Shimmery eyeshadows were introduced in the 50's. Stick with matte for the daytime, and experiment with shimmer in the evening. Eyeshadows were usually in neutral tones, using a darker shade to contour the eye socket.

Finish the eyes with lashings of mascara, or false lashes., and if you're feeling really fancy add a beauty mark with a waterproof eyeliner, to highlight your favourite feature.


Eyebrows should follow your natural shape, plucking underneath to tidy, and defining with a brow pencil or shadow to create a strong brow.


Below is a great tutorial from VividMakeup: Aja.

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Accessories are a really important part of the look, and will pull the whole thing together.

Pick a colour from your outfit, and work it into your accessories.

Belts, both thin and thicker to give that waist cinching look.

Coloured bead necklaces and big bold rings, with matching earrings.

Pearls in double rows.

Flowers, hair slides, hats and headscarves.

Gloves, both long and short styles, lace, crochet, leather, there were gloves for all occasions.

Brooches. A great way to add interest to a boring sweater, or draw the eye to your best assests.

Handbags. Wicker, Lucite bags, box bags, in all colours shapes and sizes!



Links:


Hair accessories : Alternate Normality

Reproduction bags, belts, jewellry and sunglasses : Collectif Clothing

50's style  and Kitsch  accessories andbags : Bow  and Crossbones






So now  you are primped and preened, suited and booted. It's time to go out into the world and rock your new look, with confidence, class and style.


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