In the 1950’s full skirts, pointed busts, small waists and a rounded shoulder line created a radical and popular new hourglass silhouette. Day dresses had bodices and full skirts and a low-cut neckline. In contrast, fitted suit jackets with peplums were also worn with a long, narrow pencil skirt. Evening gowns had full skirts held out with petticoats and poodle skirts were also a brief fad. Short shrugs, bolero jackets, gloves and pearls were popular accessories. Very short cropped hairstyles were fashionable in the early ’50s. By mid-decade the short, curly ‘poodle cut’ became fashionable and later the ‘bouffant’ and the ‘beehive’. ‘Beat’ girls wore their hair long and straight, and teenagers adopted the ponytail.
In the 1950’s, long slender overcoats with velvet collar and cuffs were the style commandeered by the Teddy Boys. Skinny ties and narrow, tight trousers worn short enough to show off brightly coloured socks. Brylcreem was used to create ‘wet-look’ coiffed hair. Some young men wore tight trousers or jeans with leather jackets and a white tee shirt as seen in the film ‘Grease’.
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