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Fashion Throughout the Years – 1950’s

Hello Fashion Lovers,

In the course of history; 100 years doesn’t sound so long anymore. However, in the course of fashion history; it’s the difference between trying to get into a corset or a bone-cinching girdle and getting into your Chanel Espadrilles. Whether it is a shift in social norms, technology or culture, fashion has always indicated the current time in history. Over the course of the last century or so, fashions has moved from proper gowns and dresses to chunky sneakers and mom jeans.

Don’t know about you guys, but its just amazing seeing how different events in history have influenced and changed the way people get dressed. Fashion has a way of defining individuals and generations; each trend in the 20th century signifies a memory. Fashion has always been part of one’s personal identity, it’s a mean of self-expression and the 20th century is packed with different trends.

I will be working on a mini series of the most influential fashion trends from the 1950’s through 1990’s. Lets start with the one that made history…. 1950’s!

1950’s was the period when fashion finally moved from draped clothing to fitted garments and the art of tailoring came into its own. Clothes gained structure and became stiffer and more supportive. The feminine shape took center stage with tight waists and high hemlines, a trend that set the tone for both classic and timeless looks.

The fifties was known for ‘the end of rationing and the beginning of excess’, it marked the beginning of one of the biggest economic booms in history. Fashion started to emphasize conformity in the way people should look. Corsets and buster tops were a big thing back then, as well as bras and bust paddings that helped achieve that defined and almost cone-like shape for busts.

At the end of the 1950’s and with the refined trends, clothes were defiantly less conservative featuring vibrant floral and repeating patterns used to highlight a women beauty and physic. Sexier silhouettes with tighter shirts, skirts and dresses started to pop up. Women had more options to choose from in terms of shorts, pants, leggings and Bermuda pants.

Comment down below, whats your favourite thing about 1950’s fashion?

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