1) The skirt suit
Moving on from the 1940s, the 1950s saw suit jackets being even more nipped in at the waist, and skirts moving from a-line to pencil. In my mind, the '50s suit is always perfectly demonstrated by the many heroines of Hitchock films of the era, in particular Kim Novak in Vertigo in that grey suit. I tried to recreate that Hitchock heroine look, with a couple of suits that I own. The first grey one isn't that old, but the green one is original vintage. See the full Hitchock Heroine post here.
Suit: St Michael (probably '90s, bought at antiques centre)
Hat: Vintage (early 1960s, bought at church sale)
Suit: Vintage (30s-50s, not quite sure!)
2) The pencil skirt/dress
Epitomised by Marilyn Monroe's on-screen wardrobe and guaranteed to put a wiggle in your walk, the pencil skirt or dress is perhaps second in popularity to the '50s full skirt. Dior's 'New Look' started off with hemlines 12 to 14 inches from the ground, but I have to admit that it's hard for me to find skirts and dresses that long on my tall frame. That would mean a skirt length of 31", when most reproduction clothing is around 27" (and some even shorter).
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Clarks, reissue of original 1950's style
Headscarf: Vintage, via car boot sale
Bag: Car boot sale!
3) The cropped trouser
In the 1940s trousers were wide and long. In the '50s, they're more figure-hugging and cropped, quite the departure. We all know that Audrey Hepburn wore black capris, but Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe both wore jeans rolled up to cropped length. I love this look for the slightly warmer months, I think there's something timeless and effortlessly chic about it.
Jeans: Vintage, via charity shop
Sandals: House of Fraser
Bag: Vintage, via charity shop
So there you go, my top three 1950's looks don't even include a full circle skirt! What I love about 1950s looks is the versatility - capris one day, fitted pencil suit the next. A great balance between dressed-up formality and casual practicality. The 1950's look has to be one of the easiest to recreate from the high street too.
What do you love about 1950's style? Are you a die-hard fan of circle skirts??
This post is my entry to become the face of the 1950s for the charity Oxfam, who are running a contest for vintage fans.