Early -Mid 50s
Mid 50s
Early 50s
1955
1950
Mid 50s
1956
Late 50s
1957
Fabulous 1950s
Thick shoulder pads all but disappear. Most sleeves, including short, are cuffed. Fuller skirts on day and house dresses are
common. Two main types of formal and cocktail dresses emerge. The Wonderful "wiggle" skirt and the Fashionable "full
circle" skirt. Keep in mind the wiggle dresses of 50s are longer than the wiggles of the 60s and with a waistline and the
natural waist. Halter and strapless bodices with shelf busts are the most coveted among todays collectors. The 50s became
a fun, fast changing era. Rock music was popular, women were showing more cleavage and bright red lipstick was in.
Functional buttons for house dresses are still in use but rare in party dresses. Dress closures are mainly center back metal
zippers often "hidden" behind a fold of fabric. Petite belts of matching fabric or color scheme are standard with most
dresses including formals. The bolero jacket is also a 50s trade mark. A short cropped jacket usually with no closures that
ends just below the bust. The lapels on jackets and dresses also grew in size since the 40s. Hidden pockets in the folds of
skirts are especially popular, even on semi formal dresses. Occasionally seen on a full skirted formal.
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