There were a wide variety
of influences behind 50s dresses. Many of these took inspiration from
the French style of dressing, ranging from full skirts to sack dresses
and much more. If you're looking for the perfect 50s vintage dress
then here is a quick guide to indentifying the style and accessorising
your new purchase.
Styles of 50s Vintage
Some of the most defining
styles of 50s dresses were halter neck, and those popularised by popular
designers from Paris. Christian Dior was especially popular in this
era, and made a number of 'new look' designs popular to women who
could not afford to buy their own custom designs. The rich would always
opt for a custom design, but there were a wide range of styles now becoming
available off the rack, often found for sale in vintage stores today.
Opera coat dresses
also became extremely popular throughout the era. These dresses are
still associated with luxury today. The nature of the opera coat dress
meant they were accompanied by a long coat, usually made from a fabric
such as satin or velvet. These coats were usually not as tailored as
normal coats and used full or quarter length sleeves.
Once you've found
the perfect dress to purchase, understanding how it would have been
accessorised in the 1950s can really add to the look.
Most women in the 1950s
would have work gloves an stockings whenever they went out, even just
to go shopping. Many would have also worn hats, though some of the younger
women went against this trend.
Aside from gloves and
hats, many women would have accessorised all kinds of outfit with horn-rimmed
glasses, scarves and costume jewellery. Many vintage stores, both online
and off, will also include many of these accessories - so why not
recreate the entire look of the era with a few well-placed accessories?
Once you've found
the perfect dress, ensure to take care of it as best as you can. Store
it on wooden hangers, as wire hangers can damage the fabric. Always
wash it carefully, using gentle options, and find out some information
on the specific fabric if possible.