Archive for the ‘50's Fashion’ Category

Fashion Choices From the 1950’s

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The fifties were a time for very unique fashion choices. Many of the styles from the fifties are being use today. Look at many of the vintage stores today and you will find many of the same exact style accessories and clothing articles that were worn during the fifties era.

You can get a lot of great costume options from looking at the fifties. The 1950’s fashion can be used in fun Halloween parties, carhops, or sock hop school dances. Lets also not forget the fun themed parties, where 50’s themed parties can be a real hit.

There were a lot of clothing options during the fifties. This is another perk for choosing to do a 50’s themed costume for your party or event. Having a lot of options can give you the chance to really choose the style that you like.

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Fashion: Shoe Options During the 1950s

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The 50’s were an amazing age. People have recognized the 50’s for the many contributions it has set in fashion. One of those fashion choices is women’s shoes and socks.

During the age of the sock hop flats and penny loafers were popular shoe options. White tennis shoes were good options as well. Saddle oxfords were also other shoe options. There were quite a few different styles available for women during the 50’s.
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Flats – The flats were common shoes worn by girls who were still going to school. They look similar to the ballet shoe. Flats were versatile and could go with a lot of different clothing styles.

Penny Loafer – The penny loafer was another popular shoe option. Both men and women wore penny loafers during the 50’s. They were called penny loafers because the kids in school liked to put pennies in to the diamond-shaped slit in the loafers.

Saddle Oxford – Saddle oxfords were also another traditional shoe choice during the 50’s. Saddle oxfords looked great with poodle skirts, and were worn to school, sock hop dances, and other youthful activities. Since they were so comfortable they were a popular choice for most girls.

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50’s Traditions

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

A traditions is defined as the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, and information from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. Traditions are an essential part of our lives. They bring generations together.

sock hop ladiesSome traditions are old, and some are new. Some have been going strong since the 50’s. Some of these traditions include sock hops, soda fountain parties, and ice cream socials.

However, some of these traditions now go by different names. Soda fountain parties are now the same as hanging out at a fast food joint with friends; ice cream socials occur on a daily basis at places like Dairy Queen. And sock hops are now just dances.

Some more basic traditions that draw generations together are things like food, music and dancing. In fact, these are some of the strongest binding factors between generations. These specific factors are also the main ingredients of 50’s sock hops.

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Poodle Skirt How-To

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Unsure what to wear for Halloween this year? Going as a 50’s sock hop girl is simple, classic, and fun. Plus, don’t have to go out and buy the costume; you can make it yourself!

Like we said, the costume is very simple. All you really need is a scarf for your hair, a white shirt, a poodle skirt, and white shoes. Those are items that can be found in almost everyone’s closet… except for the poodle skirt. But don’t worry, like we said, you can make it yourself.

The simplest way to do this is to grab a skirt that you already have. The skirt should fit you a little higher on the waist than a normal skirt, and should hit you at about mid-calf. If it doesn’t, that’s an easy fix: just hem the skirt up a few inches, and pull the waist in a bit with a few quick stitches.

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Sock Hops for High School Kids

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Sock hops were the most common dances in the 1950’s. They were mainly popular among high school kids, but were something that people of all ages could enjoy. They helped everyone to enjoy music and dancing more.

Although they were something that everyone could enjoy in the 50’s, times have changed since then. With every new piece of technology, the gap between generations seems to grow. Teenagers today find it hard to see how they relate to the teenagers of the 1950’s.

While it may not be easy to see, there are a lot of things that the teenagers of today owe to the original sock hop teenagers. And there are many ways in which they are similar to one another. The connections are there, you just have to look in order to see them.

When you are trying to plan a modern hop, making these connections is very helpful. Just like teenagers in the 50’s, teenagers today enjoy music, food and being social. These were the main ingredients of these dances in the 50’s, so with a few alterations, these dances can be easily geared towards modern teenagers.

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Car Show Ideas For The Summer Months

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Car shows during the summer months is the way to go. Not only will you have good weather, but you will be able to draw in a bigger crowd. Summers are the perfect time to host a car show.

When you have a car show, however, it is important to do more than just bring in cars. You should have a theme and general idea of how you want the show to run. For example, what type of cars are you wanting to show off?

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Antique car shows are perfect for bringing in a 1950s theme. Have your employees wear sock hop costumes and bring in decorations that work with the 1950s theme. Sock hop costumes include poodle skirts, jeans, and ponytails. Sock hop costumes can even include roller skates if you want to incorporate a car hop theme to the show.

Try to incorporate the different cars in the show. Ask the manufacturers if they have any material they would like to give away. Some car manufacturers would love to give away pens, Frisbees, or magnets.

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How to Plan Your Own Sock Hop at Your Summer Car Show

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

There are many fun things to see and do at a car show. One fun activity is to participate in a car hop. While it is important that the cars that are being shown are the main priority, a little fun helps things to go a long way.

In order to have a successful car hop you’ll need to do some basic planning first. Once this planning is done and assignments made things won’t seem so overwhelming. The following are some things that ideas to help your activities be a smashing hit.

Publicity is key. Make sure that your event is well know by those who will be attending the event. When people know in advance they are more likely to make sure to set aside time to attend.

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Car Hop Music

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

As stated before, summers are the best time to host a car hop at a car show. If you choose to follow our advice, you will need to plan ahead of time if you want to have a successful car hop. It is important to take time to make sure things run smoothly.

Music is a good place to start. Decide what type of music you would like to use. Since car hops were very popular in the 50s, you will want to look for music from that time period.

Music will reflect how the activity is going. Music creates the mood. This can make an enormous difference in your event.
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Look for music that you like. The 50s held a lot of different styles of music. Choose the style you like best and stick to that style.

For example, softer music started out in the earlier 1950s. Rock and Roll music hit in the middle years. Having a specific year in mind can make your search go smoother.

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Car Show Themes

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Car shows are great activities to do during the summertime. The weather is perfect for an outdoor gathering. Draw in hundreds of people during the summer weekends this year.

Successful car hop shows are ones that are well planned out. Making plans ahead of time can go a long way in making your car show look well put together. A good idea is to have a theme with your car show. Here are a few ideas:

1.) Look to the past car shows for ideas. If recent car shows have been done in your area, do not repeat their theme. A theme, such as car hops, may be a good idea – but only if it has not been done for a while.
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2.) Think about specific vehicle-inspired themes. You can hold a car show featuring a specific vehicle or vehicle type. Some popular choices would be mustangs or corvettes.

3.) Classic Cars are a great theme. Restore cars from the 1950’s and bring in a car hop or sock hop theme. Car hops and other activities can bring in more customers and make the car show more fun.

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Car Hops at Antique Car Shows

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Antique car shows are a great venue for car hops. It can be very simple to set up a drive-in style catering event to make the antique car show a lot more fun. Having a waiter or waitress bring food to people in their cars can be a great way to make a car show that much more exciting.

Make an antique car show fun by serving good food that deal with a fifties theme. A good choice of food would be hamburgers and fries. You can also serve ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.

A car hop can be a fun way to bring customer’s their food. Servers can bring the food out to people in their car in roller skates and poodle skirts. Have them wear car hop costumes and have fun with the drive-in-car hop theme.
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Car hop costumes include sock hop attire. Poodle skirts, white socks, and a ponytail for girls, and blue jeans and a white t-shirt with hair slicked back is a great choice for guys. Add roller skates and you have the perfect car hop costume.

If you are looking for inspiration for car hops you can look for car hop costume videos online or on YouTube. There are also other older television shows or movies that often used car hops. The most popular shows were Happy Days and American Graffiti.

While most television shows and movies showed that waiters and waitresses brought food to the cars mainly in roller skates, that is not always true. A lot of waiters and waitresses did not use roller skates. On the contrary, most car hops worked on foot.

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