Archive for the ‘50's Fashion’ Category

The Exalted Queen Mother Of The Red Hatters

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Sue Ellen of the Red Hat Society

Sue Ellen of the Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society is one the world’s largest networks for women. It began in 1998 with less than 18 members, and now features more than 30,000 local chapters. These chapters are located in every State of America, and in over 25 foreign countries.

The RHS could not have come to being with out the leadership of Sue Ellen Cooper. Sue Ellen founded the Red Hat Society with the hope it would bring women together in friendship and fun. Now thousands of women across the world share this philosophy.

Sue Ellen has accomplished many great things in her life. Before the Red Hat Society was founded Sue Ellen worked as a commercial greeting card illustrator. She also spent several years working in a mural-painting business.

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The Fun Times of Red and Pink Hatters

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Red Hat Society is world-renown. A lot of people have heard of the popular Red Hat Society, but not everyone knows what members do. We aim to answer those questions in this article.

The RHS’s main purpose is to provide a helpful network for each other. It is their hope that this social interaction will encourage women to maintain friendships and have fulfillment in their lives. Members strive to journey through life with fun and freedom.

The Red Hat Society often gets mistaken for a sorority. The RHS is actually not a sorority, because it does not include initiations. The society is not considered a voluntary service club either, but rather an organization for women.

Red Hat Society

Red Hat Society


Members refer to each other as “Red Hatters”. Members over the age of 50 wear red hats and purple attired to all functions. The leader of these local chapters, or groups, is known as the “Queen”.

Women who are under the age of 50 are also invited to join the organization. A “Pink Hatter” is a woman who hasn’t reached the age of fifty yet, and she must wear a pink hat and lavender outfits. After she turns 50, she has a “Reduation” and graduates to the red hat with the rest of the RHS members.

Red Hat members get together regularly. Both Red and Pink Hatters enjoy wearing very eloquent and fun hats and fashion accessories to every event. One of the more popular accessories are the feather boa and pearls.

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The Beginning Of The Red Hat Society

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The history of the of the Red Hat Society began in the sunny city of Tucson, Arizona. A woman by the name of Sue Ellen meandered along a thrift shop looking for things she might like to buy. She decided on buying a bright red fedora hat that struck her fancy.

That bright red fedora has now become the symbol of the Red Hat Society. A few years after buying the hat she happened upon a poem “Warning”, written by the author Jenny Joseph. In the poem, a woman explains how she would like to act when she is older.

Poodle Skirt red hat society

Poodle Skirt red hat society

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, and satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.” At the end of the poem she explains that she knows she presently needs to continue to be a good example to those around her. However, she also believes she ought to practice living the way she would like to now a little, so people won’t be too shocked when she suddenly is an older woman and she wears purple.

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Women’s Grooming in the Fifties

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Common Hair Dryer of the 50's

Common Hair Dryer of the 50's

Women’s grooming during the 50’s and 60’s were not much different from what we do know-a-days. You can still find some slight differences from their make-up to nail and hair care.

50’s fashion was the more subtle and natural the better. Women were less worried about having a tan and dark eyes and more worried about having flawless skin. They would cover their flaws with light powder or liquid foundations.

The blushes and eye shadows of the day were very creamy light colors although women would put on a little darker eye shadow when going out at night. Flashy lipstick colors were very much in style. Bold colors such as scarlet red were worn by many women of the time.

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Women’s Underwear and Girdles of the 50’s and 60’s

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Common bra of the 50's

Common bra of the 50's

Underwear and even girdles have come a long way since the 50’s and 60’s. During the early 50’s Bras, underwear, girdles, corsets, and hose were changing for the better to help make women feel more comfortable in them.

The bullet bra first made its appearance during the 40’s and continued till the late 60’s. These bras were immortalized by movie starts such as Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner. Because of the way a sweater would cling to the bra, and the illusion it would create, a new fad was born from this bra called the ‘sweater look’.

The bullet bra was a bra with coned shaped supports. This created an illusion of a larger chest. The bras went out of style during the 60’s as new, more comfortable form fitting bras came out.

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Little something to dance to…

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I thought my fun loving, 50’s dancing, hip hopping friends would like this.

Women’s Hairstyles of the 50’s and 60’s

Monday, June 15th, 2009

1950’s Hairstyles

During the 50s women kept their hair fairly short. For example, the pixie haircut was very popular. This was worn by many actresses of the time, including Audrey Hepburn. Pixie

Audrey Hepburn sporting an adorable pixie hairdo

Audrey Hepburn sporting an adorable pixie hairdo

haircuts are very short and combed back close to the head. From the front it can appear that your hair is pulled back into a ponytail. This was perfect because ponytails were very much in style at the time. Pixie hairdos kept their femininity by having short bangs that were loosely curled.

A similar hairstyle was the poodle cut. This was fairly short as well, but tended to have a little extra length to make sure you could curl your hair. It was a cute 50s fashionable hairdo for both younger girls as well as the more mature women.

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Women’s Accessories of the 50’s & 60’s

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Women’s accessories (sunglasses, scarves, jewelry, necklaces, belts, ear rings, hair pins, etc.) of the 50’s and 60’s

Women love their accessories. This was no different during the 50s and 60s time period. Your accessories can make or break any type of outfit. Below are a list of must have accessories for any 50s or 60s outfit.

Cateye Sunglasses

Most people are familiar with the 50s fashion that included cateye glasses. Some don’t realize that these cute frames also come in sunglasses. Cateye frames fit around the eyes and then toward the tips go up and to a point. They were a relatively short trend that came out during the 50s.

Wayfarer Sunglasses

The Wayfarer sunglasses were a hit during the 50s and 60s. They came out in 1952 and had so much success that most felt they would be a continual trend that would last quite a long time. But With the change in fashion that the 70s brought, wayfarers were soon lost and put on the shelf to make way for bolder fashions.

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Sock Hops, Part 6: Women’s Costumes

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

When you go to a sock hop you have to have the perfect fifties costume. You want to look as if you just walked out of the fifties. In order to dress the part typically you would have to do a little research on what type of fifties or sixties style you want. No worries, we’ve done the hard part for you. Read through some of these descriptions and mix and match to find the perfect fifties outfit for you.

Pencil Skirt:
Pencil skirts were huge in the 50s and 60s. They were usually worn by the more mature women of the time. These skirts are actually coming back in style for us now so they are something that would be easy for any women to find. Pencil skirts, or silhouettes, come high around the waist where they are fairly form fitting, accentuating the waist. The length of the skirt typically drops below the knee. This was considered a great office skirt but because of how form fitting it tends to be it was considered a sexier skirt of the time, revealing more of the curves of women.

Pencil Pants:
These were considered a more casual version of the pencil skirt. When pencil skirts first came out they were actually called wabble skirts due to how difficult it was to walk in them. They were able to adjust that and make it more comfortable, but some women still found it more comfortable to wear the pencil pants. These were cute, form fitting jeans or pants that would fall right below the knee. Some had 1-2 inch slights on the outside of each pant leg.

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Sock Hops, Part 4: Men’s Sock Hop Costumes

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

A fifties custom is just as essential for the men as it is for the women. It’s important to find the perfect costume for you that will be both fun and easy to dance in. When deciding what style is right for you, Happy Days, the old comedy television show, is the perfect place to look. They have Richie Cunningham the ‘square’, and the ‘Fonz’ the ‘greaser’. Because both characters are widely known both costumes can be really fun for a sock hop.

Richie

Richie Cunningham was known as the quintessential boy of the 1950s. He was extremely wholesome and at times even naïve. Him following exactly what he was told to do puts him in the category of a ‘square’.

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