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What to Wear With a Poodle Skirt

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Dressing up isn’t always easy work. There is a lot of time and preparation involved. When dressing up in a 50’s poodle skirt, this is an especially true statement.

It is important to know how to dress up in a poodle skirt. You should know what items go with the skirt and how to wear your hairstyle. It is also important to know what shoes go with a poodle skirt.

Dressing up in clothing from the 50’s can be fun. Choosing a poodle skirt to wear brings you a few options for accessories and complimentary clothing attire. For example, you can wear saddle shoes, oxford shoes, or white tennis shoes with the skirt.

Saddle shoes usually were in two main combination colors. Those combination’s were white and black, or white and navy. These two combination’s were the most popular options, though they were not by any means the only combination used.

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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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Perfect 50’s Costume Ideas

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Are you having a hard time finding the perfect 50’s costume? Are you looking for something fun for Halloween or a fifties party? You are not the only one.

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Greaser – Men can dress up as the ultra cool grease dude. This costume consists of wearing a white t-shirt, slicked back hair, and rolled up tight jeans. Don’t forget the bad boy leather jacket to pull this look off.

Elvis – Elvis is a popular 50’s costume choice. There are a lot of costumes already put together for this famous music icon. If you want to piece the costume together on your own, find a good Elvis wig with side burns and move to finding clothing options that work for the rock-n-roll mega star.

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The Distinct Style of the 50’s

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The 1950’s offered many great distinctive styles. A lot of these styles can be replicated in today’s fashions. Many people who like to dress in vintage clothing choose to wear clothing from the sock hop era of the 50s.
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As far as specific clothing choices that were popular during this time, women typically wore blouses that were tucked in to their poodle skirts. They also sometimes wore Capri pants and jeans. They also liked to wear cardigans to go with their blouses.

Bathing suits were usually one-piece suits. These bathing suits were halter tops or strapless. Women liked to wear saddle shoes, pumps, stiletto heels, or penny loafers.

The men also had snazzy fashion choices. They usually wore white t-shirts with jeans.  They topped those off with leather jackets, lettermen jackets, or bowling jacks.

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The Fashion Trend of the 50’s

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Fashion trends will come and go. Each decade brings in new fashion trends, and they will change just as quickly. This can be a good thing, especially when the fashion brings in things like high bangs, rat-tails, and those dreadful skinny jeans.

The fun thing about having fashion trends is that some of those styles are actually cute. They retain a certain “classic” standing. One of example of this legacy fashion trend is the 1950’s. They had a very classic, fun clothing fashion trend.

The 1950’s was the era of rock-n-roll and sock hops. Their fashion choices during this time was very fun. The 50’s brought on a very distinct fashion trend. A lot of people like to call that era the sock hop fashion era.

The poodle skirt has always been the main clothing choice that we recall from the 50’s. The poodle skirt was the item that replaced those tight, slimmer skirts from the earlier days. Poodle skirts were a lot more full and landed at around the knees.

Poodle skirts were made out of quite a few different materials, and could be a lot of color choices. A lot of the poodle skirts were adorned with applique like a poodle or a music record. These poodle skirts were typically worn over crinoline or petticoats.

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Plan a Sock Hop Dance This Fall

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Hosting a 50’s style sock hop dance at your high school is a great idea. This fall you can really have a great 50’s dance event. All you have to do is a little preparation, and you will have a smash hit.

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Have fun with your decorations. You won’t have to deal with the hot sun during this time, so you will have a little more freedom with what you choose to use for your sock hop food and decorations. Things won’t melt or get ruined because of the hot sun this time.

Incorporate the 50’s theme with your decorations. Place pictures of 50’s Hollywood stars around the room, hang old records, and have an inflatable jukebox. 50’s cars are also another great decorating choice.

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Have a Sock Hop This Halloween

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

With Halloween only a month away, it is time to start planning the ultimate holiday party. You want to have a themed party that will be fun for all of your friends. A sock hop party will do just that.
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Think of what you would like to do at your Halloween party. Incorporate the holiday and mix it with the 50’s theme. Everyone wants to dress up for Halloween, so what better way than to include all your friends in with the same type of costume ideas and styles.

For party favors you can buy inexpensive sunglasses from a dollar store. Place an orange napkin in between the folds of the sunglasses. For girls, you can add pearls on their table setting. Your guests can use these party favors as an accessory to their costume.

For the meal, include a burger and fries. Instead of serving coca cola, make homemade root beer. The dry ice can make quite an eerie decoration for the party, and you will impress your guests with your delicious homemade root beer in the process.

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Throw a Sock Hop at Your Elementary School

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

While budget crunches are getting harder and harder to stomach for many, several schools are turning towards fundraisers to help make up the difference.  There are many different types to choose from. One fun idea to help raise some funds and to have some fun is a sock hop.

A sock hop can be a really fun way to help draw kids and their families back to the past.  It is also a very family friendly activity and can help draw them closer together.  With a few simple steps you’re school can be well on it’s way to having one of their own!

Planning is crucial for a success event.  First of all you should appoint a committee to organize this event.  In this committee you should divide into four subcommittees.  These committees will be over publicity, decorations, food, and entertainment.

jukeboxPublicity is very key for success.  If you want people to come, they need to know about it and be excited.  Fliers around school, announcements, etc. are all vital.

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The Return of Skating Car Hops

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

What was once a regularity in the fast-food world has now become a rarity: rollerskating waitresses. However, chains such as Sonic Drive-in and Ruby’s Diner are bringing the tradition back. You can now go to a burger joint and feel like you have stepped back into the 60’s.

Rollerskates aren’t used to get the food to the customer faster. They are used to entertain them. Customers are getting more than a meal; they are also getting a show.

This idea isn’t new for Sonic. In the 60’s and 70’s rollerskating carhops were a natural site at one of these fast food

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Sock Hops: A Brief History

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Every Halloween, fifties costumes for girls or guys always seems to be a popular choice. Dressed in poodle skirts and leather jackets, on October 31st many people look like they have flashed back to 1950’s, heading to a sock hop. We all know what the attire for these dances was, but how many of us know the history behind them?

Before you learn anything else, it is important to understand the origin of the name “sock hop.” In the 1950’s, school dances were held in school gyms. Because the floors were varnished wood and easily scuffed by shoes, schools required the removal of shoes before dancing.

Although shoes were not worn during the actual dance, saddle shoes were the popular shoes to wear to the dances. Poodle skirts and blue jeans were also very popular. And to fit with the name, most wore ankle socks as they danced.

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