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Inspiring 50’s Costume Ideas

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

There are many great 50’s outfits and 50’s costume choices and ideas out there. The 1950’s offered a wide arrange of styles and cool trends that we can look to for ideas. These trends include ideas on what clothes, hairstyles, shoes, accessories, and makeup to wear.

Clothing – Clothing styles were classified in to different types. Preppy styles were poodle skirts, button-blouses, and cardigans for girls. Guys wore button down polo’s, blazers, letterman’s jackets, and loose fitted slacks.

The Greasers were also a popular style during the fifties. Greaser guys wore white t-shirts, tight rolled up jeans, and leather jackets. They took their inspiration from the Hollywood legend James Dean.

Hairstyles – Hairstyles also varied. Girls often wore their hair in ponytails or short, curly poufy hairstyles. Guys wore their hair slicked back or parted to the side.

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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.

poodle skirts, 50's fashion, 50's outifts, 50's costumes

poodle skirts, 50's fashion, 50's outifts, 50's costumes

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Super Savers Allows Red Hatters to Receive Major Discounts

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

There are many reasons to join the Red Hat Society. The Society offers women a chance to interact with other women their age, and form friendships and memories that are unforgettable. The Red Hat Society also offers thousands of discounts through their Super Saver program.

The Super Savers program currently is only available in North America. Those members outside of the region cannot take advantage of the program currently. The Super Savers program can provide many great discounts for Red Hatters in North America, though.

Red Hat Society & 50s poodle skirts

Red Hat Society & 50s poodle skirts

Super Savers saves you money in two main ways. You can save money with repeat savings and with premium discounts. Premium discounts are limited to 50 discounts per year, while repeat savings don’t have a number limit to the amount of times you can use them.

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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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The King!

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Elvis Presley is recognized by millions as one of the most influential people in music history. Elvis’s influence was so widespread and so profound that many refer to him as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ roll’. His career included acting, singing, song writing and performing.

Elvis wasn’t always the cool popular boy we usually think of when we think back on the 50’s. He was described in his youth as a “well-mannered and quiet child.” At times he was the target of classmate cruelty. Things were thrown at him because he was different. He stuttered and he was a considered a mama’s boy.

Even when he first started performing in the fifties he was described as a shy, well-mannered, quiet boy. Yet he was an amazing performer. None who talked to him could believe that he was the same guy on the stage singing and dancing in such controversial ways. The reaction of the crowd was something that had never been seen before. Yet, when he first started recording no one looked at him as anything different. Right before his first recording they asked him who he sounded like. His response was, “I don’t sound like nobody.” He soon proved that true and this was the voice and music America had been waiting for.

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The Immortal Jimmy

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

James Dean was a huge icon during the 1950s. He had it all going for him, the look and fashion, talent along with a great progressing movie career. His life was cut short at a very young age but this didn’t stop him from being a powerful fifties icon that is still idolized and discussed during our age.

His acting career first started when he appeared in a Pepsi commercial.


Soon after, he quit college to work full time as an actor. He appeared in shows and movies such as Hill Number One, Fixed Bayonets, Sailor Beware and Has Anybody Seen My Gal.

In the fifties his career picked up when he appeared in The Web, studio One, Lux Video Theatre and Omnibus. Omnibus was a stepping-stone for his role in Rebel Without a Cause because he played almost the exact same character.

Rebel Without a Cause (see trailer) was the movie that truly immortalized Jimmy Dean. Every girl in the fifties fell in love with him. Joe Hyams said that Dean was “one of the rare stars, like Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift, who both men and women find sexy.”

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Men’s Shoes of the 50’s

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Mostly slip-ons or loafers dominated men’s shoes during the 50s. When you had to tie your shoes it usually meant one of two things, it was either a formal event or you were playing a sport. Converse shoes changed some of that. They were considered both sporty and fashionable.

Interesting to note, the famous Chuck Taylor Converse shoes, sometimes called chucks, weren’t very popular when they first came out in the year 1917. They were made in an attempt to be the number one basketball shoe but for the most part they were a failure. It wasn’t until basketball player Chuck Taylor called Converse his number one choice that the demand for Converse went up.

Black was the typically preferred color but soon the demand for other colors and styles came. At one point they even had knee high Converse. During the 50s, Converse ruled the basketball court. It wasn’t until the 1970s that athletes would choose other shoes for basketball.

During the early 50s Converse shoes unveiled their low top. The shoes were no longer just for the basketball court. They became the number one, top selling shoe. Men would wear these for sports, school, hanging out and dates. These came in any color or design. They were also available in leather.

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Fashions of the 1950’s

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

50’s Fashion

The 50’s are one of the decades that exemplifies America. From the ’57 Chevy to Elvis and The Beatles, the 50’s were a great time to live. One of the great pieces of the 50’s that still lives today is 50’s fashion, and no piece of 50’s fashion is more iconic than the 50’s poodle skirt. However, to truly get into the spirit of the 50’s a number of things are required besides the poodle skirt.

Blouses

Most blouses in the 50’s where tighter fitting with quarter length sleeves. They sometimes had a pocket or an appliqué sewn on the front on the right of left shoulder. Most blouses had collars albeit very small collars and a scarf would sometimes be worn to accessorize the outfit. Lastly, the blouse would be tapered around the waist very tightly to give the appearance of a small waist line.

Pants

Pencil leg pants were quite popular. These were tight fitting pants that stopped about mid calve. They were very similar to what we consider capris today. Again the pants were tight and were worn that way to give a very slimming appearance.


Skirts

Unlike the blouses and pants, the skirts worn in the 50’s were very full and loose fitting. The most popular skirt was the poodle skirt, which was a long full skirt that went to about mid calve, and was worn with a Crinoline Petticoat or a full slip to give the skirt more body. A thick belt was worn to separate the tight blouse from the full poodle skirt and this gave the impression of a very small waist.

Shoes

Saddle Oxford Shoes were worn by most girls. These were very simple shoes that were great for dancing at a Sock Hop. They had about a 1” soles which didn’t give them much height. They were white and black and were worn with Bobby Socks, which were little socks that went about ankle length.

Accessories

We have already mentioned a few accessories like scarves, belts and bobby socks. Some other 50’s accessories were Cat-eye Glasses and Pearl Jewelry. Anyone of these accessories will really help finish off a 50’s costume or outfit.

50’s Poodle Skirts

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