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Juli Charlot – Poodle Skirt Designer

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Poodle skirts are well known clothing articles that were especially popular during the fifties. A woman by the name of Juli Lynn Charlot actually invented the skirts. Charlot didn’t even know how to sew when she created the well known poodle skirt.

Charlot was not an original clothing designer. She was a singer and actress in an opera company. She worked that way until the Second World War was over and she got married to her husband Philip.

She was, however, sensitive to fashion. She was very particular about the clothing she wore while up on stage. She hired dressmakers to look at her designs and sew dresses based on them.

When her husband lost his job, and she had limited funds, she decided to continue creating her own designs instead of purchasing dresses. She was limited in what she could do, however, since she never had learned how to sew. Her mother owned a factory that gave her access to free felt material, so that was the material that Charlot decided to use with her full skirt.


Choose the Perfect Holiday Gift: A Beautiful Poodle Skirt

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Poodle skirts make a perfect Christmas or holiday gift. They are well known for their cute design. They are also versatile and can serve a lot of different functions.

They work for both adults and children. Poodle skirts look great on little girls. Girls will have a blast dressing up in their skirts and twirling in front of the mirror.

They also work well with adults. They come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. That way you can choose a poodle skirt that matches the personality of the person you are giving the skirt to.

You can choose to get ones that are authentic like they actually were in the fifties. Originally they came in bright colors that also had a colored appliqué that was metallic. The appliqué was that of a poodle, often shown with a bright collar and leash that wound its way up to the waist of the skirt.


Christmas Party Ideas With a Fifties Twist

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Hosting a holiday party is always a fun adventure. It is fun to think of new ways to entertain friends and loved ones, especially at Christmas time. A great party idea this year would be to host a 50’s themed Christmas party.

First of all, the 1950’s have a lot of things to offer. There are fun 50’s outfits that you can purchase to wear to make the event fun. Plus there is good Christmas décor, and beautiful 50’s Christmas music that you can listen to.

Food – Serve a traditional, holiday meal that would have been served in the fifties. This can include holiday glazed ham, parsley potatoes, eggnog, green salad bowl with French dressing, individual plum puddings, broccoli, fruit cocktail, potato cubes or roast potatoes, and Parkerhouse rolls. Choose your favorite array of food items and be sure to serve on nice china.

50’s Outfits – Ask guests to dress up in traditional 50’s outfits. Adult men can wear suits and fedora hats, women can dress up as fifties housewives with heels and full dresses that reach a little below their knees. Teenagers and children can have fun with greaser outfits, poodle skirts, white t-shirts, slicked back hair, ponytails, and rolled up jeans.


How to Plan an Amazing Sock Hop For the Holidays

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Looking to liven up your holiday season? Throw a sock hop. Sock hop dances are a wonderful way for people to get together and celebrate for the holidays.

Start with a great invitation. Invitations are the first thing your guests will look at so be sure that you have a fun invitation to share. You can make hand-made invitations or purchase ones that have a 50’s theme.

Another important aspect of sock hops is the costume choices. 50’s attire is mandatory to pull off a successful sock hop. This means wearing bobby socks, saddle shoes, cuffed jeans, leather jackets, poodle skirts, and cat glasses.

Dances need really good music to dance to. Stick to the popular classic choices with your music. Elvis Presley and Bill Haley will definitely liven up the dance party.

You could hire a choreographer to teach some fun 50’s dance moves to people who are interested. There are quite a few fun dance steps including the bop, the hand jive, and the cha cha. Some people like to have the choreographer teach guests the dance moves an hour or half  hour before the dance starts so they can use those moves during the dance.


Fun Activities Where You Can Wear Your Amazing Poodle Skirt

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Have an amazing poodle skirt from Halloween or a dance recital? Are you looking for other activities to wear it at? Here are some great 50’s themed activities that you can wear your beautiful poodle skirt at.

“Grease” Party – Get a group of friends together for a fun 50’s movie party. You can have some friends dress up as the good-girl Sandy with poodle skirts, cardigans, and ponytails. Others can come dressed up as the pink ladies or grease members. Add some soda and popcorn and you have the perfect Grease party.

Car Hop – Host a carhop or look for a carhop in your area. 50’s costumes work perfectly for carhops. Dressing up in 50’s attire makes the car hop look more authentic, and makes it a much more fun experience for everyone involved.

Sock Hop – Have a fun sock hop dance party. Pull together the amazing music from the 50’s. You can even host the dance in a gym and ask guests to take off their shoes for the event.


Dressing Up in Poodle Skirts During the Holidays

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Poodle skirts are great items to have around for the holidays. First, they allow children and adults to have fun dressing up during the special season. Secondly, poodle skirts offer a quick costume choice for people going to dress-up parties.

Having a few extra costumes on hand is always a terrific idea. Children love to dress up spur-of-the moment. When you have costumes for them to dress up in already you don’t have to worry about hunting down items last-minute.

Dress-up clothes can also be handy for adults. How many times have we forgotten about costume parties we have been invited to? A lot of times we don’t remember until the day of, and it can be stressful trying to run around and find a costume to wear.

Having an adult poodle skirt solves this. You already have a costume that you can fallback on. Poodle skirts work for 50’s parties, dress-up parties, couples parties, etc. They are great items to have in your closet.


Hosting a Holiday Party?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The holidays are always fun. One of the best things is being able to spend time with family and friends. Holiday parties make get-togethers even more fun. Here are some great holiday party themes that you can incorporate this year.

Ugly Sweater Party – Have fun with those ugly, old, cheesy sweaters that people wear around Christmas. Guests will have fun dressing up in sweaters they no longer want to be seen in public wearing. Have some hot cocoa with donuts and have the main activity be socializing, though pictures of the event will be necessary.

Winter Wonderland – Host a winter party for your guests. String up winter decorations, such as snowflake ornaments and snowmen. Be sure to serve yummy wintery foods, such as soup.

Decade Party – Ask guests to dress up in different decade costumes. For example one couple could be asked to dress up in 50’s costumes and poodle skirts while another family could be asked to dress up in 80’s attire. You could even choose to have everyone dress up from the same decade. If you decide to do that it’s a good idea to choose a popular decade that has easy to access costumes. The 50’s are a good choice since poodle skirts and grease outfits are easy to come by. Poodle skirts especially are easy to recognize as a costume from the 50’s.


Teenage Sense of Style in the Fifties

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Through out history there has been a distinction between how children, teenagers, young adults, and adults dress themselves. Styles have come and gone through out history. But one thing remains the same – a very distinct difference in clothing styles with teenagers.

During the 1950’s teenagers had quite a few options as far as 50’s outfits were concerned. There were the preppy outfits, the jock outfits, and the new greaser outfits. Each of these styles was a popular 50’s fashion choice.

Girls who were more on the preppy side wore skirts and blouses. They wore soft cardigans over their blouses. They wore their hair curled and sometimes put a bow in their hair.

The skirts varied in styles, but the most popular option was the famous poodle skirt. The poodle skirt was often made out of felt or wool, or heavier material. The term poodle skirt came from the appliqués that teenagers liked to add to their skirt to make it more personal and cute. These appliqués were things such as poodles and music records.


Why You Should do a Sock Hop this Holiday Season

Friday, November 5th, 2010

With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to begin planning a fun and festive event for your friends and family.  There are several holiday activities that you could choose from.  Why not add an annual sock hop as a new tradition?

Strolling right down memory lane can be  memorable experience for all.  With a few simple things to think about and prepare you’ll quickly be ready to amaze everyone with you’re great entertainment.  These include invitations, decorations, costumes, food, music and games.

There are many creative ways to invite your guests to your party. You could use black construction paper to make a record, inviting people to come for a “swinging party.”  You could cut out a picture of a clock and inviting people to come “rock around the clock” at your sock hop.  There are many possibilities.  Just put something along with your 50’s theme.

Next you need to start thinking decorations.  You could set your room up like a high school gym, or a diner.  Add an old-fashioned jukebox and you have a decoration and entertainment in one.


Decorating Tips For a 50’s Bedroom

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Are you trying to find inspiration for decorating your home? A 50’s styled room can be an amazing décor option for a bedroom. Here are a few decorating ideas on how to make the perfect 50’s bedroom.

Bring in a jukebox. A jukebox will pull in the 50’s theme easily. You can bring in an actual jukebox to double as a CD player, or put a stencil of it on the wall.

Decorate room with records. If a jukebox is not your cup of tea, you can still decorate and bring in the classic 550's style clothing0’s theme by portraying music records in your room. You can display a few on the wall, or display record covers as part of the wall art.

Make your photos look antique. If you have a favorite family picture opt to put it in black and white instead of in color. If you want to go the extra step you can even set up a photo session with your family wearing 50’s style clothing in the picture. 50’s style clothing can be bought online or rented at costume shops.