Author: modernvintage

Hollywood Influence On Fashion In the 50s

 

In the 50s, most men and women still dressed with a day-to-day formality. While it’s commonplace to see the top players in Hollywood out in their comfortable jogging suits, the 1950s would never have stood for such dress codes. For one, Hollywood in the 1950s was a very different place. For one, in perhaps an ode to the brightness enjoyed after the darkness of the 1930s and 1940s, the 50s was all about brightness. People still dressed with an almost silent formality, but it was more about making the most of colored garments.

50s Style Dresses Audrey Hepburn

50s Style Dresses Audrey Hepburn Polka Dots Swing Dress

More grandiose shapes than any era beforehand alongside wonderfully colorful clothing and exaggerated attire was the way to go. It wasn’t rare to see the tiny-waisted celebrities of the 1950s in outrageously large, voluminous skirt designs. If it wasn’t these expressive skirts, it was the sassy pencil skirt that was the norm for the female celebrity class of Hollywood.

1950s Bowknot Slim Short Sleeve Bodycon Pencil Dress

1950s Bowknot Slim Short Sleeve Bodycon Pencil Dress

With clothing now being made to a much higher standard than previous generations, much more work went into the idea of mass produced fashion. It was at this point that, as celebrity culture began to rise, that Hollywood stars of the day began to really change up their general dress style. With more variety than ever, too, celebrities of the ear used their prestige and their authority to help promote a new level of individualism.

1950s Vintage Long Sequins Formal Evening Dress

1950s Vintage Long Sequins Formal Evening Dress

With rationing still en masse until the late 1950s, the ability to express ourselves came through the clothing industry. For celebrities, it was a chance to show that it was more than their personality on-camera that got them roles, but their innovative, creative and artistic personalities, too. The concept of disposable incomes was no longer a myth, so people could afford to spend their hard-earned success on looking good. As women began to find much-needed self-confidence as society began to move towards a more equal time, too, many women were able to go out and find work, coming back and rewarding themselves with the latest celebrity fashion.

Green 1950s vintage swing party dress

1950s Vintage Style Swing Party Dress Green

From the petticoat to the ‘sweater girl’ style that was so prominent in the late 40s, culture changed almost entirely with the advent of the change in Hollywood. As the world became more open-minded and liberal to things like open expression, the celebrities of the world used that as a means of building their own individual stardom and brand. What followed was a fashion transformation unlike any arguably ever seen before in human history. The end result? A world far more at peace and ease with the idea of building its own look. As celebrities endorsed this new individualism, the whole world got on board to take us to the modern period of hyper-expressionism.

 

The Art Of The Hat

 

Over the years, the prevalence of the hat seems to have come in and out of fashion with stunning regularity. While the art of the hat goes back many a year, the history of the more modern style of hat can be quite confusing. From the old-school fascinators to the flat cap of old, hats have long been a part of fashion across the world.

From the ancient milliners using hats to keep the sun out of their eyes to the military and naval generals of the past and their tricornes, hats have enjoyed status for both fashion and function. The last century or so, though, has seen a total transformation in the history of this most wonderful of accessory.

Arguable the first time that hats became such a major hit in the 19th century onward was during the Edwardian period. At this point, women often wore hats that allowed them to carry off a rich S-shape in terms of their shadow, wearing (often comically) wide-brimmed hats. They were often so heavy that they could cause imbalance for those wearing the hat!

Edwardian hat pink

Pink organza Edwardian style fascinator hat

 

As the world began to turn to industry, though, fashion changed with this new industrial ideology. This seen everything change; hats included. For example, the classic trilby and fedora hat soon became a part of common parlance in the fashion industry. This became the timeless example of a classic male hat, and up until the 1960s was adorned by just about all men of working age.

The fact they were so easily designed and their simplicity meant they often fitted well in a car, unlike other hat styles. This seen hats become popular in the movie industry, too, and before long the trilby and fedora had become a very popular and common part of fashion parlance!

fedora hat

A classic, the Fedora hat

 

As the 1960s arrived, we seen a total change in how hats would be designed and managed. As human life began to switch towards more creative individualism, fashion and how we dressed changed with it. From how we wore our hair to the hats we covered it with, everything went through a swift and significant transformation.

From the classic flat cap to the baseball cap through to mod hats and then unisex hats, the concept of what was a ‘male’ hat and a ‘female’ hat changed almost overnight. Today, that liberalism has continued unabated. Hats are more daring than ever before, and often follow specific themes.

black feathers fascinator hat

A truly beautiful fascinator with black feathers

 

While it was once common for most men and women in the street to wear very similar hat styles, it’s less likely today. You could easily see someone wearing a bonnet, a flat cap, a skip cap, a snapback and even a woolly hat if you were to look around long enough!

Whether it’s a formal hat being worn to help complete a more studious look akin to the early 20th-century style or a hate emblazoned with all manner of colours and adornments, hats have never looked so different. In an era where the individual far usurps the collective, hats were always bound to undergo a transformative change in how they looked.


always on vacay summer hat

A funny summer hat from our period.

 

Get In The Spring Mood With A Retro Cocktail Dress

 

Spring has started, we are now waiting to see the grass coming out of the snow in certain parts of the world, while in others the birds are already singing and the grass gets greener and greener day by day.

No matter where you are, it’s time to start anew, it’s the moment of rebirth, of the mind and of the body and why not of the wardrobe as well.

This is the period in which weddings, parties, dates are likely to happen more often. This is a period of joy and celebration.

Think about wearing a new dress, one of those that takes your breath away, feel the moment you will put on the dress, close the zip behind your back, wear that pair of shiny glossy shoes. You look at yourself in the mirror and you realize how gorgeous you are with that 50s style makeup!

Probably now you are thinking about your current wardrobe, there you can find only winter clothes, and the only spring clothes you have are t-shirts, jeans, basic skirts. Nothing new, nothing exciting. Why not reinvent yourself and your sense of style this spring, for example with a retro-inspired cocktail dress?

We have chosen some really fresh and exciting looking dresses for you, but beware, you might be falling in love with one (or more) of this dresses! And that’s normal, spring is coming and these dresses are the fantasy of almost every woman 😉

 

 

Retro inspired floral print cocktail dress

Retro inspired floral print cocktail dress

Arab Embroidered Sleeveless Flare Dress - Deep Blue

Arab embroidered sleeveless flare dress – deep blue

Music notes and hearts retro inspired cocktail dress

Music notes and hearts retro-inspired cocktail dress

Polka dress black and white vintage swing dress

Polka dress black and white vintage swing dress

 

For more retro-inspired cocktail dresses visit the shop and this blog often.

 

Feel The Excitement Of The 50s With A Retro Style Home

 

The 1950s were a time of great energy and enthusiasm, as the USA and Europe succeeded in post-war recovery, displaying a progressive outlook. There were a number of vibrant designs, specifically influenced by the latest technologies, space exploration, and science. Vintage home decor ideas were innovative in this decade because of their classic appeal and modernity. Even though many years have passed, the retro home décor style is still very popular and people all over the world love to adopt these décor ideas, including vintage bathroom décor and vintage kitchen decor as it makes interior designing fun as well as appealing to the eyes.

 

salt and pepper container retro
Diner Tabletop 50s Style Accessories Set

 

Popular Accessories for Home Décor in 1950’s
For the first time, plastic was used as a material for making home décor accessories. Moreover, wood and metal were used for atomic and sunburst clocks. Among the items that could be found in a vintage kitchen décor were bread bins, stainless steel or enamel-coated canisters, pastel plastics and chrome appliances.
There was an increase in the production of several countertop appliances, for example, coffeemakers, blenders, stainless steel and chrome mixers to create more leisure time and to make tasks like housework quicker and easier.
The major focus of 1950’s household was on leisure and comfort. Moreover, this decade proved to a thriving time for families that belong to the middle class. This is because more and more families shifted to the suburbs, leaving behind the city to relax in their cozy homes.

 

Green Fifties-Style Kitchen Wall Clock

Green 50s-Style Kitchen Wall Clock

 

Colors in 1950’s
If we talk about colors, then the trendy colors in the 1950s were Scandinavian, modern and pastel. For vintage kitchen décor, blue, pale yellow, mint green, turquoise and pink pastel colors were particularly famous. Besides this, modern colors included bright yellow, white, black, red, orange and electric blue. The Scandinavian colors were mainly influenced by nature including the shades of green, gray, cream and brown.

Crosley Pink 1950s Wall Pay Phone

Cool 1950s Retro Style Pink Pay Phone

 

The 50s were undoubtedly a stimulating period for those who wanted to experiment with new colors and materials, and many looked at those what we consider nowadays as simple, as advanced solutions to every day’s life.

Red Cherries 50s Style Paper Towel Dispenser

Red Cherries 50s Style Paper Towel Dispenser

 

Who would not want to have a time machine to visit that period and maybe spend a day and a night in a beautiful 50s style home? Well, we know that is not possible, but we can recreate the feeling of the 50s, just as with fashion, also with home decor. Plenty of beautiful home decor items inspired by the 50s are available online, and the advantage nowadays is that it is enough a click of the mouse to get those shipped to your home. We love the 50s and we love the exciting feeling those years created in the heart of people. We want to recreate this feeling in you, this is why we have chosen to add a new section to the shop where we will publish retro-style decor and gifts ideas. Stay tuned and visit this site often, we are in the process to add more items.

For now, you can have a look at these cool retro home decor ideas.

 

 

Amazing Limited Time Offer On High Quality Fine Jewelry

 

For all those of you, who like to wear high-quality fine jewelry, this is an amazing opportunity! Through March 10, 2018, you can receive a FREE Women’s Timepiece with an order of $1,500+ (valued at $540) when you spend $1,500 or more.

Allurez provides you with precious jewelry expertly crafted in the USA. Top Quality.

Just click on the banner below to find this promotion.

 

How do you wear a brooch?

 

Brooches are usually made of silver or gold or other metals, they are often decorated with gemstones and can have a glossy layer of enamel. The purpose of a brooch can be that of ornament or fastening, to secure two sides of a piece of cloth, for example in a cloak.

Brooches were invented long time ago. Initially, they used to have a more practical use, later they evolved as ornaments. We find signs of brooches already in the Roman civilization, in that period the brooch was called fibulae.

Brooches were much more popular in the past, but they have become popular again.

pinup broochLipstick and shoe pin-up brooch.

 

So how do you wear a brooch?

You can add a brooch to the center of your dress in the chest area, just in the point between the breast or you can add it to the left or right side of the chest.

 

bee brooch

 

You might also want to be braver and add a brooch to the shoulder of your shirt, depending on the style you are wearing and the brooch.

 

bee brooch

 Cute Bee Brooch wore by the girl in the photo above.

Some women like to secure a scarf with a brooch and some use it to fasten the ends of a dress on the back, just under the neck, this style definitely highlights the beauty of the body in a backless dress.

Brooches can also be used on bags or on wallets if enough small, and on hats.

Brooches are so versatile that they can be added even to your home curtains as a decoration.

The most important thing is to avoid using too many brooches at the same time, one brooch is usually enough.

 

hummingbird brooch

A sophisticated and cute hummingbird pin

 

40s fashion: what did women wear in 1940’s?

40s fashion is one of the most stylish and classy fashion in the history.

Padded shoulders, high waist tops, and A-line skirts till the knee level were the basics for a perfect 40s outfit.

The materials used for clothing were natural fibers like linen, cotton, wool, and silk and others like rayon, acetate, and nylon. Usually light and sheer materials were the best for nightwear.

One of the interesting aspects of this type of fashion was the use of colors, from pastel colors in pink, yellow, blue, to mint green, and even gold, violet, aqua, coral, green, grey, red, brown, black.

Shoes were simplistic, mainly in basic colors like black, brown, red, blue. Also, shoes were relatively comfortable, with low chunky heels, even though during the end of the decade heels started to be higher and embellishments were added to the shoe. In the summertime, sandals with the opening of the toe and heel were used. The top materials for shoes were reptile skins, mesh, and fabric.

Curls and Victory rolls were the main feature of 40s hairstyle, the makeup was simple but glamorous at the same time, with red lipstick and a winged eye-liner.

Dressing in 40s style is not difficult, nowadays there are plenty of options online to choose from. Below some examples of 40s outfits adapted to our period, you might want to try.

 

Voodoo Vixen 1940s cherry print dress

1940s Style Teal & Antique Cherry Print Dress

 

40s style pink dress

40s Style Bow Tie Half Sleeve Pleated Shirt Dresses

Cream chiffon blouse 1940s

A gorgeous cream color blouse in chiffon, 40s style.

 

10 curious facts about high heels

 

1. High heels were first worn by men, as a form of riding footwear, as early as the 10th century.

2. Initially, high heels were especially a symbol of nobility.

3. Women started wearing high heels in the mid of 16th century.

4. Men had stopped wearing high heels in the mid of 18th century because at that point in time those were considered too much feminine for men.

Find out more about this beautiful pair of high heels

 

5. Women wear high heels for many reasons, because it is feminine and fashionable for example, but especially because high-heels add centimeters to the height and create the illusion to have thinner and longer legs.

6. High heels are well known for being “challenging” shoes, but you can wear high heels and feel comfortable if you choose a thicker type of heel.

7. High heels attract the attention of women of any age, even little girls like to try their mother’s high heels.

8. Running in high heels is not suggested because it can overload joints. Well, but who is going to run in high-heels anyway?

9. Short (about 2,5cm) high heels are comfortable and can actually help with calf pain because the calf muscles are not as stretched as without heels.

10. Even during the Second World War, when the food was limited, women would still not renounce to show off their femininity and the power of high-heels.

Find out more about this beautiful pair of high heels

 

 

How To Dress As a Rockabilly Babe

 

Rockabilly style is rock and roll inspired 1950s fashion which is quite interesting because of its bold use of colors and patterns. Rockabilly fashion is all about femininity, glamour, attitude and immaculate hair and makeup.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to the style you like; a perfect rockabilly babe from your outfit to your hairs and accessories. Let’s get started.

Tops and Blouses:

Pick the right top or blouse for your rockabilly look. Stay away from spaghetti-strap style. Show some skin and pick some halter top or button-down blouse.

 

Rockabilly top

Gray Leopard Print Rockabilly Top

 

Dresses:

For dresses, choose pencil dresses or those with thick straps or sweetheart neckline.

 

rockabilly pencil dress

Retro Vintage 50s Rockabilly Pencil Dress

 

Patterns:

The distinctive patterns that complete the signature rockabilly look are polka dots, stripes, checks, tartans and leopard prints. Go for a top incorporating such patterns.

rockabilly dress checked pattern

50s Vintage Swing Rockabilly  Gown Dress with a checked pattern

 

Colors

Red, black, blue and white are the dominant colors of rockabilly style. Try to select tops and shoes in these colors.

Skirts and Pants:

A high-waist pencil skirt is a must to complete the retro rockabilly look. Want extra bold? Pick a red skirt. However, if skirts aren’t your thing, invest in some ankle-length skin tight pants.

 

rockabilly red pencil skirt

Red Pencil Rockabilly Skirt

rockabilly leopard pants

Rockabilly Leopard Pants

Shoes:

Heels are essential for rockabilly fashion; pick them in shiny black, red or white colors.

 

Rockabilly shoes red

Shiny Red & White Rockabilly Shoes

 

Hair Styling:

To keep up with Rockabilly theme, opt for some classic Bettie bangs or fringes, hair rolls, and vintage waves. Pick some Bandanas, roses or bows to complete the hair styling.

Make-up:

Bright and bold makeup is rockabilly fashion staple. For the ideal look, put on bright red lipstick with perfectly winged black eyeliner. Flaunt the spotless skin and rosy cheeks with the right application of foundation and blush.

 

Rockabilly 50s makeup

 

Accessories:

Finish off your Rockabilly look with some retro specs, statement tattoo inspired jewelry and a vintage bag.

 

cherry rockabilly bagCherry Rockabilly Bag

 

It’s not hard to rock the Rockabilly fashion. You can create a statement pin-up look by mixing and matching items in your wardrobe and pairing them with the right accessories.

 

 

Top 5 Reasons Why Women Like Pin-Up Fashion

 

We have tried to figure out why women like pin-up fashion so much. Here are our top 5 reasons why women like pin-up fashion.

1. Dressing pin-up is all about being classy yet elegant, this means you need to take your time to choose the perfect combinations of colors, materials, and styles, trying out various outfits in front of the mirror. This is not an action you can do in a hurry, this is one reason why pin-up fashion is so much popular among women. It allows freezing time for a little while, dedicating time entirely to yourself and your image.

retro fashion dress

Click on the image to find more about this dress!

 

2. It is so feminine! In a society where women are “forced” to endure the stress of very demanding jobs in tough corporate environments, where the competition with men pushes women to take a more masculine attitude, dressing as a pin-up allows women to remain in touch with and claim their feminine side and show it off in a very exciting way.

 

Click on the image to find more about this dress!

 

3. Many celebrities have embraced pin-up fashion, their great influence coming from media has naturally made women thinking “that looks so cool, if they can do it, I can do that too!”.

 

celebrity pin-up style

 

4. Pin-up dressing is for all. Especially for those women who lived as teens in the 90s when fashion was all for skinny top models featuring on Vogue magazine, dressing pin-up is a relief.  No need to have a skinny body, instead, the more curves the better. The pin-up culture embraces your natural body features.

 

pin-up plus size dress

Click on the image to find more about this dress!

 

5. It is never boring, the rebirth of our inner child!  Starting from a simple pin-up hairstyle to the color of your nails to fantastic rockabilly skirts and shoes, there are so many options to choose from that you never get bored dressing pin-up and even windows-shopping can get to a surprisingly exhilarating level.


pin-up dressingClick on the image to find more about this dress!

 

If you liked our Top 5 Reasons Why Women Like Pin-Up Fashion, make sure to share this post by using the social media buttons below!