Looking back in fashion is one of the best ways to look forward. Overtime, we’ve seen fashion repeat itself through the decades. The 1950s was the year of fresh colors and new looks. The looks of this decade have returned in numerous ways although the fashion industry.
Fashion in the 50s
Fashion, as we know, is barely begun in one decade. Fashion of the 50s began in the late 40s. The Christian Dior dress of 1947 created a pattern for female wears up until the mid 50s.
The stylish dress which had a pronounced collar, synched waist, a loose A-line skirt and a button up from the top to bottom begun the trend of a new feminine silhouette that gave emphasis to the waist. This lead to other designs which emerged in the 50s by designers who wanted to maintain the silhouette and still produce new designs like Givenchy dress of 1952 with a defined waist and a full skirt.
The 50s had two popular looks that were both very feminine and chic. The first was the full skirted dress. It was called the swish dress as it had the popular tea length and was free fitting. It was a shorter version of the Victorian style dress with maintained modesty. The second style dress was the pencil skirt. Still maintaining the modest length of the times, this dress was a lot more appealing to the feminine silhouette as it made it a lot more pronounced and obvious. It was also called the wiggle dress, probably because of the way a lady would need to wiggle a bit to get in it. This dress was a typical work outfit or going out dress. With the different collar patterns, sleeve lengths, fabrics and patterns, this dress looked official and can still be worn today.
Easter brings along with it the spring season. What better time to look to vintage styles for the perfect inspiration for yourself and your kids than this.
The Easter bunny came in to existence in the 1700s as a German bird that kids would make nests for and expect it to lay colorful eggs in them. Uncertain about how true this story really is, the world has taken up the Easter egg tradition and turned it into an entire fashion statement for the season.
Easter is the celebration of the Life and death of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a Christian deity whom Christians believe to be the son of God who was sent to earth to die for the sins of men. The exact time of the year this happened is uncertain, however, every year Easter is celebrated at the end of a 40 days lenting period where Christians fast in remembrance of their savior.
The 1950s fashion has often played the perfect role to fuse the season; spring, and the reason for the celebration of Easter; Jesus, and the colorful addition of the Easter bunny. 1950s dresses with their casual, playful, modest and colorful look have proven to be perfect for the modern day lady during this season.
The polka dot trend is one notable trend of the 50s that best suits the Easter season. The trend has been a constant playful trend for spring. The halter neck, or boat neck was also an inspiration from the 50s collection. Petticoats and full skirts for the young and old, short sweaters and colorful fabrics and patterns.
Major influences on the 1950s makeup trends that began during the decade and have evolved to what we see today are Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Doris Day and a few others.
1950s is known as the era of the mask effect. There were cream foundations and eye shadows, skin type powders and naturally defined eyebrows. The main purpose of makeup products has always been maintaining a youthful look. The 1950s was the beginning of a lot of extra aesthetic additions to the makeup industry. Hazel Bishop paved the way in the early 1950s with the first non-smear lipstick; following suit was Revlon who created their own non-smear lipstick in 1953.
The typical 50s makeup consisted of a cream foundation applied heavily on the face to give a pale look. It was complimented with a loose powder applied evenly on the face. Next were the eyes; the eyes had specific looks. Some eye shadow palettes had only two or three colors ensuring all ladies maintained a certain look. The winged eye liner above the eyes was a famous trend in the 50s; eyebrows were defined with an arch and drawn out to look a shade darker.
Easter Party Ideas
For the Easter celebrations, going Vintage is one amazing choice as the 50s vintage dresses are very convenient for such a season.
Easter is the season of celebrating the life and death of Jesus Christ. However, the inclusion of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs is a colorful addition like Santa too Christmas.
Easter comes with a lot of love, bright flowers, warm weather and amazing food. However, hosting a party is not dependent of these alone. A lot has to be put into consideration when planning an Easter party is concerned.
Some amazing Easter activities are:
- Egg crafts: As part of the Easter season celebration, in loving memory of the Easter bunny, eggs are painted in beautiful colors.
- A bunny and egg plate setting: Wrap an egg in a folded napkin, tying it loosely at one end, giving it beautiful bunny ears, while the egg is placed in the middle of your plate setting and given a bunny face.
- Decorating Easter cookies: This is a fun kitchen activity for kids. It involves decorating Easter cookies with either butter or fondant toppings.
- Book reading: Reading an Easter book with kids is also a fun and educative Easter party activity.
- Egg race: This can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. It increases balance and concentration.