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The Classic 1950 Hourglass Tight Sweater

1950s sweaters

Sweaters for women have always had two purposes: the first is to keep you warm when it gets cold outside. My favorite technique to warm up over a shirt or swing dress is to throw on a cardigan, which is easy to remove if you get too hot. The second goal is to be fashionable! Sweaters gained center stage in women’s fashion in the 1950s.  Although sweaters were modestly worn at the time, they were also worn on the tighter side (but not skin-tight), which helped to emphasize a lady’s body. This, when paired with a larger skirt, gave ladies the “fit n flare” hourglass style that was so popular in the 1950s.

Were sweaters popular in the 1950s

Ladies’ cardigans were popular in the 1950s, especially among young women who wore them over button-up blouses. The buttoned-up cardigan with a full-circle skirt is the most classic style, which could be worn to sock hops or a romantic night at the malt shop! Adult women, too, wore them with a pleated or a (not too tight) pencil skirt daily. Although today’s retro-reproductions are plastered in beautiful motifs like cats, cherries, and rubbish, the original cardigans were more basic and utilitarian. Many of them, however, were adorned with beads or yarn needlework. Ivory, delicate coral and baby pinks, and blues were among the most popular colors. In the 1950s, cardigans featured a modest crew or high neckline and were worn buttoned up or draped over the shoulders, with a single button or a sweater clip fastening. Cardigans from the 1950s were lovely, soft, and uncomplicated, much like the era!

They were made of high-end materials including wool (with angora), orlon, nylon, and, at the top end, cashmere. When almost all apparel was imported, cheap cotton blends appeared. In the 1950s, the bulk of all clothing in the United States was made in the United States by high-quality enterprises that took pride in their work.  Of course, there were the well-known sweaters from Ireland and Scotland (which were highly sought after imports), and many of the beaded sweaters came from Hong Kong.

These beautiful little over-the-head sweaters were usually slightly cropped with 3/4 sleeves, a modest neckline, and, most significantly, a fitting waistband. The majority had a crew neck (which was frequently paired with a scarf), but several also had collars or even a shawl neck. The basic silhouette, as seen in the photo below, included a crew (or high) neck, somewhat dolman sleeves, a nip and tuck waistband, and enough room for the cloth to “drape” over the bra underneath. Sweaters in the 1950s were not skin-tight, contrary to common assumptions.

Sweaters were worn tight but not skin-tight (as I just said, with enough room for the fabric to drape over the bra) for a sexier, Hollywood-inspired look. They were always worn with the trendy bullet bra underneath. During Hollywood’s “Golden Age” in the 1950s, this was the traditional look of the stars. The “Sweater Girls” are a group of well-known Hollywood women. Because of the era’s modesty, there were less regular, everyday ladies wearing this style. Big Bullet Bra Boobs were the only way to go when it came to sex symbols and the silver screen!

What is a 1950 Sweater Sets

sweater college girl vintage fashionA matching set of a cardigan and a (typically) short-sleeved jumper or pullover is known as a twinset, twinset, or sweater-set. The twinset made its debut in the 1940s.

The traditional twinset is made of wool or cashmere, although modern versions might be made of synthetics like acrylic. The under-sweater is normally worn close to the body, with the cardigan undone to display jewelry, most commonly a string of pearls.

During the 1950s, twinsets were most strongly connected with women’s work outfits.

The traditional sweater combination included a cardigan and a short-sleeved sweater to wear underneath. These sets were popular and functional in the 1950s and beyond, but they were important closet staples for women of all ages in the 1950s.

The cardigan was the decade of the 1950s. Fitted cardigans spread far beyond the corridors of high schools and college dorms. Playtex torpedo bras clung to twin pairs, but diversity, the consumer buzzword of the day, won out. A hip-length, V-neck, buttoned garment was the genre’s rising star for both sexes.

How people match sweaters in 1950

These sweaters were styled in the most stylish way possible.

They were popular for secretarial and teaching jobs, but they were sometimes seen as too informal for more conservative organizations that favored dress suits. However, Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn, who were frequently seen wearing them on and off the set, contributed significantly to their popularity.

Fashionable bras, jewelry (mostly pearls), and pencil skirts were worn with the sweater.

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