20th Century Fashion History: 1950-1960

I don’t get to use the term swinging 60s until next week really, but I’m pretty sure the swinging life started in the 1950s. Youth culture, housewives, Hollywood icons and a fashion balancing between elegance and energy. Here’s the fashion history: 1950-1960:

20th century fashion history 1950-1960


The Society during 1950-1960

I often think of the 1950s as a doll house. Where the focus is centered to having the perfect home and a happy family. Where the interior is matching the clothes of the family, the furnitures of the house are all the latest trends and the surface is polished to perfection. You know?

The 1950s were a decade of youths against adults.The growing youth culture would become the first distinct decade where teenagers differed from their parents in the way they dressed but also lived. During the 1950s the teenage culture would be inspired by Hollywood stars and their work: music or movies. School cliques as in gresaers, jocks and preppy are strongly associated with the decade. Including teenage things like high school prom, drive in restaurants and the American high school dream. (Think Grease).

The decade would also be a development for technology, iconify the idea of a housewife and embed every person’s (man’s) possibility to self-actualization. The car industry bloomed and technology peaked with television for the home. Even though the 1950s, with a retroperspective, feels like quite the youthful and joyful decade – the years were defined by the Cold War as well as reconstruction after WWII and also the Civil Rights Movements. Topics that contrasted the handbooks in how to be a perfect housewife (yup, those existed).

Style of the 1950-1960

The differing of youths and adults would reflect in how people dresses. The core would be the same however, but with youths going for simpler details and more functioanl. The so called greasers would approach a more edgy style with denim, leather jackets and – of course – greasy hair. Style icons were Elvis Presley and James Dean. The people that still kept it more or less conservative 20th century fashion history 1950-1960would have Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn as style icons. If one went for a more pinup style, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor would be more defining.

The hourglass silhouette was defined by Dior and The New Look. The bust was pointy, the waist tiny and the hips large. This was often enhanced with a corset or clothes that defined and hid the body in the right places. The illusion of  large hips was, of course, helped by the voluminous skirts and dresses that gave the effect of an even thinner waist. This iconic and lively look of the 1950s has it similarities to the mid part of the 19th century, where women looked like porcelain dolls. The latter is partly relating to the women of the 1950s where they looked polished and perfected. – just like how their homes should be. A matching doll house that is.

Parallelly to the feminine style, a more boyish look was developed with Audrey Hepburn being a popular icon. The look mainly consisted of cigarette/capri pants with a neat jumper and a pair of flats. Functional and minimalistic.20th century fashion history 1950-1960

The color scale for women was bright, sweet and sugary. Pastels in all shades possible, a lot of gingham and floral patterns. Pearls for the neck, gloves for the hands and scarves for the hair. Denim became an everyday item and red was a common statement for makeup as well as clothes (especially for the pinups). For the boyish look, the colors were similar to men’s with brown, camel, grey and black.

The clothes between 1950-1960

Several looks of the 1950s remains characteristic to this day. The tight cigarette pants paired with a sleeveless blouse is one iconic outfit. The twin sets with same colored top and cardigan (often with a pearl necklace) would be a popular go to (see below by Beauty). The skirts were fluffy and matched with a blouse or 20th century fashion history 1950-1960jumper. The collars and necklines of the blouses and dresses were a cute detail (see here). Bows were a popular choice of detail, often added to necklines.

Sunnies were an accessory that grew in popularity, often with pointy frames and matching to the rest of the outfit. The skirt length was right below the knee which was a favorable length for the effect of the skirt. The jackets and coats of the 1950s were important to the fashion, an importance that remains today. Or how about leather jackets and college jackets? The coats of the decade are insanely pretty with sack coats (with a silhouette like an oval shape). Even more popular were the sack dresses by Hubert de Givenchy that became more popular towards the end of the decade.

Beauty between 1950-1960

The beauty of the 1950s is more or less a more natural version of the 1940s beauty. The eyebrows were naturally thick with an arch in the center. The winged eyeliner got its full love in the decade, often done with the classic red lip. Eyeshadow could be white or bright blue.  I often think of apples (lol) whenever I see a makeup look from the 1950s. The skin is porcelain, the cheeks perfectly blushy, the lips are the 20th century fashion history 1950-1960perfect shade of red and the overall makeup look is polished to its core. 

The hair was wavy and curly, often framing the face hanging down from the sides. Another hair look was curly with the curls brushed away from the face, giving the face its full spotlight and an ladylike appearance. Ribbons were also popular to tie ponytails and braids.

Spotlight of 1950-1960: Givenchy

Even though the queen of fashion, Mademoiselle Chanel, made her big comeback during this decade (she despised Dior’s silhouette and clothes that stopped women from mobility and a functional life), this decade belongs to Hubert de Givenchy. The french designer got his big breakthrough during the 1950s with his new silhouettes, design and simplified glamour. He launched the sack dress, which was a major success, and stood behind several of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic looks (Roman Holiday, Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the 60s). The two of them were close friends and Hepburn was his muse. Givenchy’s style was simple but glamorous with a focus on the fabric/silhouette rather than details, which was a nice contrast to the current trends.

Transition to 1960s

The years after the mid 1950s, fashion began to go more functional. Chanel was back in fashion and embraced a more straight silhouette. So did Pierre Cardin (as seen below, just look at the coats – hello gorgeous!). Christian Dior passed away in 1957 and his successor, YSL, launched the trapeze silhouette (A-line) in 1958 with his Trapeze Line for Dior. The A-silhouette would define and enable a lot of the fashion in the 1960s, from the mini skirts to the iconic shift dresses. The fashion of the late 50s went more simplified and functional but still kept the core of fun colors and patterns. The latter would be intensified and underlined in the 1960s – and with its full force be a part of the swinging 60s.

And that’s a wrap on the fashion history: 1950-1960. Next week will be about London, the final liberalisation for womenswear and space!

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Preview: Makeup Trends Fall 2017

As I told you in the post on Monday, preview of the fall 2017 fashion trends, here’s a preview of the makeup trends fall 2017. As beauty trends are more limited and precise than fashion trends, I’ve made a shorter list rather than a full on summary. Here are  some of the makeup trends fall 2017:

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Makeup Trends Fall 2017

Colorful For Life

So a colorful fashion for fall has already been clarified, but same goes for the makeup life. Colorful eyeshadows and eyeliners are trending. Of course in traditional shape of powdery eyeshadows, but also creamier ones where the color is more intensified. Oscar de la Renta demonstrated this gorgeously. Vivienne Westwood also went colorful with a neon touch. Versus Versace went a bit smoky with a navy shade. Zadig & Voltaire went more artsy with gorgeous popping shades, like yellow.

1980s Natural Face

I know, a specific look for a 1980s natural face shouldn’t differ anymore from a regular natural face. But you know that Cindy Crawford natural look? With big bushy brows, lips with a slight intensified red shade and a bit bronzy face? Well, that look is accompanying the fashion trends of the 80s. Think healthy, natural and perfected features (like eyebrows but better, natural lip color but stronger). Marchesa, Calvin Klein and Tory Burch all worked this look in different versions.

Simple Statements

I don’t know if this is a reaction to the makeup on makeup looks that are everywhere, but for fall 2017, designers want us to stick to one statement. If you’re going for statement lips, let them be in focus. If you’re going for intensified eyes, leave them at that. Marc Jacobs went for a natural look with bold lips. So did Jason Wu with the perfect shade of red. La Perla went for heavy eyes and nude colored lips.

Artsy lines

TomeVersus Versace and Mulberry are only some of the designers that went for lines with an artsy statement. Not really in terms of a classic cateye, but random or exaggerated  lines in different colors. Perhaps something not for the everyday, but ever so gorgeous and artsy! Mulberry’s makeup look could pass for an everyday makeup look with the framing of the eyes though!

Refined 90s

I don’t care if I only noticed Derek Lam doing this, but oh my such a pretty look. The awkward bright blue shade from the 90s (often done with mauve lips: see here) – but in a refined version. The bright blue is beautifully blended, with a touch of metallic, and the mauve is changed to a glossy lip. And above all: the look is kept as natural as possible. Genius balance of the features! I can definitely go for the 90s makeup if the blue shade is that pretty. 

Folks! Which makeup trend fall 2017  will you be working this fall? Leave a comment! Xx

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5 Trendy Fashion Details Right Now

I did a post like this some weeks ago (here). But you know how it is, trends keep on changing at the pace of life keeps on moving, so it’s time for an update! Here are some trendy details right now:

Corset Belt

This trend is a reminder to us all that it’s very much indeed possible to die the fashion death and go to style heaven. I’m obsessing with the corset belt trend atm. The name might not completely be accurate as it’s more a matter of oversized statement belts. The most popular idea is to do a loose clothing piece and mark the waist with the corset belt. (But it works however you want tbh). Don’t think too much about the statement of it and changing your outfit after the belt. Instead, let it be an extension of your regular outfits and elevate your style while staying true! If you want to nail the style with perfection though, pair it with a jumpsuit. (You’re friggin’ welcome!). Popular styles to work it with: shirt, college sweater, t-shirt.

Blush Color

I’m not too sure why blush is trending as much as it does these days. I mean, the color is a genius one to do with fall colors aka your typical jewel tones. Like blush + navy or blush + burgundy (= gorgeous combinations). But blush is  a color for spring too, with its sweet and embracing tone. It’s also a natural extension to the style of the instagrammers that enjoy a more neutral color palette of beige, khaki green, grey and black. It’s also quite flattering and it works well with floral and trendy pieces as statement sleeves and bomber jackets. As seen in the photo below, it’s a gorgeous color for picking up and highlighting other shades in a print = don’t be afraid to try it yourself!

Patent Leather

So the patent leather trend this time around began with the ankle boots more or less and ever since the material has increased in popularity. It’s still most common in black, but more red and white is popping up. The glossy material is still a match for the shoes but is going more frequent as leggings, pants, bags, skirts, dresses and jackets! I might do a full post on how to style patent leather as it’s actually is one of the most fun materials to work with. Instinctively though, try it with denim, knit or even suede. Think about the contrasts!

Uneven Denim Hem

This is a warning to us all folks, we will hate this trend in a few years! I sometimes wonder if it began as a failed DIY experiment as pretty much anyone can take a pair of old jeans and do the hems uneven (quite the saving tip actually). It is not a specifically beautiful trend, quite the contrary: it’ pretty ugly. But this trend is also a great example of fashion being more expressive rather than polished gorgeousness. The uneven hem trend is mostly done with fishnet tights underneath and a pair of statement heels to it. I also like it with sneakers and it’s a gorgeous contrast with flats too! I hate that I love this trend, but also the other way around.

Crop tops over shirts

I’m going specific with this trend as, crop tops over t-shirts and dresses have been done for quite some time now. But crop tops, in a bra style, is quite the trend these days. Like a compromise of wearable office wear but still with a fashion edge. It’s often done quite casual with denim or loose pants. The shirt can be a bit loose and the crop top quite defined (and work like a belt almost). It’s a good balance to the covering fabric of the shirt. This trend is great to play with colors and prints. Let the crop top or shirt contrast the piece you want to have in focus! Tbh, this trend is kind of a version of the corset belts, so choose the one you love the most or work both!

Folks! What trendy details are you working right now? Drop a comment! Xx

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Preview: Fashion Trends Fall 2017

People are talking about embracing spring fashion and everything, so that’s why it’s an excellent time to talk about fall fashion instead! I mean, who cares that we just survived a long winter and the majority of us are in desperate need of D-vitamin? Fall fashion is the best. And I mean, tbh, as quickly as time passes by these days it’ll be fall next week, lol! Anyways, here’s a preview on the upcoming fashion trends fall 2017!

Fashion Trends Fall 2017

Colorful colors

I firmly believe that the world needs more colors and this couldn’t be more true for the fashion world. Colors are highly associated with feelings and affects us and the people around us. That’s why I’m utterly happy about the vibrant colors that are trendy for fall, and yes, preferably done as monochrome. There is, of course, the color for the year: pea green, but also a lot of yellow, red, blue and pink done from top to toe. Altuzarra worked the yellow and so did Nina Ricci (and also pink). Sibling worked the red life and so did without a doubt Givenchy too. As spring is approaching though, why only make it a matter of fall? Go colorful for spring too, the transition is quite easy!

Oversized Obsession

The oversized life is going crazy for real. I don’t mind it too much though, quite the contrary, I love getting comfy in clothing pieces that are a few sizes too big. You know, food babies and so on ftw. Anyways, the oversized life is touching all styles of fashion. The preppy life is going oversized in terms of blazers, pants and silhouettes. The street style life is embracing oversized hoodies and jackets. Coats in specific are going a bit more exaggerated than last year. Still midi-length but often one or two sizes too big. Especially London Fashion Week went crazy on the trend with countless of designers going for it. Designers that worked oversized: Erdem, Sacai, Haider Ackermann and Simone Rocha – only to mention some! We all do, still, remember the oversized poncho blankets from Mulberry. Please let me know if anyone wants to send me one, I need it as a movable habitat.

Working 9 to 5

We’re living in a time where more women than ever are nailing the work life. So perhaps it’s no surprise that clothes and looks typically associated with the office are trending. A lot of blazers (one of the trends I pointed out specifically from Milan Fashion Week). But also ladylike from Paris Fashion Week with a lot of matching pencil skirts and blazers. Louis Vuitton had a more contemporary approach on the trend with a more youthful vibe. Stella McCartney went office style too, with a British twist. Alberta Ferretti partly embodied the trend too. Whether the designers’ ideas of office clothes suits your life or not, it’s a chic dose of inspiration!

Contemporary Renaissance

Note the word contemporary in the name for this trend, because the modern view of the Renaissance couldn’t be more modern, upbeat, functional and suit the 21st century style more than it does. Instead of layers of uncomfortable fabrics and clothing pieces, we embrace the best details of it. Giambattista Valli went for the epoque, so did D&G as always and Jonathan Simkhai as well. Erdem worked it too. A lot of ruffles, high collars, velvet, some lace and definitely attitude. This trend is perfect for statement sleeves and blouses, also a perfect excuse to use gold and be all dramatic about your fashion game.

Prints & Patterns

Prints and patterns are never out of the fashion game, but are more in than usual this season. We have a lot of prints as in flowers (what else), squares, stripes, dots, postmodern art, stars, plaid, gingham and whatever you can imagine. The flowers are going pretty dark with black, navy and dark green as a common background color. Sibling went pretty retro and so did House of Holland. Tory Burch went classic and feminine with gorgeous flowers and the queen of prints, Mary Katrantzou did it pretty upbeat. The best part about this trend is that there’s something for everyone, whether you enjoy it minimalistic or full on statement – you can make it work!

Folks! Hit me with your favorite trend for fall, going for history or taking it oversized? The post about beauty trends fall 2017 will be up on Wednesday! Xx

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Summary of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017

Some people call Paris the capital of love, I don’t know about that, but I do know that the city constantly cements its position as the fashion capital of the world. The last week of fashion month delivered a good mix of French style, refined classicism as well as trendy looks going youthful. Here’s the summary of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017!

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Notable Shows

Chloé Fall 2017

There were two shows in specific I pointed out as extra interesting this fashion month. One of them is Chloé, with this being Claire Waight Keller’s last collection for the brand after 6 years.  Waight Keller has always kept her design for Chloé a bit retro, a bit feminine and practical. Her last collection might  not have been the best one, but a worthy adieu to an extraordinary run. It was a bit 60s, some 70s, it was floral, yellow and brown in combination, cute collars and looks that felt very Parisian. This cape also existed and if you ask me, it’s pure geniusness and a piece that would justify life, you know. Mercí Claire! See full collection here.

Givenchy Fall 2017

The other one of the two anticipated shoes is Givenchy. It’s the first collection without Riccardo Tisci and a collection of the Givenchy Studio (a successor has yet to be announced). The collection consist of earlier looks from Givenchy with one twist: everything is in red. It’s the iconic Bambi sweater, but in red. It’s the mermaid look (at least that’s what I call it), but in red. And so it goes. The looks are some of the best from the Givenchy’s catalogue and the color red might not make all the outfits justice, but a fun touch nevertheless. This is by all means not a hint of the direction Givenchy is heading towards, but more of a pause and summary of the work so far. See full collection here.

Trends Fall 2017

The trends from Paris are all, not so surprisingly, kind of vintage. We have the space vibe from Chanel, the lady life from the bigger fashion houses and a good dose of the 1980s. The eyes are bronzy and the lips are mahogany (very fancy stuff). It’s a fall for blazers, tweed and dark shades of jewel tones!

Fashion Trends Fall 2017

Space – I rarely speak of Chanel, if not in terms of the brand’s historical impact, as Chanel is a modern reflection of a chocolate box (with the descriptive pictures) – you always know what you’ll get. This year the theme was space and 60s in one good mix. Still very lady, very Chanel and look after look that goes into one another. Anyways, let’s go space with boots, glitter and shades of metallic, I’m here for it! See collection here.

Lady – Leave it to Paris to go full lady style for fall 2017. Or kind of lady meeting the 1980s but also lady style as in houndstooth, tweed, blazers and blouses. The only thing missing is a dog, a pair of red gloves and red lipstick. Chanel, of course, took it to the lady life. So did Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Giambattista Valli. Ladylike for life? Perhaps.

1980s – If there’s only one trend you should know about this spring and upcoming fall, it’s the 1980s (cause I talk about it in every other post). The oversized clothes, the pastel shades and the power suits are everywhere this year. Balenciaga presented a gorgeous dress with a 1980s feeling. Stella McCartney also embraced the decade with oversized blazers and silhouettes. Isabel Marant touched the decade too, with layers, belts and shoulders in focus.

Beauty Trends Fall 2017

Bronzy eyes – Acne took it smokey with bronzy shades for fall. One or two shades of bronze and frame the eyes accordingly. Easy and so good! Also a great match with the darker colors of fall. Both jewel tones, but also the rusty shades! See close-up here.

Mahogany lips – I feel like I’m being very opinionated in this post, but I’m not the biggest fan of celebrity collections in fashion. However, Fenty x Puma hits some high scores every now and then. As for fall, doing a Mahogany shade for the lips is a homerun! Play with the depth of the color with more red or brown in the lipstick to find your precise shade. And yes, kind of chic with the sporty fashion. See below.

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Designer Spotlight: Giambattista Valli Fall 2017

Ironically enough, Givenchy didn’t give us the dark design aesthetic that Tisci often did, but – so did Giambattista Valli. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought of this collection as Givenchy but more romanticized. Well well, a lovely collection nevertheless with quite a high level. A lot of floral, lace, ruffles, bows and classic shades of red, white and black. This look is one of the best from all the fashion weeks. This look might not be something new, but is done so well. I like the flamenco vibes as in this look and this one. Not too keen on this jacket, nor this look. But that are kind of the two distinct low points too. Valli might be trying new styles for his brand, but he is still playing rather safe with it. Nothing too unusal or innovative, but in line with looks that are likeable. It works of course, but it might not capture the fashion heart fully. See full collection here and more looks below!


Some thoughts

  • I have all the respect in the world for Elie Saab and his team. They’ve managed to win the hearts of millions of people around the globe, with different style preferences, in only a few years time. But c’mon, the runway’s design was a disaster. It looked like the models were a part of the interior as they blended in too well with the floor, the colors, the front row people and the light reflections. Only I that felt this way? Stunning collection though, if I only could see it better, lol. See collection here.
  • Dior is continuing the line of a young Parisian woman in the 90s. This is kind of good though, as the brand need to approach the younger generation too (even though we definitely can’t afford it, lol). Love the inspiration anyways. See collection here.
  • Except the Hermès bags, Hermès is not as famous for their clothes. But I liked them this season, kind of a Paris version of Burberry. Great play of colors, silhouettes and details. See collection here.
  • Even though this is the last summary of the fashion weeks, there are still posts left centering the weeks. So hopefully, you’re not too tired of them, if not, I’ll make sure that you are in a few weeks time, lol!

Folks! That’s a wrap of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017! Favorite looks, shows, hits or miss? Leave a comment! Xx

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