How to wear 1950s style clothing

Was any decade more unabashedly feminine than the 1950s? It was the era responsible for the rise of such iconic style stars as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, and it remains a touch point for fashionistas of all stripes today. Craving that midcentury look? Here’s how to wear 1950s style clothing – more specifically, the decade’s two most iconic silhouettes.

The Fit and Flare Look

Christian Dior debuted his “New Look” in February 1947, but the style really made its mark in the 1950s. The New Look silhouette consisted of full, midi-length skirts and a nipped-in waist line. It’s no secret that this look is super flirty and flattering, which is probably why fashion girls are still embracing it more than 65 years later.

Pink Martini Collection Tide is High Dress

The pretty girl in this pic snapped by Pigment B Photo et Design for Boutique Marie-Josée is a great example of how to rock a fit-and-flare dress (and she just so happens to be wearing our Tide is High Dress…). Her modern hair and tattoos keep her from looking like she’s wearing a costume, while her cherry red lipstick is a nod to the bygone era.

The Sheath Dress

At the other end of the fashion spectrum, the 1950s was the dawn of the sheath dress, also known as the wiggle dress (isn’t that hilariously fun to say?). These dresses hugged the body and featured a pencil skirt.

Pink Martini Collection's Lucia Dress in White

You can try the wiggle dress look in our Lucia Dress in White. This cool dress features a tropical print that looks like it was hand-drawn on – too cool! It’s a modern take on the vintage silhouette – instead of hitting below the knee it hits above. Go full-on fifties by pairing it with vintage pumps, pearls and fire engine red lipstick, or modernize it by wearing it with a topknot and a fun pair of flats.

Interested in vintage fashion? You’ll love our post on 1960s-inspired dressing!

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