In the s, fashion was more conservative and gender-specific than it is today. Teenage girls were expected to wear skirts and dresses in all but the most casual circumstances. Teenage boys had a little more freedom to be casual, wearing dungarees or jeans in the style James Dean and Marlon Brando, popular screen actors of the day. The s marked the first decade that teenagers were called teenagers, and companies increased their marketing of clothing to that demographic.
I Dressed Like A s Teen For A Week & This Is What Happened — PHOTOS
Christian Dior's "New Look" of continued to influence the fashions of the s. Unpadded, rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, closely-defined waistlines, and fully, billowy skirts define the new, more feminine wardrobe. Blouses, jeans, and long, narrow skirts were also quite popular. The dirndl dress, either sleeveless or with small puff sleeves and having a billowy skirt, became an extremely popular style.
Vintage 1950s Children's Fashion Clothes
The clothing industry throughout the s paved the way for the modern-day fashion trends that we enjoy today. However, the symmetrical structure which dominated s fashion began to subside during the s and turned towards the more subtle, and well-rounded style of Christian Dior, which became incredibly popular in America. During World War II, women paid more close attention to the homemaker role and sought clothing that was easy to wash and keep looking decent. Also, materials like spandex, polyester and acrylic were introduced throughout the decade. Another trend that appeared was sportswear, which resulted in people testing various looks, like the poodle skirt, which became very popular.
Ever since I watched Grease as a child, I have been enamored with vintage fashion. Growing up, my love for retro garments evolved even more, so I thought it would be incredibly fun to spend a week dressed in s teen fashion. My love of vintage style — particularly the fashions worn by American teens in the '50s — stemmed from Grease 's leading lady Sandy. As a total adolescent goodie two shoes, I could really relate to her. The fact that I was blonde and always wanted to be a cheerleader probably helped.