Crazy Styles of the 1950’s-Do You Remember? 4 comments

Fabrics of the 1950's

Rockabilly Fashion Over the Years

Rockabilly is a musical genre that merges rock and roll with hillbilly or country style. The first tunes in this classification appeared on the scene in the 1950s in the southern parts of the United States. Blues, boogie-woogie, and western swing also contributed to the popular genre, which continued to expand through the 1960s. Musicians and their clothing choices have always impacted fashion trends through the eras. Clothing worn by rockabilly artists during the 50s and 60s influenced what people wore then, and still show up in many vintage-garment designs todayRockability

Wholesome to Racy

During the 1940s, pin up girls were fairly wholesome, but with the rise of pulp fiction book covers, racier styles began to emerge. In the 1950s, film scores included rockabilly music, leading the youth of America to dance to the tunes and mimic the clothes worn by the actors and actresses in the movies.

GUys in the 1950'S1950s Styles for Guys

As the 1950s continued, rockabilly clothing became wardrobe staples for guys. Some of the popular garments in simple colors and styles were:

  • Jeans with wide rolled cuffs
  • Gabardine collared shirts
  • Cotton button-up shirts
  • Penny loafers
  • Black oxfords

WIld Side Of Fashion in 1950Styles for Women

While the guys wore jeans, button-ups, and loafers, women wore frillier styles, with girlie-girl details. For example, women wore:

  • Full-skirted dresses
  • Lots of crinolines
  • Low heels or flats
  • Ponytails
  • Bold prints
  • Polka dots
  • Red lipstick
  • Teased hair

Fabrics of the 1950'sCrazy Colors and Patterns

One of the trademarks of some rockabilly styles was forgoing simple and plain, and opting for crazy colors and patterns. The splashy hues, patterns, and combinations were fun and even rebellious. Some examples include:

  • Pink menswear
  • Novelty prints
  • Atomic prints
  • 2-tone jackets
  • 2-tone shirts

WIld Side Of Fashion in 1950Wild Side

Some of the fashions during the rockabilly craze embraced the wilder side for both men’s and women’s clothing pieces. Bad boys and naughty girls were becoming popular in movies and music, which influenced attire. Hot rodding, motorcycling, and man-killing females impacted wardrobe choices, such as:

  • Leather jackets
  • Engineer boots
  • Pencil skirts
  • Stiletto heels

Western RockWestern Rockabilly Styles

Since this musical genre emerged in the south and country tunes played a part in its history, it was natural that western clothing styles would come onto the scene. For example, some of the southwestern styles that appeared included:

  • Embroidered satin shirts
  • Appliqued gabardine shirts
  • Fringed skirts and jackets
  • Gingham shirts with snaps
  • Rayon loop shirts
  • 2-tone oxfords
  • Espadrilles

The rockabilly heyday only lasted a couple of decades, but the popularity of the music and fashionable styles is still with us today. Not every single outfit from this time period was influenced by this swinging musical genre, but the ones that were are notable and fun to wear today as vintage looks. motivation-monday-6 hosts

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