what a wonderful decade to have been a teenager. When we see the
way children dress today it makes us nostalgic for the days when
teens actually cared about how they presented themselves. They
took the time to dress appropriate for each situation they might
have found themselves in be a party, school, soda shop
gossiping, an evening on the phone chatting with friends or
Most of the styles worn were by today’s standards
quite conservative. If a young lady was spending the evening
talking on the phone to friends she might sport dungaree’s (blue
jeans) with a rolled cuff at mid-calf and a cotton button-up
shirt tied at the waist.
For an afternoon at the neighborhood soda shop one
might have worn a full poodle skirt with either a light sweater
or button-up cotton shirt along with saddle shoes and bobby
socks. This was considered the “in” look for the fifties era.
Most girls today would never be caught out in a dress, much less
one sporting frilly poodles.
If a young lady had an important party to attend she
might choose to wear a printed cotton dress with a slightly
scooped neck and full skirt with a sewn in petticoat. The shoes
she would have tastefully chosen would have been a pump with a
low heel appropriate for her age along with nylons or for a
younger girl, a ballet style slipper with bobby socks. She would
have been fashionably set in this ensemble and ready to party
the afternoon in style.
School was also a dress-up situation. Cotton dresses
with full skirts and petticoats were the norm along with a low
heeled shoe. Shorts and pants were simply not allowed. Proper
young ladies would have never considered wearing something so
casual to school.
Church was considered a high priority for the right
style. Fancier dresses with lace and a full petticoat skirt,
with white kid gloves along with dress shoes would have been
considered appropriate for this situation.
The nautical look was also in style. Anything with a
sailor flair to it was very popular.
Another popular trend was bare-armed dresses with a
wide skirt and petticoat along with a flat Italian gondolier
Fashion during this era was more than just a
statement it was a way of life. It was flattering with a
conservative flair but also extremely attractive. Who knows
maybe one day in the future it will be considered high fashion
to sport saddle shoes and poodle skirts once again. Let us cross
As the years have shown, the fifties were a memorable
era for fashion and life in general. Most people today given the
chance to go back in time would choose to land in this decade.
It was certainly a high point in our country’s past for fashion