Although we've learnt that the sun being out doesn't actually make it hot outside, last week’s sunshine and blue skies have definitely got us excited for spring. While we count down the days until we can pack away our winter coats, what better way to celebrate the arrival of sunny weather than to share some of our favourite 1950s inspired spring and summer looks?
The ShirtdressOriginally dubbed ‘shirtwaist dresses’ in the 50s, the shirtdress was introduced as part of Dior’s 1947 New Look, consisting of a full skirt supported by a crinoline. The look trickled its way down into everyday fashion, with more practical cotton and striped versions becoming 50s wardrobe staples.
The Capri Pant
Introduced by Sonja de Lennart in 1948, capri pants rose to popularity in the late 50s and early 60s and were a huge contrast to the wider, masculine trouser styles of previous years. Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly were just some of the stars to adopt the trend. Green, pink and blue were popular colours for the 50s capri pant, making them a perfect Spring/Summer piece. We love Marilyn’s floral pair, pictured below.
The Breton Top
Its ability to practically match everything makes the Breton top the perfect investment piece to pair with fast changing style trends. Introduced as resort-wear fashion by Coco Chanel’s 1917 nautical collection, the Breton stripe was worn by icons such as Audrey Hepburn (below) and Brigitte Bardot, as well as making its way into 50s film costumes in Funny Face (1956) and To Catch a Thief (1955).
The Full Skirt
The shape of this skirt flattered hips, slimmed waistlines and exuded that 50s elegance and femininity. Some skirts were assembled from as much as 4 to 5 yards of fabric gathered or pleated around the waist (phew!). Channel that 50s elegance by investing in a more practical staple midi skirt that will serve you during autumn months as well. For a unique and affordable vintage piece (we adore this Patsy high-waisted skirt, £7) head over to bettyraevintage.com.
Words by Anam Rahim