The 50’s Capsule

Happy Sunday guys and gals!

I hope your week has been as inspired as mine has.

This week has been full of brainstorming, researching, and shopping for the 50’s Capsule. I spent some time listening to awesome music, watching the best movies, surfing the web, browsing Pinterest, and speaking to a lovely primary source, my very own grandma.

What I was surprised to find about 50’s fashion was how many core trends are still fashionable today and how many I actually already had in my current capsule wardrobe (vintage little me).

The iconic 50’s staples I saw and learned about were:

The full or “swing” skirt – This was possibly the defining piece of the 50’s. Women of the era embraced femininity to the fullest and would could do that better than a flowing, flirty piece like this.

The pencil skirt – Though never to be worn by young girls, the pencil skirt gave a more seductive air to a woman’s look. Hugging curves in all the right places, this piece would create an hourglass shape which was sure to turn heads. Always in the best of taste, of course…

The cardigan – The cardigan was a valuable accessory that was used to complete a look and preserve modesty.

The button down – Whether plain white or popular gingham print, the button down was a versatile wardrobe staple to be worn with a swing skirt, a pencil skirt, or a crisp pair of pants. It was commonly buttoned all the way up for a clean-cut look or slightly un-buttoned for a more casual vibe.

The cinched waist – Skirts, dresses, and pants alike, almost every look of this era featured the waist as the main attraction, typically accented by a statement belt.

The slim, tapered pant – Who could forget the ankle skimming cigarette pant that, let’s face it, we all still live in today.

The detailed collar – Tops and blouses featured a variety of necklines and collars, like the Peter Pan collar, the halter, the crew neck, the boat neck, I could go on. This small detail would add a unique and fashionable touch to each ensemble and draw attention to the elegance of the neck. Short, silky scarves were also a trendy accessory.

The ballet flat – Simple and feminine, the ballet flat was a comfortable and stylish basic.

The kitten heel – While stilettos were all the rage, especially for a bombshell look, the kitten heel was a more demure way to achieve a polished look.

Stay tuned to see how I’ve embraced these trends with my fully modern pieces and how I’m crafting the 50’s Capsule Playlist. Here it is so far, enjoy!

My sources:

A simple @Pinterest search of “50’s fashion”


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