“Often during the ’50s, teenagers were rebelling from the styles of their parents, and they would wear jeans called dungarees or longer shorts similar to capris that would create a sailor-type look. Shorts would often feature tapered legs that would show off the hourglass figures that were common for women of this period. ”

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 Hems for the hips were cinched all the while the hourglass shape was highlighted. Girdles, heels and gloves were common at the time. Petty coats, Peter Pan collars, and pleated skirts are symbols synonymous symbols with the fifties.

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Menswear ranged from the preferred conservative-cardigan types, the working class man, then the greaser rejects we so famously know now from movies and Halloween costumes.



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“By the end of the 1950’s one in six working Americans was employed in the automobile industry.”

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Pastel shades were very popular.  Space Age details like  large tail-fins, chrome, and a futuristic appeal came into the designs of this decade.


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Ranch style homes were now a common layout for Americans at the time. Pastels, stylish appliances, and well designed functionality was the undercurrent for every 50s style home.

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FLORALS! Frilly curtains. Curved accents. Metallic hardware on practical appliances. Wood paneling. Vinyl furniture. Colorful linoleum.


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“Pastel colors that were particularly popular were pink, turquoise, mint green, pale yellow and blue. Modern colors were clean and bright and included vibrant yellow, electric blue, orange, red, black and white.”




Lucille Ball

“On October 15, 1951, I Love Lucy made its debut, and to the television viewing audience across the country it was immediately apparent this was a sitcom like no other. Ball was a perfectionist. It was routine for the actress to spend hours rehearsing her antics and facial expressions.”

James Dean

Dean’s starring role in Rebel Without a Cause made him into the symbol of the generation. In early 1955, Dean was killed in a car crash, quickly an icon whose legacy has surpassed his century.


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