Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Party Fashion à la 1959

Reader Monique wrote with this question:

"In April of next year I will be celebrating my 50th birthday. I am
planning to do a fabulous 50's theme...I do NOT want it to turn into a
costume party. I really want to inspire my guests (as well as myself) to
dress in the most stylish 50's fashion. Can you please share with me me any suggestions for styles in the late 50's??"

I sure can, Monique! First of all, Happy Birthday! I pulled out a few issues of Glamour magazine from 1959 and found some great party styles for you. But first, lets talk about what NOT to wear. No poodle skirts or saddle shoes! That style, which has become a costume cliche, would have been worn earlier in the 50's and by teenagers to the high school sock hop.

What TO wear? A glamourous full skirted dress in an evening fabric will do. Here are pictures of several styles in brocade, chiffon, satin, and taffeta. Colors are clear and bright, black, white, or metallic brocades.

A skirt with a bit less flair, or a fitted sheath also works. A fitted dress should be jazzed up with lots of jewelry.

Beaded sweaters or cropped jackets, sometimes with fur trim, can be worn over the dress if it is a cool evening. Swing coats and fur stoles are also appropriate.

Lots of sparkly rhinestone jewelry shows up, in necklaces, brooches, and earrings.

Shoes should be spike heels with pointed toes.

Gloves can be worn, if desired. They can be short or long, but are usually white.

In makeup, you'll find a strong defined brow line, black eyeliner and heavy mascara, and a strong lip color. Hair is either pulled back tight to the head with a chignon, or teased high with a flip at the ends.

I hope that helps, Monique, and have a fun party!


Penny said...

all of those images are so inspiring. you are so lucky to have those old magazines!!

ambika said...

Ooo, I love all of these suggestions and am already thinking I should have done this for my own decade birthday party this past summer...

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Penny - They are a lot of fun and a valuable learning tool, too!

Ambika - What a good reason to have another party! Decade + 1.

La Belette Rouge said...

Makes me wish it was 1959. Well, we can party like it is.;-)

Glamoursurf said...

I soooo want that Pink Jacket!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

La Belette - I often watched my mom get dressed up like this to go out with my dad. I always loved her clothes.

Glamour - That's actually a pink beaded sweater - even better, right?

Millie Motts said...

Beautiful! Wish they still had such tastefully glamorous clothes. If only...

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Fab advice!! I want to throw a 50s party now too.

arielle said...

I love the dresses on the very top!! So lovely!

Footcandy said...

Thank you so very much for the fabulous inspiration. You have channeled exactly what I was thinking!! I was definitely born in a great fashion era.

I'll send you photos from the party. Hopefully I will make you proud.

Wish you all could come! Bravo Couture Allure Vintage Fashion!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I'm so glad I could help! Have a great time!

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