Monday, March 29, 2010

The Look of Suits - 1955

Back in the day, most women had at least one good suit in their closet. Spring was the perfect time to buy a new one, as you could wear it for Easter and then continue to use it for years to come. Take a look at these beauties from 1955. Be prepared to drool.

This Zelinka-Matlick suit was featured in an ad for Miron wool, "the best wool you can put on your back". The hat is by Sally Victor and the fur muff by Fredrica.

A Bergdorf Goodman exclusive, this worsted flannel suit came in gray or navy. Sold for $195 in 1955 (about $1577 in today's dollar).

The Cadillac of suit makers, Lilli Ann, offered this one in an unusual blend of silk, mohair, and worsted wool. "Sleeves are pleated for drama...buckles are from Austria, studded with hand-cut turquoise, coral, pale beige, or mauve blue". Sold for $100 in 1955 (about $809 in today's dollar).

Bonwit Teller offered this suit by Monte-Sano in gray tweed or navy Forstmann wool. It has s shorter double-breasted jacket over a fullish skirt. Jacques Tiffeau was the designer at Monte-Sano at this time, so this is one of his suits. Sold for $235 in 1955 (about $1900 in today's dollar).

Oleg Cassini started designing under his own label in the early 1950s. He always did sexy, even in a simple suit. Va voom!

At Couture Allure, we love vintage suits, and always try to have a nice selection available for you. For spring, I love this 1950s tropical weight gray wool suit by Handmacher. It has sweet smiley pockets and the sleeves can be worn cuffed or not.


FairyFiligree said...

My mother used to have a brown jersey 'suit' with large brown buttons, grey paisley design on the collar and a cropped sleevless wool vest in the same grey paisley. She always looked ravishing in it. I've still got the vest & wear it when the weather is right. Nice memories..... love these suits - my, my, so very elegant.

Gladys said...

I am getting red X's on the middle two suits. I love vintage suits. I have a tea to go to next month and it's Chanel Style attire. WTH do I wear?

Louise said...

I love vintage suits! Such an easy way to look great, and these suits here are incredible- makes me wish more women dressed like this now.

George F said...

My mother was a fashion executive in the 1950s before I was born. There are many photos, clippings and magazine pictures of her in suits just like these. Love the look.

Vix said...

You're trying to kill me with that Lilli Ann, aren't you? Those sleeves are amazing.

I actually love suit #1 as well, but then I'm partial to my straight-skirted dove grey suit.

[And I have the jacket to a great 50s grey suit, but the silhouette is wrong for me and I can't find anyone to take it sits in my closet. I need to work more at finding it a good home!]

Anonymous said...

this was my mom's wedding 'going away' suit ! she wore it with the navy/ostrich feather hat you have pictured above.. I still have the hat !

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