Are you fascinated by the fifties? Bowled over by Bettie Page? Ridiculously rock’n’roll? Then how about adapting your wardrobe to fit your fetish? This post is all about creating a 1950’s look on a budget. (Click all images for original source.)
Both of these leading ladies have charm and style in bucket loads, and although you don't have to be quite as racy (ooer!) you can achieve a similarly sassy look easily.
The beginning of the 50’s were all about wholesome prints; gingham, polka dot, and often a cute little poodle on the skirt (though you might look a little too ‘in costume’ if you go down that route…)
Dress from Bally Hoo Vintage
Dress from Daddy O's
Later in the decade, the full skirt transformed into the sexier, more streamlined style of a pencil skirt. As you can see, bold red, navy and white are popular colour choices when rocking this look.
Dress from Natasha Bailie
If you’re hoping for fifties style on a budget, then there are a few key pieces you’ll want to snap up that will hopefully work with other items in your wardrobe. Here are a few examples:
1. Cheap polo shirts are great for that casual look.
2. A simple scarf can be used as a neck tie or fifties-style headband.
3. Cropped cardigans are also perfectly practical with the overall look.
4. A cute satchel is a wholesome complement to any fifties ensemble.
5. A waist belt is a great way to accentuate the fifties silhouette.
6. A full skirt or full skirted dress in your favourite print or colour.
7. A versatile pencil skirt that will work seamlessly with other pieces.
[All pieces shown are budget friendly options. Check out where to buy here.]
More Staple Suggestions:
♥ Tight, cropped jeans or ‘pedal pushers’ as I’ve always called them.
♥ Capped sleeve check shirts tied in a bow at the waist with…
♥ ...Anything high waist!
♥ As far as shoes are concerned, casual white daps, peep-toe wedges and lace up Mary Jane’s all work.
Authentic hair is the single best way to evoke the 1950’s – and you can do that for free!
♥ Casey gives an awesome tutorial here.
♥ Iris is also a gem for the pin-up look.
♥ And Rascal Kosher provides inspiration and cute flower pins!The Shopping Hot Spots
Dress by Modcloth
♥ Modcloth do a great modern twist on the 1950’s.
♥ Rokit provide awesome vintage pieces.
♥ And Tara Starlet may be a little bit on the pricey side, but surely worth the investment?
Skirt by Tara Starlet
♥ Check out The Wonderful 1950’s.
♥ Gasp and adore The Freelancer’s Fashion Blog.
♥ Cry Baby is just one film with a fantastic 1950's aesthetic, I wrote about it a while back here in Girls on Film.