The acceptable fashion for girls of the 1950s consisted of dresses; no girls wore trousers when they were out. The dresses were long, usually past the knee. Trousers, which would be today's jeans, were considered causal clothing and were worn only inside the house.
Poodle skirts were popular with girls in the 1950s. They were long, swing skirts that had a poodle sewn on to the fabric. They fell to about the ankle and were often worn with flat, black and white or canvas sneakers. Fifties Web says that these skirts were adorned with other designs, but the poodle became the most remembered.
Jumpers appear like dresses on the bottom with a long, flair skirt, but the top is connected and more open than a shirt. Girls would change the look of their jumpers by changing the blouse or shirt underneath. These outfits were also worn with flat shoes. Fifties Web mentions that the sailor look was a popular design for jumpers, and the predominant colours were navy blue, red and white.
All Dressed Up
Fancy dresses were long and full of body. They were often cinched at the waist to show a feminine figure, but not too sexy. Many girls or young women would wear gloves, usually white to show innocence, with their fluffy princess style dresses. If not sleeveless, they had a puffy, short-sleeve style.
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