Boys clothes of the 1950s

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Boys clothes of the 1950s
Boys fashion in the 1950s exemplified the wholesomeness of the nuclear family. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

In the 1950s, there was a sense of renewal and optimism in the United States, and this was reflected in almost every aspect of American culture, including fashion. According to the Historical Boys' Clothing website, "The 1950s was in fact the last decade before the mass media succeeded in developing a transatlantic children's style." This meant that each country had its own style; U.S. culture had not yet heavily influenced other countries. U.S. film and music influenced U.S. fashion while British boys donned a more formal fashion.

Welcome Denim

The end of World War II brought in a groundswell of fabricated products. Inventors and manufacturers established new types of products, machinery and fabrics. Denim was one of the most popular materials. Many boys of the era rolled up the legs of their blue jeans to simulate a cuff effect. The rugged and durable texture of denim was a big plus for the moms of the time.

Boys clothes of the 1950s
Denim was new to the era, but quickly became popular. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Popular Jackets

Another well-liked fashion of the 1950s was the button-up jacket. Young boys of the time sported blue denim jackets and brown tweed. According to, "Christian Dior was one of the most influential designers of the post-war decade, and on into the late 1950s." Dior popularised the wool overcoat, a favourite of both boys and girls of the time.

Media Impact

Two of the most popular subsets of 1950s media were television and music, and boys mimicked the styles of their idols in both. Teenagers donned the leather jackets and white T-shirts of James Dean while younger boys liked to emulate the checkered, button-up shirts of TV cowboys such as Roy Rogers.

Boys clothes of the 1950s
Young boys fell in love with the cowboy style found in 1950s TV and movie westerns. (Ralf Nau/Lifesize/Getty Images)


Many new and different types of shoes graced 1950s fashion. Chuck Taylors from Converse became the quintessential 1950s shoes for boys. These black and white basketball shoes were ideal for sports or just playing around the neighbourhood. Sandals were another rage at the time. According to, "Some teens also wore preppy clothes, such as a pair of jeans with a baggy sweater and sandals."

Boys clothes of the 1950s
Converse Chuck Taylors and sandals overtook leather shoes, such as these, in the 1950s. (Thurston Hopkins/Valueline/Getty Images)

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