1950s day dresses for housewives were known for both their form and function. Thanks to a nostalgia boom, these dresses found new popularity and became available as patterns or in boutique shops, speciality websites and thrift stores.
1950s full-skirted dresses -- cut from seersucker, gingham and cotton florals -- typically were calf length, emphasised the waistline and had matching covered fabric belts. Petticoats worn underneath the dress made it look even fuller.
The sheath dress was fitted and darted. Women could choose sleeveless, cap sleeve or sleeved designs and fabrics that included cotton, wool or Barathea.
One of the most popular 1950s day dresses was the shirtwaist. Attributed to Christian Dior's New Look design of 1947, the shirtwaist dress became one of the most iconic pieces of clothing from this era. Pleating in the skirt made it appear very full. The waistline was nipped or pinched in and the top included rounded shoulders, a collar and buttons from the neckline to the waist.
1950s Day Dresses Today
The popularity of television shows such as "Mad Men" helped create new interest in the styles and fashions of the 1950s. This popularity has made these fashions more accessible to consumers and has taken the day dress from the category of costume to everyday wear. Stores and websites cater specifically to the 1950s fashionista, and Vogue Patterns reissued popular sewing patterns from the era in their Vintage Vogue line so that consumers can recreate their favourite looks.
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