Blow your Top 50's

Trends from the 50's


The 50's fashion was greatly influenced by World War 2. New more advanced technologies required more moveable, and work clothing. At first Christian Dior tried to recreate the sense of luxury that existed before the war. Dresses and skirts with many layers and bedazzled tops. However the new fashion did not last long. After Dior's attempt at bringing back 40's and 30's fashion didn't go so well designers including Lanvin-Castillo decided to throw the fashion even father back. The "sack" or "chemise" dress was a loose top with a belt fitted around the waist, and a hem going to the calf was from the 20's. Portraying a slightly more laid back idea of expense and luxury. The problem with the sack dress as with many clothes is that it looked wonderful on tall skinny models, but not so on the average house wife of the time. In the 50's a strong need for elegance was introduced producing in mens' fashion narrower pants, tighter fitting waistcoats with color introduced in accents. But then the young men decided to explore the color of clothes a little more, blue, purple, maroon could be seen in the dancing halls. Hair for men which was grown fairly long was greased and brushed back. For women and teen girls in America pony-tail hairdo's with bright colorful ribbon was popular.And the classic pin curls. As well as calf length skirts that covered layers of stiff petticoats to give it a full look. Colors were big in the 50's. 


Baseball was widely popular in the 50's. Its referred to now as Americas past time. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in major league baseball in the modern era.

YOGI BERRA was also a famous baseball player from the 50's. He played almost his entire nineteen year baseball career with the New York Yankees.


Every one has probably seen a photo of a girl on roller skates in a poddle skirt, holding a tray with a favorite past-time meal on it. Well it's true. Diners in the 50's would hire girls to roller skate costumers meals to them. Often sporting dangerously short skirts or shorts and colorful patterns. Although it wasn't really regarded as a sport then I like to think roller skating is a sport.


Classic Pop, R&B, Rock and Roll, Blues, Country Music, and JazzProbably one of the biggest names in music not only in the  50's but also since then is Elvis Presley. Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer/songwriter and actor. He is sometimes referred to as the "king of rock" or more simply put "the king".

Elvis’ iconic stage costumes from 1969-1977, hanged fashion for men in America. The evolution of Elvis' stage wear, made popular in his tours. Inspired by Elvis' great interest in karate, simple wool gabardine suits were engineered with tunic-style tops and long, karate-style belts knotted to one side with the ends dangling from the hip.

Although the cuts of his suits were simple, they were very b

When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.

Elvis Presley

Elvis' life story began when Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.  He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948. Elvis got his musical influences from the country and pop music of his teenage years. In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with Sun Records in Memphis.  By the year 1956, he was an international sensation. With a new sound that helped define the era.  He played in many successful films including Viva Las Vegas, and Jailhouse Rock .


Jake --- Okay.

Even though nobody seems to like him, that guy is "jake" with me.

Out to Lunch --- Same as uncool.

That guy is "out to lunch," I can't stand the way he plays.

Zoot --- Used in the thirties and forties to describe exaggerated clothes, especially a zoot suit.

Look at that cat's "zoot" suit. It's crazy, man.

Bad --- Good.

Thar dude does some "bad" bass playin'.

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