with Susan Wagner
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One of my current obsessions is the television show Mad Men - have you seen it? Oh, it’s fantastic. Forget the story line (although it’s wonderful), the set design and costumes alone should have you tuning in on a weekly basis.
You see, the show takes place in New York City in the early 1960s. The glorious fashion era of the 1950-60s. Pencil skirts, swing skirts, perfect hairstyles, pearls, gloves…acting and looking “every inch the lady” was taught virtually from the cradle. Watching the show, I would find myself slack-jawed over Joan Holloway’s ensembles every week.
It seems the two most popular skirt and/or dress styles in the 1950s were the full skirt and the pencil skirt.
The full (or “swing”) skirt had many styles, with most memorable being the poodle skirt. The full volume of the swing skirt always accented the waist - in fact, making it look teeny tiny.
The pencil skirt’s slender style helped women attain a sexy hourglass body shape. This type of dress or skirt was not worn by young girls or teens because it was considered way too provocative. (Oohlala!)
I have noticed many dresses these season emulating these two silhouettes, and as you know, the holiday cocktail party season is upon us. Why not pay homage to the fabulous 1950s by wearing one of these retro-inspired dresses?
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