How much has the 50’s dresses influenced the fashion of today

When it comes to fashion it is easy to look in the shops and think I have seen this before, that’s been done before, isn’t that from the 80’s, I’m sure that’s a 60’s style and cut. There have been so many influences, but one we often forget or do not realise is the 50s style and influence.

Before WWII women wore dresses that covered them up completely, they wore dresses that went from neck to ankle and after the war the materials available were limited, so rather than making one big loose dress they decided on making a wiggle dress, today known as a pencil dress, body con or bandage dress, in actually fact the wiggle dress was the first to show case a woman’s figure and for her to be able to put herself on show without being frowned upon and being looked at as though she was muck and prerogative. The dress was named the wiggle dress because it was tight up and down the female body past the knees, so it made women walk with a wiggle and sway to their hips. Then you have the high waist trousers, before now women where never seen in trousers, they were certainly never seen in skin tight trousers, again over the years we have had high waist jeans, skinny jeans or pipe leg jeans, pedal pushers, and other variations. There are many more examples, like crop tops and wiggle skirts, but now I have to mention the rockabilly dresses, the poodle skirts and how they have influenced what we wear today!

When it comes to rockabilly dresses we think feminine, powerful and flattering, they have influenced wedding dresses, prom dresses, party dresses and cocktail dresses, we have all worn a dress with a petticoat under and rightly so. We want to be confident, happy and attract the right looks when we go out, and by wearing a rockabilly dress you are able to do just that. They are a flattering dress that suit women of all shapes and sizes.

50s dresses have a lot to answer for when it comes to fashion, they have been the influence and the start of beautiful clothing for women for many years, if it wasn’t for things changing in the 40s and 50s who knows where we would be today. Many women all over the world love the whole 50s look and style, it is simply stunning and it represents when women broke through and were seen as individuals and they could hold themselves. 50s dresses changed women and the perception we received back then and today we are thankful as our fashions were generated from this era of dresses and clothing.