Fashion Of The 1950'S

Fashion And Accessories Of The 1950'S

The End of Rationing and the Beginning of Excess
During World War II and the 1940s, clothing was greatly influenced by rationing and limited quantities of fabrics, threads and needles, so the most popular look was a simple outfit using as little of these much in demand resources as possible. Once World War II and rationing ended, a new availability of different types of fabrics and larger quantities of these fabrics allowed a new type of fashion to bloom during the fifties, especially in the United States. Women's dresses in particular exploded with excess fabric, showing off intricate gatherings, a multitude of pleats, poofy petticoats, and fabulous collars, all made of the best taffeta, nylon, rayon, wool and leather in the brightest and boldest patterns and colors. The 1950's marked the beginning of one of the biggest economic booms in US history and spurred the rise of consumerism and American excess that has defined a lot of our culture in the US and worldwide for the past sixty years. Style Clothing became an important part of culture in the 1950s, with the country going through many societal and cultural changes. It would showcase one's place in society more so than ever before and became a way to express conformity and individual identity. 

These are some of the things you may have seen advertised Below and how much clothes were in the 50's 
Polo Shirts 99 cents New Hampshire 1950
Chino Pants $2.98 New Hampshire 1950
Boys Shoes $4.95 New Hampshire 1950
Nylon Stockings 2 pairs for a dollar New Hampshire 1950
Men's Suits $45.00 Wisconsin 1954
Ladies Full Length Cashmere Coat $59.00 California 1959
Men's All Wool Suits $28.90 Ohio 1957
Square dance Cotton Check Dress $3.29 California 1959
Ladies Sandals $2.95 New Hampshire 1950
Men's Dress Shoes $13.98 Wisconsin 1954
Children's Shoes From $2.95 Wisconsin 1954
Short Spring Coats $9.88 California 1959
Girls Dresses $2.98 Texas 1956
Denim jeans 13 1/2 ounces $2.49 Michigan 1957
Boys shirt $1.10 New Jersey 1956 
Boys Denim Jeans $2.49 Michigan 1958 
Boys winter jacket $7.80 New Jersey 1956 
Leather Jacket $4.88 New Jersey 1956 
Men's shirt $3.99 New Jersey 1956 
Women's handbag $1.32 New Jersey 1956 
Women's skirt $4.95 New Jersey 1956 

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