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By: Alice Murphy

 1950s women

A perfect 1950s housewife

1950s was an iconic decade in women's fashion. Full skirts worn by perfect housewives and poodle skirts and saddle shows worn by teens is the stereotypical 1950s view. The iconic swing dress, with a full skirt and petticoat was very popular during the decade. Cardigan sweaters were becoming increasingly popular. Simple pearls and earrings were worn by housewives when out of the house. Sheath dresses were worn by professional women when going out and were more practical than he swing dress. Patterns such as polka dots, gingham, pastels and sailor themes were making a comeback. In the later parts of the decade pants were worn


Casual men's dress

Leisurewear for men became very popular in the 1950s. Men would dress in three piece suits for business in the morning and quickly change once they returned home into more comfortable clothing. For labor workers in a uniform, many employment offices now had lockers so men could change into street clothes before heading home. On the weekends, men wore casual clothing fit for whatever task they had: lounge clothes for at home, sport clothes for playing or viewing sporting events and swim clothes for the beach.