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May 4, 2023

35 Vintage Found Photos Show What People Wore in the 1950s

A few years after World War II ended, the fashion world saw some notable changes. This was a transition period when there were many different ideas and developments. Straight skirts, simple jackets, and vertical lines were everywhere in the 1950s.

There was a pretty substantial divide between men’s and women’s fashion in the 1950s. Men were wearing more casual clothing by the end of the decade, though it seemed like women’s fashion was becoming more formal and fancy. There was a sense of playfulness in fashion for both genders with bold colors and prints.

There were a number of influences that dictated what fashion in the 50s looked like, including 50s music. Rock and roll music was very popular and brought some fun to fashion. Tight-knit sweaters with a V-neck and an unbuttoned dress shirt underneath were worn by men as things became more casual. Denim jeans, a basic white t-shirt, belt, and leather jacket were a very casual look worn by rockers that inspired everyday fashion.

People were making more money in the 50s, and even teens were able to focus more on investing in fun and new items to extend their wardrobe. Freedom and influence led to poodle skirts in the late 1940s that carried over to the 50s.

These vintage photos were found by Mark Susina that show what people wore in the 1950s.


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