Trend Report: The 50’s

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While Fall ’09 saw the return of the 80’s, Fall ’10 is all about the 50’s silhouette. While it can come across as costumey if it isn’t your usual look, this is actually an incredibly flattering and traditional feminine style that everyone should try at least once.

Focus Girl

The main part of this look is the focus on the waist. The 50’s style is characterized by the nipped in waists which accentuate or give the appearance of Jessica Rabbit-esque curves.  So make sure that the waist is fitted at your natural waist (above the bellybutton but below the ribcage) and that’s half the look right there.

A Little or A Lot

But that’s not to say that just because you’re wearing a fitted and flared skirt means you need to pull out the kitten heels and pearls. To keep the look from becoming a period costume, pair your 50’s silhouette with modern accessories, such as a pair of converse sneakers or your favorite tee.

Flatter the Figure

If you listen to nothing else, hear this: THIS IS ONE SERIOUSLY FLATTERING TREND. It balances out a large bust, covers a large bum, or even if you’re straight as a rod it will help you fake some va-va-voom.

So my dears, how 50’s will you go?

Just a touch

A little

A little by erind90 featuring a vneck dress

Here’s a nod

Full on 50’s

A lot

A lot by erind90 featuring topshop tops


Erin at Pixel Perfect

Jai From The Fat and Skinny


  1. While I have mixed feelings about shapewear, I do know that it played an important role in the old-school 50 looks and there are much less painful modern equivalents. For instance, for the bust support. long line bras are once again available at some plus size retailers. I’m planning on trying one at some point – it makes total sense in one of those sweater/skirt combos.

  2. yes, i love the 50’s style! its about time to have some slightly more tailored looks, like that skirt…now to start searching the thrift/consignment stores to get myself some authentic 50’s stuff!

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