Inspired By The 1950’s | Fashion Flashback

For the entire month of March, I’m going decade diving and interpreting the fashions of yesteryear by means of magazines, movies, and pop culture of the time. Join me as I visit the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and end the month in the ’80s.

Today lets talk: grownup 1950s fashion.


When researching films of the 1950’s, I stumbled upon both Funny Face (with Audrey Hepburn) and Designing Woman (starring Lauren Bacall).

Both movies were equally inspiring sartorially-wise, I ending up enjoying the mysterious storyline of Designing Woman much more. Sorry, Audrey Hepburn, you don’t win this time!

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My outfit was a combination of both movies and, full disclosure, I don’t love it. Well, the outfit itself is so pretty and seasonally appropriate, but I just don’t think it does the ’50s justice.

I really had to stretch my closet to find anything that remotely fit the visions that filled my head after watching the movies.

From my point of view, the ’50s was about garments that enhanced your shape, color coordinated sets, and looking perfectly polished. I tried my best to match the silhouette that was seen in Designing Woman and then added the infamous pink color from the opening of Funny Face… and a Kodak camera for good measure.

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What I’m getting at is that if I went to a warehouse full of vintage garments, this is not what I would pull for a ’50s look. (Also, if such a place exists, please point me in it’s direction!!)

But I did my best and thank God for these true vintage gloves that recently came into my possession. One of my brothers cleaned out over 100 years of hoard from his grandma’s house (different grandma’s, big family, long story) and has left it up to my mom and I to sort through. While no clothes were in the hoard, a few gems like these gloves and some other random 1980s bits (as seen on my Instagram) were found by me.

This time travelling has been fun and I’m only getting started. Next week on the blog is going to be oodles of 1960s goodness. See you then!

outfit-details-02Thrifted top, skirt, coat, camera, and clutch, about $4 total
Family heirloom pink vintage gloves
Beige outlet store t-strap heels, $10
Sparkling Warm Rose lipstick by Avon


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  • Anna Martin

    So perfect. <3 That collar slays me! Beautiful ensemble!

    – Anna

  • Rūta

    You look so pretty Hannah! I’ve never seen the other movie you mention, but Funny Face is a great one.

    • Agreed! As soon as I saw the opening scene of Funny Face, I was like “Why have I never watched this before??”. The fashion is seriously to die for! I’m not a fan of musicals but the visuals outweighed the singing. 🙂

  • I think you’re crazy. This totally makes me think of the 50s!!! Maybe because it’s just so feminine and everything i ever dream of in an outfit. Also, WHAT COLOR ARE THOSE TIGHTS?!? I must have them. Also, if my hands weren’t so gimongous, I’d be searching for vintage cloves all day every day. So gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job!!

    • Thank you! I just keep thinking about the “improper” length of the skirt. Apparently showing knee back then was frowned upon. I know I know.. it’s a weird thing to get hung up on. 😛

      The tights are just a pair I picked up from Wal-Mart. They’re “beige” or “nude” or something. They’re NOT nylons though, they are actual tights. I just feel like I should make that distinction because Hannah Rupp does not wear nylons. lol

  • Janelle LilBit Branch

    I love it! Those shoes make your calves look awesome!!!

    • What a great perk of wearing heels. 😉 Thank you, Janelle!

  • Those gloves are BEAUTIFUL!!

    • Thank you! I don’t know much about vintage gloves but they sure feel special to me. 🙂

  • Those gloves are lovely, what a great piece to have. It was kind of your brother to let you have some of his grandmother’s things 🙂

    Even if you didn’t like this outfit very much I love the pastel colours in it! 🙂

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