The Fabulous ’50s | Fashion Flashback

Who’s up for some time traveling? 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.

Up first: the fabulous 1950s!


With the help of an August 1956 Redbook magazine, I was transported back to a simpler time to when I Love Lucy ruled the airwaves and iPhones weren’t even a possibility.

This is maybe not the most fashion-forward magazine but it seemed better than the stack of Reader’s Digest back issues I own.

Among the pages were colorful ads and less-than-appealing recipes. Of all things, I was inspired by a page selling clothing for young girls. I love that they’re referred to as “young adults”. It just sounds so classy, right?

August 1956 "Redbook" magazine | The magazine for young adults.

As with a lot of the fashions I found in the ’50s, the clothes all had a certain prim & proper feeling. There’s a reason you remember Leave It To Beaver being so wholesome – it was!

The girls in this ad look so cute in their tartan dress, white socks, and buckled flats. I tried my best to recreate an outfit with a similar feeling.. but for an adult, of course.

I was led to this plaid dress from my closet – that Kristina previously borrowed for a Shaped By Style post – and added the details from there. A beret like the one pictured, a blue sweater, and a small structured purse that was barely big enough for my tube of red lipstick.

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I am in love with this outfit! I have a feeling I’m going to use the word “love” to describe a lot of my outfits this month. Time travel tends to do that to a girl!

It’s funny how a throwback fashion challenge was what it took for me to find & assemble all of these pieces from my closet. They just seem to fit together so effortlessly!

Speaking of effortless, my next outfit post on Friday will take a bit more elbow grease as I try to replicate a grownup take on the 1950’s as inspired by a movie. I can’t wait to show you!

Thrifted plaid dress and beret, $2 total
Gifted cardigan and purse
Swapped polka dot tights
Wal-Mart flats, $6
Vintage pearl necklace, family heirloom
Lipstick is Matte Viva Glam 1 A71 by MAC