I may be on a temporary sewing hiatus, but I'm certainly not on an inspiration hiatus.
I picked up this June 1955 issue of Harper's Bazaar at the flea market last weekend, where it was selling for just a few dollars more than a current issue would. Despite being nearly 60 years old, this issue is MUCH more inspiring.
While it's easy to romanticize the past and rail against how people dress today, I try to focus on the positive: thank goodness women aren't expected to wear girdles anymore!
I mean, how else could you fit into something like the Lilli Ann suit below?
To say that Fifties styles accentuated tiny waists would be an understatement. (How more rectangular women coped I have no idea; I guess that's what padding was for.)
I don't think many women exhaled back then.
Along with some amazing fashion, this issue also boasts ads for some stunning automobiles!
I like the polished look of Fifties makeup most of all. Plus the fact that none of the models look sullen, porny, or drug-addicted. The ideal was to look sophisticated. Like a grown-up, not a teenager.
You can see more photos from the June 1955 issue of Harper's Bazaarhere.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!