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Rock a Poodle Skirt All Year Long

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:10:00 AM America/Denver

 

A poodle skirt is always an excellent choice for Halloween or a Sock Hop, but have you ever considered wearing one at other times of the year? In the 1950s the poodle skirt was a part of everyday fashion, and with a few quick changes you can rock one any day of the year!

  • ~Dress up your poodle skirt by pairing it with a blouse. You'll be surprised at how a row of buttons can change the look of your outfit. 
  • ~Trade your bobby socks and saddle shoes for vintage nylons and heels. 
  • ~Instead of tying a scarf around your neck, wear a vintage necklace or brooch. 
  • ~Accessorize with bracelets and add glamour to your arms. Depending on the occaision, you may even consider wearing a pair of gloves! 
  • ~An easy way to change the look of your poodle skirt is to change up your cinch belt. You'll find a wide variety of different styles available online, from sleek and sophisticated black belts, to colorful belts that are covered in jewels. 
  • ~A cardigan will add instant class to your poodle skirt, and you can wear it over any top. If you are really looking to coordinate your ensemble, consider a sweater set. 
  • ~When styling your hair, think beyond the ponytail and poodle skirt combination and try a more elegant vintage hairstyle.
  • ~Don't forget the importance of the pettiskirt! A crinoline slip will add just the right bit of "oomph" to your skirt, and help it evolve from a costume into a coordinated outfit.
Posted in Style By Heather Leister

The Little Black Dress

Monday, June 8, 2015 9:30:00 AM America/Denver

When Coco Chanel introduced the first “Little Black Dress” in 1926, it created quite a stir in women’s fashion. Here was a simple, sophisticated, look that could be worn without a corset. The style was a hit and Little Black Dresses became an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe.

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Posted in Style By Heather Leister

Cinch Belts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:19:37 AM America/Denver

Forget the diamonds! With its ability to take inches off her waist while giving her an impeccable,tailored look, the cinch belt was a girl’s best friend in the 1950s!


Cinch belts did not begin as an accessory for women but were first worn by Eastern European soldiers in the late 1800s. The men used the belts to shrink their waists and improve the look of their stature. Believe it or not, some didn’t stop with a cinch belt, but also wore corsets to achieve a more imposing, powerful look!



Elastic cinch belts for women were introduced in the 1950s and they were soon popular accessory. Full, circle skirts were a favorite style at that time, thanks to their ability to hide your hips and make your waist appear smaller. Designers found that when you combined a wide cinch belt with a full skirt, a woman’s waistline looked even tinier. The belts were also popular for their practical uses. The wide elastic was useful for keeping blouses tucked in and skirts from bunching up. Women could put on a cinch belt and instantly have a svelte, polished look that would last the entire day.
 A cinch belt was a key part of a woman’s wardrobe in the 1950s and could be used with a variety of outfits. The same holds true today and whether it's an evening gown or a poodle skirt, the cinch belt will add the perfect finishing touch to a vintage outfit!

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We make it a cinch to find the perfect belt for your poodle skirt or vintage dress! Take a look at our collection of cinch belts here.

 

Posted in Style By Heather Leister

Vintage Dresses, Petticoats and Perfection!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:59:30 AM America/Denver

There are dresses and then there are Dresses. The ones that brighten our mood and boost our confidence the minute we slip them on. Dresses that collect compliments. Dresses that we choose to wear time and time again. What is it that makes a dress, a Dress? Often it’s the extra touches, the small details, that make these dresses our favorites.

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Posted in Style By Heather Leister

Poodle Skirt Applique

Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:05:17 PM America/Denver

Much of the poodle skirt's charm came from the unique applique that adorned them. Designers used their creativity to capture the spirit and feeling of the 1950's in the classic charm of the poodle skirt applique.

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Posted in Style By Heather Leister

Find Us Online

Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:53:44 PM America/Denver

Did you know that you can find our poodle skirts, sweaters, and other fabulous 50’s attire at additional locations on the web? There are several online retail locations that host a Hip Hop 50’s Shop and each offers a unique shopping experience. With all of these options we know that you are going to find exactly what you want, how you want it.Read More
Posted By Heather Leister

Foundation Garments

Monday, April 6, 2015 11:52:23 PM America/Denver

After the end of World War II women's fashion took a glamorous turn. Whether it was an evening out or a trip to the grocery store, after years of practicality, women were ready to dress up and celebrate their feminity.


One of the most popular looks for the 1950's featured a full skirt, tiny waist and an emphasis on womanly curves. It was a look that showcased what was then seen as the ideal female body.


This ideal body was described with these words:


The largest part of the bust should equal the largest part of the hips and the waist should be ten inches smaller than either. 


An example of this ideal would be Marilyn Monroe's body measurements: 36-22-36, numbers that made her a perfect hourglass shape!


Most women needed help in order to achieve this type of measurement, and they found that in a secret weapon - foundation garments. Using girdles, corsettes and bustierres, the 1950's woman could smooth, cinch and boost her body into her desired fashion sihouette. The right lingerie had the ability to help a woman achieve that elusive 10" difference between bust, waist and hips, making these garments an essential part of every woman's wardrobe.                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Posted in Style By Heather Leister

Friday in the Fifties

Friday, April 3, 2015 8:30:00 AM America/Denver

This commercial from the 1950's uses an egg to demonstrate the strength of Band-Aid's "super-stick". If you're planning to dye Easter eggs over the weekend then this clip may convince you that you simply must have a box of Band-Aids before you boil a single egg!

Posted in Videos By Heather Leister

History of the Poodle Skirt

Monday, March 30, 2015 8:30:00 AM America/Denver

Juli Lynne CharlotIt’s one of the most iconic symbols of the 1950’s, but how much do you know about the history of the poodle skirt? Like a character from a classic story, the poodle skirt came from humble beginnings. In 1947, a young woman named Juli LynneCharlot needed a new skirt for the holiday season. Juli Lynne was a performer who would often design her own stage outfits, but this year she found herself a newlywed on a very tight income. In spite of her limited funds, Juli Lynne was determined to have her new skirt and decided that the solution was to make one for herself. There was only one problem, she could design clothing but she could not sew.

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Posted in History By Heather Leister

Dreams come true in 1955

Monday, December 1, 2014 10:24:29 PM America/Denver

It’s July 17th 1955, the kids are in the backseat excited as could be. For many years it’s been only a dream, a large and unbelievable dream. Disneyland hasn’t officially been opened to the public yet but you have an invitation from Walt Disney himself! Or do you? Rumors have filled the news stands that thousands of fake tickets have been sent out, but yours couldn’t be, it’s too official. Tickets cost a dollar, but you pay the price for you and your family. You step inside and the world outside vanishes. The streets are clean and inviting, the little light is on in the firehouse. What in the world could that mean? No matters there is so much to do and so little time! The heat is terrible but your kids have too much to see. Not too soon after the heat starts your shoes begin to stick to the recently laid asphalt. Given time the food and drinks the park offers have run out. Far too many people have shown up, 28,000 to be exact. The park had only planned on 6,000. Boarding the Mark Twain river boat in hopes of landing on Pirate Island, you soon find yourself grabbing your kids and holding to the rails as they try to stabilize the boat. Vowing never to board the darn thing again you head to the bumper cars, what could go wrong there? Slowly one by one cars are pulled off. By the end of the day only a few of the cars remain working. Sections of the park are closed off due to gas leaks but that doesn't stop your family from exploring as much as you can. The day is far from what Mr Walt Disney had planned and people begin speaking of the closing of the newly opened park. Struggling to push forward Disney studios keeps paying for the 160 acre park in hopes that it will pick up. It seems opening day doesn’t stop thousands of people from coming in. Within weeks the park is a huge success and you are one of the lucky few who can say you were there opening day.
Posted By Heidi Rosier
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