Modern Rockabilly

Modern Rockabilly

Rockabilly, which is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music started in the early 1950’s and was popular until the early 1960’s.  During that time woman’s fashion reflected a complicated mix of conservatism and glamor.  It was comprised of a girl-next-door freshness as well as alluring femininity.  As I studied what was popular from a fashion stand-point, I wanted to provide some history on how the following styles were worn.

Dresses and skirts – Swing dresses and skirts, as some are called were very popular, especially among teenagers.  Dress designers made dresses and skirts full, and the shape of a perfect circle for sitting.  Some people refer to them as “circle dresses.”  The daytime hemline stopped around the knee.
Hats – Wide brimmed hats.  Smaller hats with veils.
Glasses – Became more of a fashion statement.  They featured new designs like the cat’s eye style with flared, pointed edges and frames were typically in different colors.
Jewelry – Classic.  Pearls or faux pearls were the most popular necklace.  Jewelry was understated.  Slim watches and subdued rings, along with conservative and elegant clip-on earrings were worn.
Shoes – High heels had  rounded toes, and were often with peep-toes. Espadrilles became a popular choice for casual comfort.

When the rockabilly trend came back into the fashion scene a few years ago I was absolutely thrilled.  I’ve always been very passionate about vintage styles, and this was no exception.  

Here’s my modern spin rockabilly outfit of the day. 

Blouse:  New York & Company
 Skirt:  kate spade new york (Jenica skirt)  Retail $368.  Not available any longer but found at TJ Maxx clearance for $29 🙂
Bag:  Elaine Turner
Heels: BCBGeneration
Hat:  Vintage
Eyeglasses:  Fendi


Even though the rockabilly era was a narrow window of time, it was an influential look unique to the time era.  It continues to inspire fashion designers and vintage fans, and is here to stay.

Have a blessed rest of the week my darlings!

The Ultimate Fashionista

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