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.
Skirt: kate spade new york (Jenica skirt) Retail $368. Not available any longer but found at TJ Maxx clearance for $29 🙂
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