What they Wore – The 1950’s Housewife

What they Wore – The 1950’s Housewife

The 1950s housewife style

With their sweet as candy day dresses, and perfectly coiffured hair these babes certainly knew how to welcome their husbands back home. Now, I know that these days many households have a different dynamic, with both partners working, but you can still channel the 1950’s housewife style into your daily look. I am not advocating that the repression of women comes back into style, but the choice to stay at home or go out to work is important these days. The style is what I am focusing on today.


The most popular style of dress has to be the button-down shirt waist dress. With full skirts, and a nipped in waist, it often has sleeves and a modest high neckline they were often in fun prints such as gingham, floral, stripes and plaid all featured heavily depending on the season. You could also buy yourself a cute “day dress” in cotton or poly cotton in a simple style. The length of your dress should be mid-calf or just below the knee.

1950's housewife style

Additional Accessories

Accessories are all too important for getting a genuine look and for completing your desired style. I have several cute half aprons, in gingham and polka dots. All can be found in charity shops, thrift stores and sometimes you get lucky on Ebay. You can even try making your own, I may even post a tutorial on how to do this at some point. Look out for trimmings such as lace or broderie anglaise and you’ll be well away.

1950's housewife style

And of course, standard 1950’s details and accessories will pull everything together. Think pearls, a pretty brooch and a headscarf to keep your hair out of your face and looking cute. Flat shoes are a must for the practical 1950’s housewife.

1950's housewife style


For your hair, cute styles with curls (as always) are in. You could try an up-do with a chiffon scarf, or soft waves framing the face. You could also try a simple up-do such as victory rolls or a gibson tuck.

1950's housewife style

With it’s casual and fun approach to style and fabrics, it’s a perfect look for you everyday and a nice way to dip your toe into vintage fashion.

So, with some cute dresses, pearls and a pinny, you can easily get the 1950’s housewife style perfected.

I hope this has inspired you all as much as it has inspired me. I really must make myself some cute dresses and aprons.  You can also get more inspiration with some of my other articles on Teddy Girls and Preppy looks. 

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