1950s spring style is one of my favourites, pretty pastels, beautiful florals and rain macs are a great way to stay warm and stylish. All of a sudden it seems that the world has awoken from its winter slumber and spring is here. And I love it! It’s always difficult for me to decide what to wear in Springtime, mainly because the threat of rain is always on the horizon here in the UK.
I thought I would share some vintage spring style inspiration for you all, to get everyone ready for a chic and stylish Spring.
1950s Spring Style – Outerwear
First up, I’m tackling the rain issue. I love the fact that these plastic raincoats are see through, so my wonderful outfit wouldn’t be covered. I’m not too sure about the shoe covers though.
I found a UK company that make these in a variety of colours, shapes and added extras. You can order pre-made ones or have a custom design. They aren’t too pricey, and I’ll be getting one once I’ve decided what one I want. Check out elements rainwear and see what you think.
Another common coat style in the 1950s was the swing coat. This was usually made to match the fabric of the dress and provided an extra layer of warmth on those blustery spring days. I quite like the nifty look of a dress and coat lining matching, this way a lovely floral pattern won’t be too overwhelming.
For outfits, I think that thin layers are the way forward. That way if it’s sunny you can take some things off saving you from a tropical moment.
1950s Spring Style – Dresses
Obviously pastels are always a winner for spring, along with floral patterns. I really do think that it’s lovely to mimic your surroundings for the season, and as the best thing about spring is brighter days and the flowers blooming I think that you’re always on to a winner with these.
In the above picture, any of these beautiful dresses could also carry over into summer, you just wouldn’t wear a cardigan or coat with them.
1950s Spring Style – Knitwear
These wonderfully light and thin knits would be ideal for pairing with a skirt just in case the day goes a little chilly. I can’t decide which one I adore the most. Sweaters were a common way to add some layers in the 1950s and the decade was the birth of the infamous “Sweater Girls”, started when Lana Turner in They Won’t Forget in 1937 wore a tightly clinging jumper with a bullet bra underneath. And they didn’t forget either. The more people complained, the more celebrated Lana and this look became. Marylin Monroe was one of the starlets that picked the mantel up for this trend. And where she went, others followed.
Sweater dresses were a variation on this look. Clinging to every curve from the neck to the knee they were a popular way to look sensual and to turn heads wherever you went.
It wasn’t just the sexpots that wore knits in the 1950s. Twinsets and and embellished sweaters were the choice of the elegant. Grace Kelly was often photographed in a twinset with pearls so every aspiring Princess copied. Both the tight sweaters and more graceful knitwear could easily be incorporated into your Spring wardrobe. Pair them with slim trousers or a circle skirt depending on what look you’re emulating.
1950s Spring Style – Footwear
Footwear as always would usually be heels, but for day to day looks flat ballet pumps would be great too. I usually pick out a pattern or colour in my outfit to match my shoes to. The 1950s were a time where wearing a complete outfit in one colour was chic and stylish. I must admit I do love the co-ordinated look myself. Plus, it gives me a chance to buy more shoes!
Personally I would wear heels with shorts or skirts and the flats with capris or slim cigarette pants. You of course, can wear what you prefer 😉
I’ve recently purchased some gingham shoes which perfectly match my gingham skirt, which oddly makes me happy. I love the vintage spring style, are you going to give this a go?
So there you have it, I’ll be adding to my Vintage spring style board on Pinterest as I go, so for more ideas on what to wear this spring, why not give my board a follow?
For more vintage style inspiration, why not check out my Get the Look section? You can get the look of your favourite screen starlets, cult characters and learn what people wore.
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