Capri & Cardigan Looks From the '50s

Cardigans were a wardrobe staple in the '50s.
Cardigans were a wardrobe staple in the '50s. (Image: George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Channel the tailored look of Audrey Hepburn, circa 1950s, with a cardigan and Capri pant outfit. The cardigan, which was a staple of the '50s, was typically worn over a matching blouse, tied around the neck or tied around the waist. It was a transition piece for women to wear outside in case the weather turned cool.

The Glamorous Outfit

Cashmere was a hot commodity during the '50s because of the luxurious feel and soft fibers from the fabric. Women purchased cardigans in this material in every color if their budget allowed. Recreate the soft, elegant look of the cashmere cardigan by either purchasing a cashmere cardigan or a cardigan made with lamb’s wool. The cardigan was worn with a shirt or blouse, so purchase a soft silk top that complements that cardigan color to layer underneath. Wear a pair of black or khaki Capris and wedge sandals to complete the look.

The Twin Set Outfit

Twin sets were another classic cardigan and tank combination worn with Capri pants in the '50s. Brighten up your look with a colorful pair of Capris in a pink or blue shade with a white or black twin set. Twin sets were typically made of a cotton blend material and found in a variety of shades. They could be purchased with a ribbed texture or a smooth, soft texture. The cardigan and a matching tank or short-sleeved pullover were typically sold together. Pair the outfit with pearls and a kitten-heel shoe for a complete outfit.

The Nautical Outfit

Bring out your nautical side with a casual '50s outfit. Purchase cherry-red Capri pants in a cotton-spandex fabric so the pants fit snugly. Pair the red Capris with a black-and-white striped tank or blouse and a solid black cardigan. Tie the cardigan around your shoulders by wrapping the arms of the cardigan around your neck loosely and letting the torso of the cardigan drape down your back. Pair the outfit with oversized sunglasses and red or black wedge sandals.

The Casual Girl Outfit

The super casual '50s gal was partial to form-fitting Capris and long cardigans. Pair a set of Capri leggings with a tank or blouse in a floral design or geometric pattern. Wear a long cardigan, one that will reach to your upper thigh, over the patterned top. Let the cardigan hang open and wrap a wide or narrow belt around it on your hips. Tie a small scarf around your neck and pair the outfit with sandals.

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