How to Create a '50s Costume for Women

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When creating a '50s style costume for women, items should include hats, slips and full skirts. Make a 1950s style costume for women with tips from a fashion specialist in this free video on style advice.

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Hi, my name is Rachel, and I'm a freelance fashion journalist, and the owner of AustinStyleWatch.com, street fashion site,and I'm going to talk with you a little bit today, about how to put together a 50's costume for women. Now, we all know the classic 50's outfit. We see a lot of costumes at Halloween time, with the poodle skirt. We're going to kind of diverge a little bit away from that,and do something a little less costumey, and a little more authentic, but nonetheless, something you can really put together in any place in America, so the first thing we're going to start with, and it's very classic 50's, is hats. You're going to see this in a lot of old movies. It's a really classic 50's look and it's a little different from the normal kind of stuff you're going to see, with the ponytail and the bobby sox, but hats are a classic. You'll see them in everywhere from Hitchcock movies, anything, so hats, you're going to go for stuff like the pillbox, or what you might also call, fascinaters. They're usually the kind of small hats that fit back here on the head. You can find these on eBay really easily, a lot of vintage shops, and flea markets are a great place to look. The next thing we're going to look at, slips. Slips are something that have fallen by the wayside, in modern women's dress, but if you're going to be wearing a dress, that's going to kind of have a fullness to it, or is going to be sheer at all. A slip, or something to make your dress a little bit fuller, like a crinoline or something like that, is going to kind of lift up the skirt,and it's what gives that extra kick, when you see 50's girls dancing, and their skirts come out real full and wide, so when you're thinking of you costume, think about old timey undergarments, as well as what's on the outside, because the undergarments are what give the outfit the shape, of the era,and the next thing we're going to look at, is 50's style dresses. Now, this isn't a poodle skirt, but it's also got the same kind of cut to the skirt, as the poodle skirt, that's real full and wide, so that when you're dancing, you're going to get that same kind of wide, full look, which usually is the kind of thing you're going to in 50's wear, is going to be something like a sock hop, so look for something with a natural waistline, that falls right here, between your hip and your ribs,and with a real full skirt, and the last thing we're going to talk about, is the shoes. You see the saddle shoes a lot. Those are the white shoes, with the black stripe on them. Saddle shoes are a great pick, and especially if you're going to be at a sock hop, but another good pick is also kitten toe heels. They're the type of little peep toe, and they're usually quite high. Those are also a good choice, if you're not going to be doing quite as much cutting a rug, so this has been how to put together a classic 50's outfit, for women.

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