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24 Glamorous & Flattering 1950s Fashions We’d Love To See Make a Comeback

Take a walk down memory lane with these a-line dresses, pedal pushers and 'Rockabilly' styles

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For many of us, ’50s women’s fashion conjures up a sense of warm and fuzzy nostalgia. If you’ve looked at old family photos or watched some of the many classic movies from the time, you know the fashion then was beautifully tailored and feminine, with silhouettes that still flatter today.

The ’50s may have been the middle of the “baby boom,” but families weren’t the only things growing then. Spheres of stylish influence also grew quicker than ever — especially as televisions became more popular to have in the home, and women increasingly found fashion inspiration from magazines and their favorite Hollywood stars, like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

After dealing with issues such as rations on essential style staples like pantyhose and fabric during World War II, everyone was all too happy to finally be able to gussy up without feeling guilty — even if they were just running errands around town, and the fashions of the day reflected this new prosperity and optimism, with full-skirted dresses in novelty prints, and a new interest in wearable staples like pedal pushers.

The ’50s may have a reputation for being buttoned-up compared to the cultural changes in the ’60s and beyond, but the charming fashions remain timeless, and many of the looks are making a comeback as women choose to embrace well-made, classic pieces in a world of disposable fast fashion.

Here are some of our favorite looks from the era, along with information on what made this 50s women fashion so special.

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