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Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Almost all of us can remember where we were on certain important dates, but amazingly many of us can even recall what we were wearing. Fashion has been such a big part of our lives and for many of us, those days are past. But it's a lot of fun to think about what we and our parents wore. Given the age group of most of our members, I'll start this thread off by lumping the discussions of the fashions of the 50's and the 60's together. What were your favorite fashions of those decades? What items did you hate wearing? What would you love to see come back? Which ones actually have come back? Come on, join the fun as we stroll the runway down the Fashion Parade! Thumbs up

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ImageRoses_R_Red
Jul 21, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Crinoline slips were all the rage under your felt skirt with the poodle on it. I HATED those things. They were made of horsehair, or some other stiff and itchy stuff and some of them destroyed your stockings (which were held up by a garter belt and later by those ridiculous Playtex Girdles which one needed to wear even if one was as skinny as a stick. I remember traveling home from the office in NYC with one of my friends whose playtex split from the waist down and had her scrambling to either keep the thing up or get it off discreetly. Soon after came the good old days where less was more (bras and etc.)!!!
Imagestormyla
Jul 22, 2010 7:06 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Oh Teri, That is too funny. Big Grin Those girdles were so strange. My mother always wore a Playtex girdle. She always wore the type with an open bottom. Hilarious! I never heard of any of them splitting. Now just how does one discreetly remove a split girdle?? Hilarious! Especially with how big those things were! I always remember them hanging up to dry in my mother's bathroom, along with few pairs of nylons.

When I was a teen I sometimes wore the long legged panty type of girdle. Those darned garters were always popping. Blinking I hated garter belts. Of course the first generation of pantyhose weren't a delight either.My aunt always wore those long line playtex bras. They looked like torture devices. LOL, One year when we were all at a beach house together, I tried one of their bras and girdles on over my shorts outfit. Hilarious! I couldn't get the girdle off!! My brother had to peel it off of me.


Imagestormyla
Jul 22, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Teri, I never knew crinolines were made of horsehair. I remember having one to wear under party dresses when I was very young child. Then as an adult, I had one to wear under a ball gown, but by that time, they definitely weren't made of anything that wasn't synthetic. Whenever I think of poodle skirts Dinah Shore comes to mind. One of my earliest TV memories is of her singing on some show and wearing one.

Back in that era, I never remember my mother going anywhere not in a dress and heels, usually wearing beads or pearls. I don't even remember her being at home wearing anything but a dress. She must have thiough, as we have some home movies of us at a lake and she was wearing one of those sleeveless shirts tied at the waist with a pair of pedal pushers.
Imagestormyla
Jul 22, 2010 7:58 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I think it would be very interesting to see a museum display or fashion show of women's undergarments through out the ages. I believe that back in the roaring 20's undergarment were very much of the minimalist style.

We have home movies of my aunts and mom from the 50's, must have been on Easter. They were wearing matching dresses and swing coats, all with wide full skirts. Their matching hats were all sort of flat and very wide brimmed.
Imagesheryl
Jul 22, 2010 7:27 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Mmm - I have a short black velvet swing coat that I wear whenever I get a chance. They are wonderful!
Imagestormyla
Jul 23, 2010 10:01 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Speaking of Pedal Pushers, I also remember some cropped types of pants being referred to as clam diggers. Does anyone know what the difference was?

Certain eras seemed to have been high marks for different fabrics, or maybe that's just the way I remember some of them. When I think of party and dress up dresses from the 50's and 60's, Taffeta, Organza and thick Charmeuse come to mind.

For office and dinner wear, Tissue Faille, Rayon and Boucle Knit suits were big. Summer sportier wear included Madras and Dotted Swiss. Which of these did you or your family like or hate?
ImageRoses_R_Red
Jul 23, 2010 6:54 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
How about the t strap capezio shoes that were the start of everyone's bunions?

And the ballerina capezio's with only a partial sole that wore out in a couple of weeks.

Imagestormyla
Jul 23, 2010 8:53 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
They were really bad, but oh so cute. All of those completely flat shoes led to later feet problems. It's not unusual to see young girls wearing them today, but I often see older women wearing them too.

Hilarious! Back then we were only allowed to wear sneakers in the summer. It was oxfords and loafers other than that. On Sundays, patent leather flats in the spring, regular leather flats in other seasons.

I do remember wearing too many shoes with buckles. What a pain they were.
ImageRoses_R_Red
Jul 24, 2010 8:08 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
OK, when I watched "MADMEN" on TV, I was reminded of those ridiculous pointed bras that everyone wore, with a cute removable white collar or bandana around the crew neck "banlon" sweaters.
Imagercn48
Jul 25, 2010 2:59 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Hilarious! You're bringing back memories! Not really sure what the difference is between pedal pushers vs clam diggers? And you're right, my mother rarely wore pants, always wore what she called her "housedresses". Then when she did finally start wearing pants they were either pantsuits or "slacks", she never called them pants!

I was amazed when shopping recently to see all the peasant style clothing they're offering. If I had saved my clothing from the 70's I'd actually be in style right now! Rolling my eyes. Probably my favorite memory is the suit my mother made for me when I was in junior high school. Remember the collarless suits The Beatles wore? Well...there was actually a pattern for one! Mine was charcoal gray wool with tiny pin stripes (jacket and skirt) and to add a little flair my mother used red cording for the trim of the jacket and I wore a red tie with the white shirt. I was the envy of every Beatles fan in the 7th grade. Hilarious! It's probably a darned good thing I wasn't an Elvis fan - my mother probably would have made me one of those gawdy high collared white suits he wore! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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Imagestormyla
Jul 25, 2010 8:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Those pointed bras were really wierd. I wonder if the "ban the bra" era was what spurred the manufacturers to discontinue them and start making bras with a more "natural" look.

I saw a special on TV last week about Coco Chanel. I always knew she started the white color rage, but didn't realize that she created and sold so many of those insertable collars. I remember having one and wearing it with a sweater or two. Those were followed byDickies.

The 50's and 60's post war production of all of the "lon" fabrics was certainly a boost for the Dupont Corp. Nylon was invented by them right here in the MidAtlantic, at the Seaford, Del plant. It's first use, like so many other technological advances was military. I believe it was for parachutes. I think that most of the "lons" were also created by them. Orlon and Banlon. Wasn't Banlon used in the space shuttle crew's uniforms?
Imagestormyla
Jul 25, 2010 8:33 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Deb, I remember those suits. One of our GF's got one for Christmas and we were all sooooo jealous! Hers wasn't home made. It was made by Villager. Oh, we were just greeeeen with envy.
hart
Aug 7, 2010 10:01 PM CST
I can tell you what I hated from the '50s. When we were kids my mother just loved these bubble romper things. They were one piece, gathered with elastic around the legs, elastic at the waist and at the neck and ties also at the shoulders. You got into them by stepping in and tying the string ties at the shoulders.

Of course that meant if you had to go to the bathroom, you had to get completely undressed. I know my sister and I must have worn those until we were 9 or 10 all summer every summer.
Imagestormyla
Aug 7, 2010 10:52 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
We wore them too Diane in the summer. They were a PITA in the bathroom.

They always seemed to bunch up at the waist too.

What were those summer cotton tops, cropped with all of the ruffles called? The ones they wore in Bye Bye Birdie?
Imagesallyg
Aug 7, 2010 11:34 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Aw I remember a bubble romper from when i was very little, thinking it was very cute. I gues the bathroom thing didn't stick in my memory. I may not have had to endure them for years when I was in charge of my pottying.
Buttondown shirt tied at the waist--Fun enough that it will have to be back in style soon.

It sure is hard to ignore fashion even when it doesn't suit you. I had to have platform shoes. You know how much I did NOT need to be three inches taller at fifteen.

Rubber swim caps at the pool, with rubber flowers! I still like the smell of rubber.
Thank heaven you don't (do you?) see clothes made from that heavy double knit totally synthetic material anymore.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 7, 2010 11:51 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Nope, haven''t seen that in a while, but then again I haven't been shopping much the last couple of years.

Sally, I went to an Ike & Tina Turner concert many moons ago and Tina & I had on the exact same shoes. RED SEQUINNED & GLITTERED anklestrap platform high heels. Thumbs up

I loved my white crinkled patent leather go go boots!! Peter Max Scarves and Twiggy Tent dresses!
Imagesallyg
Aug 7, 2010 11:59 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
yup I'm sure those were exactly like my platforms
I had a very favorite 'daisy print ' pair of pants, the late sixties daisies I'm sure you know exactly what I mean. Boy, I can't say how long it's been since I wore any pants with any kind of print fabric (thank heavens)

shoulder bags made from old jeans. Old jeans with flowers embroidered on them, and by oneself, not some unknown factory worker. Jeans with actual, non prefabricated, rips and worn spots.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Aug 8, 2010 12:14 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL Sally, We had daisy print everything. I had two daisy print rain coats. One yellow and white, another red & white. We had daisy jewelry too. And Lady Bugs. And Madras!!

I seem to remember a lot of polka dots in the 50's and plaids & stripes in the 60's.

LOL My mom was always trying to be Carmen Miranda. In the summer, she wore fake fruit on her hats, straw pocketbooks and straw mules. Lots of very LOUD print sun dresses.

In the winter she had her Mae West black clothes look. Then she had her Liz Taylor phase. My sister is named after St. Liz. Hilarious! Hilarious!
Imagercn48
Aug 8, 2010 1:56 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
hart, I remember those "bubble rompers"! Fortunately the only ones we had were the short version for summers but still a PITA! Thumbs down

Quoting:Stormy wrote: I loved my white crinkled patent leather go go boots!! Peter Max Scarves and Twiggy Tent dresses!


Sounds like you were quite the "fashionista"! Hilarious! My fashion "style" was more subdued, Madras, Bass Weejuns and navy blue Sperry Topsiders come to mind. I did however have an obsession with purses when I was in high school. I spent all my hard earned babysitting money on my collection. The one I remember receiving the most attention from my friends was one made with horse hair! Blinking If my memory is correct I saved for weeks for that one - $40, which doesn't seem like a lot now but back then it was a small fortune for an "accessory"! Whistling

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