Fashion is constantly changing as the years go on – from cycling shorts and fluffy sliders, to clear coats and camouflage cargo pants, there are always new trends in the industry. But, the trends that interest me more than any other are the old trends coming back into fashion.
I am absolutely fascinated with the idea of old fashioned trends, especially when it comes to women’s clothing and style. I think the sophisticated and classy looks are really beautiful and also very interesting. So today, I’m going to be looking at women’s fashion from the 1950-60’s in detail, and picking out some of my favourite looks and fashion inspiration from all those years ago!
One of the most popular sources of fashion in the 1900’s is actually through television shows, such as Bates Motel and Peaky Blinders. But, the one show that I have taken a particular interest in when it comes to fashion, is The Man In The High Castle. The vintage clothing worn by the women is absolutely stunning and I couldn’t help but make a post completely dedicated to the 1950-60’s fashion portrayed on this amazing show.
So, here are my favourite fashion picks from the show The Man In The High Castle, where I will be analysing each outfit and sharing them with you all.
Lady In Red
This beautiful, deep red button-up frock worn by Helen Smith is my first fashion pick of the show. The black descending collar really gives that bit of boldness to the elegant look – perfectly matching with the black cuffs on the bottom of the mid-length sleeve. This is exquisitely paired with her beautiful black beaded necklace, which is subtle however adds to the higher end, sophisticated look Helen’s character has.
The thing that I like most about this look is the figure-hugging shape of the gown, and the long ruffled hem that flows downwards. The shapely figure of this dress really compliments Helen’s womanly body, however in a flattering way that is in no way revealing, and keeps Helen looking modest and classy. Another favourite of mine about this piece, is the button-up pattern running down the centre of the dress, as I personally believe this is what makes this dress look as elegant as it does.
To finish the look off, Helen has a bold red lip which again really makes her look lavish and ornate; complimenting her button-up styled frock perfectly. Her light brown bouncy curls sway down the top of her soft neck, stopping just below her ears, which was a popular higher class hair style in the 1950-60’s.
The Crown Princess Of Japan
My second choice is a unique one, and one that I have picked out for a particular reason. I believe that this beautiful cream satin dress is very traditional to the Japanese Culture in the 1960’s, with the fine detailed embroidery and the high-neck cuff collar. One thing I love in particular is the waist-hugging silhouette of the dress, which I think is absolutely stunning. The shapely gown compliments the Japanese Princess’s petite figure so well.
Going back to the embroidery, the pattern is so fine and precise it really makes the dress stand out; but what makes the dress stand out the most for me, is the silk satin material that gives this beautiful pearlescent shine every time she moves. And finally, I have to comment on the shoulder length, outwards facing sleeve that matches divinely with the cuff styled collar, again staying true to the cultural style presented in the 1950-60’s. This look stood out to me, because this style of dress is coming back into trend, especially the satin materials used!
My favourite look of the whole season has definitely got to be Juliana’s job interview outfit, where she has a pin-up styled navy blue sweetheart dress, that makes her look incredible sophisticated and elegant. In particular, I really do like the pastel blue wrist length gloves that are matched with this button-over frock, as I think it really adds that extra touch of femininity to the overall outfit.
Juliana has soft, bouncy curls rolling down her neck, again making her look extremely poised and classy, however they are slightly longer than Helen’s, reaching down past below her shoulders. This represents potentially a slight lower tier of wealth, as well as there only being two buttons rather than a row of buttons in the centre like Helen’s again. The two large buttons placed to the left of the frock give that bit of detail that brings out the dress, which gives it definition and style.
To finish off my small selection of many, many favourite looks in this show, is another look worn by Juliana. Juliana is one of the main characters and therefore is styled in many different
ways. One of them is this smart casual look presented above, with the pale baby pink-to-white blouse paired with a light brown ankle length skirt.
This outfit is extremely fashionable, giving her a look of dominance and sophistication, as typically blouses are a smart and work-related style that gives her feminine power. Though not high-end, this outfit still gives her character elegance and clarity, as it is in no way revealing yet flatters her womanly physique, through the snug fitting shirt neatly tucked into the brown-green low ruffled skirt.
This is another old fashion that I believe is coming back into trend slowly but surely, the first trend being having a tucked in blouse or shirt. The smart and graceful pairing of a simple two colour contrasting shirt with a long, thick material skirt matches so well, and can be worn in any situation, whether it be work, a casual day out or a low-key party!
I also decided that as a part of the Cosmopolitan February addition – the Cosmo Scholarship, I would respond to their challenge and create my very own moodboard of my favourite fashion styles! In this case, inspired by the 1960’s. All outfits shown in the moodboard are inspired by old-time shows Bates Motel, Peaky Blinders and of course The Man In The High Castle.
It was hard picking out such a small collection of looks from such a great show, however I managed to do it and I hope that you’ve enjoyed looking at these different types of 1960’s female fashion! Which look is your favourite?
*Images from: Tyranny Of Style, Pinterest, Slash Film.