How to Dress Like a 1950s Housewife

Men and women think of Donna Reed when you mention 1950s housewife. She wore a shirtwaist dress that was gorgeous with her hair done so. Or you could think of the TV shows or films that brought back the’50s seem like “Happy Days”, “American Graffiti” and “Grease.” We will explain how you can use retro styles. This 3-4 piece outfit is easy to put together and can help you feel and look the part.

Let us begin with The Dress: it ought to be a cheerful print in checks flowery or solid. The best is a timeless shirtwaist dress with a waist and a full or flared skirt. It frequently has sleeves and buttons or zips in the front. For those who have problems locating a classic shirtwaist dress then check in shops, such as Vintagedancer and Zapaka, which sell 1950s floral dress and try to find a simple style in classic prints and colors like miniature rose prints or kitchen prints. Avoid polyester or colors. Cotton that is poly or cotton will seem the most authentic. The length ought to be calf or just below the knees. Make sure to wash a few times to the dress to make it authentic looking and more lived in.

Halter Lemon Dress From Zapaka website

red 1950 dresses

Check apron with a decorative print or classic or thrift stores for a half or full classic. Make sure you look for one that produces a bow at the back. Plain or pastel colors can work, if you cannot find a decorative print. It’s also a good idea to tie a sheer scarf on one of the apron ties, as you never know when you will have to set your hair up and pitch in to get something done.

Finally, you will have to bring the period details of some 50. These can be button earrings, a string of pearls, a circle pin or eyeglasses. Consider pulling your hair back and tying it with a scarf in a triangle shape tied in the back under your own hair, or pulls it around and ties it on top with bunny ears. Shoes should be ballet flats, low heels, or loafers. You include a sweater guard to hold it in place and can throw a cardigan sweater. Purse ought to be large enough into your coupon book along with the station wagon. And remember your glasses.

You have your 50’s housewife outfit together. How are you going to get all your chores, cleaning and washing done yet still have time to touch up your lipstick and maintain your bouffant hairdo looking fresh? Let’s be thankful for all the modern appliances which helped facilitate the family work and left more time for fun and fashion.