Art and fashion often evolve to display a commonality of attitude of a culture, place or era. I think this was certainly true of 1950’s America, which gave rise to rock-n-roll. Much of the music of this time had a fun and carefree air, as exampled by Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash” or Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock.” Fashion styles also evolved to incorporate these themes. Today, I would like to show you two outfits that represent the fun, feminine fashion that was popular at the time. The poodle skirt, often being used for dancing or just hanging out at the local diner, and a flouncy knee length dress, perfect for a movie date at the theater or drive-in. Both are from Ivalde, a wonderful store for vintage shoppers. Neferia Abel has selections from the Baroque era to current day styles, much of it sorted into decades for easy shopping.

The pink poodle skirt ensemble, pictured left, comes with two skirt and two blouse options, each with or without the poodle, and a prim scarf. The belt is on the jacket layer so it’s optional or can be replaced by another of your choosing. This outfit is also available with a red, black or yellow skirt. Added to the pictured ensemble are saddle shoes from The 50’s Store and Haalsa Hallard lace frill socks with pink ribbon. The jewelry is pink lulu4 bangle bracelets from Artilleri and Kraftika earrings no. 106 also in pink.

On the right is the Selena dress in magenta. The flexi-prim skirt, which moves beautifully, and the prim shoulder straps add to the three-dimensional look. This dress is an excellent example of the nice textures found in Neferia’s designs and also comes in aqua, white and black. Added to the outfit are Tesla Leather Vixen pumps in liquorice and MM Cherry Charm necklace and earrings. The hair in both pictures is Artilleri Dayna black.

If you enjoy vintage clothing as much as I do, I urge you to check out Ivalde. The hardest thing about shopping at them is choosing from amongst the wide range of selections and colors.