As every decade is marked by crazy trends or timeless fashion statements the fifties were no exception. Regarded by many as the “fabulous fifties” the decade paved the way for a new era of fashion and entertainment. Duck tails, crinoline's and more...
If you wanted a cold, refreshing drink or ice cream back in the 50s, soda fountains were the new answer. Put a jukebox, dance floor and soda fountain in a room with teenagers, and call it a party!
One of the most memorable and fashionable trends of the 50s era, the poodle skirt was a bright, colorful, long, swingy skirt that hit just below the knees. The fabric used was mostly felt fabric, appliquéd with the image of a small poodle (hence the name “poodle skirt”). Both feminine and fashionable, these skirts were a definite eye catcher.
High school dances of the 50s were typically informal, school-chaperoned events. The teens would remove their shoes and dance in their socks to protect the gymnasium floor. Combined with rock ‘n’ roll, the liberating feeling of removing shoes while dancing inspirited teens to shake, jitterbug, rattle and roll giving way to a whole new style of dancing. The famous TV dance show “American Bandstand” featured brisk teenaged dancers showing off their moves.
No era went without some form of sex appeal. The conical bra was strangely the hit of the 50s. Also known as the bullet bra or torpedo, the cone-shaped bra obviously caught many eyes!
Elvis Presley and James Dean among others, had a pair of the hottest sideburns, about one and a half inches below the ears. The whole sleek look with the leather jackets wasn’t complete without some gnarly burns.
Even though the first drive-in theater opened in 1933, it wasn’t until 1950 that the new concept became a smash among the young and old, as well as lovers and families.
Who hasn’t played with a hula hoop before? Yes, hula hoops date all the way back to the 50s. Being one of the biggest fads of that decade, the hula hoop gracefully stood the test of time.
What better way to show off that you’re dating a jock than to wear his letterman jacket and sweater. Girls of the 50s made this trend their secret weapon to broadcast their prize-catch.
Arch Oboler’s “Bwana Devil” stirred up the 3D craze of the 50s. It premiered in 1952 and people were provided with glasses that allowed experiencing the whole 3D effect. Sixty years later, 3D movies still get rave reviews. It is no doubt that some of the fifties trends still live till today, and others are brought back to life every now and then. “Fabulous” is, indeed, a well-deserved label.
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Everyone who attended Leon High School in 1958 remembers hanging out at Mutt & Jeff's Drive Inn. Their slaw dogs, cherry coke and french fries were the best in town.