Dictionary of Clothes – 1950s Fashion

Definition from Wikipedia

Shift Dress

shift dress is a dress in which the cloth falls straight from the shoulders and has darts around the bust. It frequently features a high scoop or boat neck.[3] Shift dresses are often confused with the sheath dress, which is form-fitting and shaped by tucks on the waist area. Shift dresses became popular in western fashion in the 1920s and were revived in the 1960s. They are most flattering on body types that are more like columns.

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Cocktail dress

cocktail dress is a dress is for semi-formal occasions, sometimes called cocktail parties at late afternoon, and usually go with accessories.


stiletto heel, or just stiletto, is a shoe with a long, thin, high heel. It is named after the stiletto dagger.

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Low Black Heels

Hip hugging gowns

A floor-length and hip hugging gown was the top choice for formal evening events.

Circle Skirts

skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist, so the skirt is very full but hangs smoothly from the waist without dartspleats, or gathers.

Pleated Pants

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Buttons-up Sweater

Unbuttoned Shirt

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Sporty Leather jackets

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