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How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn

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How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn!

Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. It’s the most vintage friendly season, as long as it’s not raining that is, when I can wear a 1950s skirt suit, like the Handmacher beauty in the picture below, or a dress, without the need of having to cover it with a coat.

1950s Handmacher suit

1950s Handmacher suit paired with Garay purse, Wolford tights and ankle boots.

The choices in styling and accessorising a 1950s garment for the Autumn season are endless. Hats, scarves, gloves, tights and shoes, be it true vintage or contemporary, can transform the look of a 1950s garment completely. Swapping flat brogues for high heels or booties and adding a sparkling brooch, is all you really need to turn a 1950s day dress into an evening ensemble.

I found that what really works with wearing 1950s clothes in Autumn, regardless if it’s a blouse with skirt or trousers combination, or even a dress that you opt for, is a velvet bolero or a cape. In the picture below I paired one of my many 1950s velvet boleros with Wolford body, which keeps me very warm in colder days. It’s also a perfect example that vintage clothes can look quite contemporary depending on how they are styled.

My vintage fashion blog1950s bolero paired with Wolford body, which is perfect for colder days.For today’s 1950s Autumn look I opted for:

The 1950s dress  by Junior First Fashion

The 1950s velvet bolero

The 19550s gloves

The 1950s hair snood

Wolford tights

Photography: Gregory Michael King 

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How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn

How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn

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How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn

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How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn

How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn.

How to wear 1950s clothing in Autumn

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Beautiful Lazienki Park in Warsaw!

 

Below are a few examples of how women dressed in Autumn in the 1950s.

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“The ‘costume look’ has developed into a strong fashion idea for fall and winter. The news is in the mismated fabrics and colors used in this year’s go-togethers. Highly-textured (and often noisily patterned) coats and jackets are sold frankly as suits with solid color dresses or skirts. Wool capes or stoles teamed with evening dresses made other texture combinations. Brilliant colors, so popular in this year’s town suits and coats, added still another mismatched note. (…)

Fashion’s new running mates, often mismatched, were as important in cocktail and evening clothes as in daytime fashions. Examples: Rough tweed and yarn-dyed will made another daytime team in Adele Simpson’s cut away jacket and one-piece dress. Fitted basque jackets or full-length satin coats teamed with matching skirts were among the new cocktail-time go-togethers.”  Quick NEWS WEEKLY SEPT.24,1952 p.37 This article was provided by  oldmagazinearticles.com

 

 

 

1950s Handmacher suit

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1950s Handmacher suit

To say that I have 1940s and 1950s skirt suits in abundance would be an understatement as it’s my number one choice when buying vintage. I can never resist the immaculate tailoring that 1950s suits are so synonymous with and when it comes to a choice between the perfect vintage dress and equally perfect suit, I usually end-up purchasing the latter. Nothing can beat the versatility to which a vintage suit can be dressed up or down, making it the perfect choice for a day-to-night look, a real pièce de résistance. When shopping for vintage on Etsy or at any of the vintage fairs in London, I don’t look for any particular brands, with the exception of Lilli Ann and Dorothy O’Hara that is, because a lot of incredible garments from 1930s and 1940s were hand made either by the original owner of the piece or custom made by a seamstress. There are times however when I get extremely excited about a vintage brand, like in the case of my latest purchase of a 1950s Handmacher suit, that I later found in Harper’s Bazaar from 1952!

Handmacher suits were incredibly popular and well known from the 1940s-1960s with their ads appearing in various fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, modelled by the most recognisable faces of the time such as Dovima, Suzy Parker or Dorian Leigh.

We read in one of the ads for a Handmacher suit “Why are Handmacher suits so perfectly adapted to American living? Is it the beautifully easy way they fit? Their serenely classic taste? Their forthright price? One store in your city has Handmacher suits. Try them on and see for yourself” Well, I did try it on and it fits like a glove.

 

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A model in Handmacher suit, Harper’s Bazaar, 1952.

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In the picture I’m wearing a Handmacher suit from 1952 paired with a 1950s bag, Wolford tights and Acne Studios shoes.

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1950s Garay purse

Detail of 1950s Garay purse.

One of the best things about skirt suits is that they don’t have to be worn as a set, I often mix each piece with contemporary pieces like in the examples below.

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1950s Handmacher skirt paired with a Veroni Deco couture shrug and blouse.

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1950s Handmacher skirt paired with  Veroni Deco couture shrug and blouse accessorised with  1950s gloves.

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For this look I paired the 1950s Handmacher jacket with a skirt from 1683 Atelier, Moschino bag and Wolford tights.