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Women's Clothing

Christian Dior's "New Look" of 1947 continued to influence the fashions of the 1950s. Unpadded, rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, closely-defined waistlines, and fully, billowy skirts define the new, more feminine wardrobe. Blouses, jeans, and long, narrow skirts were also quite popular.

The dirndl dress, either sleeveless or with small puff sleeves and having a billowy skirt, became an extremely popular style. This type of casual attire was the hallmark of 1950s fashions.

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Dirndl Dresses: Image courtesy of . Image courtesy of Advance

The full, billowy skirt and natural waistline was quite popular for a number of dresses during the 1950s.

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1950s Women's Dresses with Full Skirts: Image courtesy of Vogue. Image courtesy of Advance.

1950's Women's Dresses with Full Skirts

1950s Women's Dresses with Full Skirts: Image courtesy of American Vintage Blues. Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Pattern.

Many dresses were sleeveless or had long, wide collars and V-necks.

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1950s Jumper Dress and Collar Dress: Image courtesy of Advance

The blouse was fashionable during the 1950s, worn with skirts or pants. Many blouses were sleeveless or had very short sleeves.

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1950s Blouses: Image courtesy of McCall's

By the late 1950s, the long, slim look had returned. Long skirts or dresses were popular, often worn with short jackets.

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1950s Long, Slim Dresses: Image courtesy of McCall's. Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Patterns.

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