Shades of the 30s in 50s Fashions

Here is a fashion spread from a 1957 issue of McCall’s magazine that shows the cutest summer dresses and playsuits inspired by the 1930s.  Just goes to show that no matter what the era, designers always look back for inspiration.

The author of the article states “For you who nostalgically remember the thirties, for you missed them entirely: a wonderful second chance to wear those flirty fashions with young, easy lines and insouciant fit-preferably with T-strap shoes and a cloche!”



My favorites are the V necked dropped waist striped dress by Donald Brooks on the far right of first photo,  the adorable nautical dress at left on second photo, by Jerry Gilden.(never met a Jerry Gilden I didn’t like!) and the two playsuits on right.

By | 2014-02-17T09:09:51-04:00 May 10th, 2009|Fashion|2 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


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    Ailene L. Villalpando October 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I love this! These are really hot outfits!!!!

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    whimsicalpam May 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Love the photos and I have to agree with your selections, especially the Donald Brooks dress!
    Great blog, thanks for an enjoyable morning read:)

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