Fashion Flashback- Spring Fashion Trends in ’59

Womens’  fashions of the late 1950s were still quite feminine and ladylike.   The fit and flared  “New Look” silhouette was still popular,  as were fitted sheath dresses and beautiful tailored suits. Hemlines were still below the knee. And hats and gloves remained part of a well dressed lady’s wardrobe.  But you can see from some of the photos, the sleeker, streamlined designs that were the precursor of   the  “Mod” style clothing to come in the latter 1960s.  So feast your eyes on what were the designer spring fashion trends from 1959.  Personally I like them a lot better than most of  the current spring styles.  But I guess that’s no surprise!

 The quintessential classic suit by Chanel in beige nubbed wool with navy trim and a navy pinstriped suit with belted jacket by Dior.

Note the model on left with the  flip! Soon to become one the most popular hairstyles of the 60s!

Chanel Dior Suits 1959

Suits by Chanel and Dior-Henry Clarke Photographer-March Vogue 1959

Turquoise silk organdy dress by Harvey Berin. Worn with green accessories, including the gorgeous five strand Nettie Rosenstein necklace.

The blue and green color combination that was popular for spring 1959, continued for many years into the 60s.


Harvey Berin turquoise silk organdy dress- 1959-Irving Penn Photographer

Harvey Berin turquoise silk organdy dress- 1959-Irving Penn Photographer

On left blue/green floral print suit from Hutzler’s department store. Nettie Rosenstein necklace. Sally Victor Hat.

On right turquoise Italian silk twill suit by Marquise.  Emme Hat.

Women's suits-March Vogue 1959- Irving Penn photographer

Women’s suits-March Vogue 1959- Irving Penn photographer

A delightful spring flower hat by Lilly Dache . Oh how I wish women still wore hats like this today!


lilly dache hat vogue march 1959

Lilly Dache spring hat-March Vogue 1959

And how fun is this matching polka dot hat and gloves by Emme?

Emme pollka dot hat gloves vogue 1959

Emme Polka dot hat and gloves- March Vogue 1959

Cardin’s sculptural dress with the wide foldover collar is a hint of the 1960s futuristic Mod  fashions to come, while Jacques Heims “New Look” dress is in keeping with the fitted and flared silhouette that shouts classic 1950s!

Pierre Cardin and Jacques Heim dresses-March Vogue 1959-Henry Clarke Photographer

Pierre Cardin and Jacques Heim dresses-March Vogue 1959-Henry Clarke Photographer


Black and white, always a classic. And a  big fashion trend this spring!

Sleek, chic evening dresses by Patou.  You can see how the evening fashions were starting to move to a more casual, informal look.

Patou evening dresses 1959

Evening dresses by Patou. March Vogue 1959, Henry Clarke Photographer


Though some designers were still making very feminine party dresses like this navy blue lace and white organdy  beauty by Rudolf.


rudolf lace organdy dress march vogue 1959 schatzberg photographer

Lace dress by Rudolf-March Vogue 1959-Schatzberg photographer

  Rose prints are so perfect for spring!  Velveteen rose print evening suit by Traina Norell. Jewelry, Van Cleef and Arpels

traina norell dinner suit march vogue 1959 horst photographer

Traina Norell rose print velveteen evening suit-March Vogue 1959- Horst Photographer

These looks are timeless IMHO. What do you think? Would you wear any of these styles now?

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By | 2019-07-10T13:04:07-04:00 March 25th, 2013|Fashion|4 Comments

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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.


  1. Theresa
    Theresa March 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Thanks Kate:) I love the blue/green color combo too and the Rudolph dress is so classic and feminine.

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    Kate-Em March 26, 2013 at 6:18 am

    What beautiful photographs, a really interesting article. I love the blue and green combination and the gorgeous lace Rudolph dress.

  3. Theresa
    Theresa March 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Hey Jennifer, feel the same way! It’s amazing how many people do not take any pride whatsoever in their appearance. That is why we offer the type of clothing we do on our website. Luckily there are women out there who still enjoy looking put together and ladylike. We cater to them and hope to convert some others along the way:)

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    jennifer March 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I love how feminine the clothing was, and how put together people were. I wish that was still the trend. I am so tired of seeing all of the sloppy looks so popular now. When did it become acceptable to venture out in your pjs or sweat pants????

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