Am so very excited about my recent flea market finds. I came across not one, but two, Spiegel catalogs from 1955 and 1956. I frequently find vintage fashion magazines to purchase, but it’s pretty darn rare to find mail order catalogs in good condition and at bargain prices, never mind two on the same day. Needless to say I was stoked!
In this post I’ve included a selection of womens’ and mens’ fashion images to give you an idea of what the fashion trends and shopping options were for the average person back then. There are so many things in this catalog I wish I could order now!
My next post will include textiles, home furnishing and decorative accessories.
I love the color palettes of the 50s because they’re so cheerful! Pink, turquoise and pastel colors in general were popular. From clothing, to cars, to home decor it was a dazzling decade, a reflection of the country’s post World War II optimism.
The fitted bodice with full skirt is considered the iconic silhouette from that era. Though as you can see from the pink suit below, slim pencil skirts were also fashionable.
50s Novelty Prints
Some of the best textile prints came out of this decade. And currently, authentic 50s novelty prints are very collectible.
Most of the cotton dresses in the catalog average around $10-13. Though that may seem like serious bargain prices, it was not for the time period. Using an inflation calculator I discovered the cost of these dresses would be equivalent to $93-$120 today.
50s Party Dresses
Of course, people dressed up a lot more in the 50s, which meant women had to have lots of party dresses and cocktail attire. And those pouffy tulle dresses that were popular weren’t just for teenage girls to wear to prom. They were worn by both younger and older women, since the 50s was all about being feminine and girly.
Swing coats and princess style coats were two popular coat styles. The swing coats below were made in “poodle cloth”, which had a nubby texture.
This princess style beauty is my dream coat!
50s Mens Fashion
This style of jacket was inspired by the short military jackets that Dwight Eisenhower made standard issue for the military from the mid 1940s through the 50s. Known as the “Ike” jacket, the style was re-interpreted as a sporty look for men.
Men had some great options for colorful novelty prints too.
And even pink pants! The high waist with dropped loops and pleat fronts were referred to as “Hollywood Style”.
Pretty pastel shoes and accessories. I’ll take one of each please!
Wish I could find my husband some two tone shoes like these. Love the textures.
The rest I’ve put in a gallery, otherwise you’d be scrolling forever! Clicking on the images will show them in full size.
Which of these items would you order if you could?
Till next time……..