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How To Get the Best Iconic Fashion Looks Of The 1950s

If you want to nail the 1950s look, you need to turn your attention to 1950s style icons.

These fashion forward ladies paved the way for the iconic 1950s looks we know and love today, and some of our best vintage styling tips can be learned from taking a closer look at their 1950s fashion influences.

When we think about 1950s fashion, a lot of different looks come to mind including trends such as sexy pencil skirts and chic cinched waists, but if we don’t learn which 1950s trends go together, we can end up in a complete mess of 1950s fashion influences!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve put together a list of the top 1950s fashion tips you’ll need from three of these fabulous females, so read on if you want to learn how to style yourself with the best of them and not mix your marilyn monroe sex appeal with your audrey hepburn elegance.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe became one of the most famous fashion icons in the world during the 1950s. The ultimate pin-up girl with heaps of sex appeal, Marilyn was known best for adding ultra-feminine glamour to every occasion – and a sprinkling of diamonds. Never seen without a pair of heels, Marilyn favoured figure hugging dresses with a halter neckline. While her clothing often took on muted tones, Marilyn styled her makeup with the iconic red lipstick of the 50s and utilised the beauty mark to perfection.




Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn on the other hand was known best for her 1950s glam girl next door looks. Audrey was all about modesty and elegance, opting for simple dresses (albeit designed exclusively for her by Givenchy) cinched in at the waist with a belt, and favouring flat shoes as often as she could be allowed to wear them. Audrey’s makeup stayed true to the 1950s red lipstick trend, but she styled this with iconic long lashes and added a touch of hollywood mystique by wearing sunglasses whenever she left the house.






Grace Kelly 

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly walked the line between the two. Styled as the glamorous girl next door, Grace was most often seen wearing a flared midi dress with a circle skirt, which was always tailored to her body at the top into a bodice style. Grace’s favourite way to accessorise was with pearls. She wore them as earrings and necklaces whenever possible. Grace’s favourite colour was light yellow, which she wore along with mostly neutral and minimalist colours.





Whichever icon of 1950s pop culture you find the most fashion forward, remember to keep your style crib sheet with you next time you’re shopping for your 1950s outfit!

1950s Style Icon Crib Sheet

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