1950’s Pendleton virgin wool plaid “Battle” shirt-style jacket

Again taking some cues from military styling, this plaid piece from the 1950’s fashions virgin wool into a smart, masculine-looking complement to slacks or more casual pants.  The defined dropped waistband helps to establish this broad-shouldered shirt-style jacket as somewhere between everyday wear for business, but also is not a jacket that would be worn to chop down a tree.  It says, “I have some free time, and I look good in plaid.”   As with all vintage Pendleton, this garment is made with all-Oregon wool and crafted by Oregonian hands! Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

1950’s plaid “Scotty Shop” men’s vest

Yet another fine piece of menswear from north of the border.  This time we have a medium-light blue ground with green, yellow-green, and red plaid in a fine wool.  As evidence of the vest’s age and an indicator of its origin, it bears a Scotty dog tag with the words “The Scotty Shop, Ltd” and “Vancouver, B.C”.   Click here for views and sizing!

1950’s gray Michaels-Stern Rochester men’s suit

Reporting in from the snazzy menswear front, we have this lightweight gray wool suit with pleats and cuffs right where they belonged in the early 1950’s.  This smart outfit was made by Michaels-Stern Rochester for Maier & Krier in The Dalles, Oregon.    Great double-breasted cut on the jacket and angled lapels in jaunty mid-century styling!  This ensemble is just begging for a smart hat, but we leave that choice up to your imagination.  Click here for more views and details.

 

1950’s day dress with animal motif

If you like cute or fun printed fabrics, have a look at the many little abstract animals and patterns on this 1950’s day dress in dusty red, with darling dolman sleeves and rhinestone-centered black buttons, which sometimes cast rainbows if you’re in the right light.  Made by Bennett Fashions of Miami, Florida.  Click here for more information.

 

1950’s Sears chocolate brown pedal pushers

Harkening back to a time when women and girls were not allowed to wear any kind of pants to school, church, or other social functions, the pedal pushers were a definite garment for weekends and summertime.  While some pedal pushers are fitted to the leg, these are more nipped in at the waist with a wider leg; they could even look like a skirt.  Finished with contrasting white stitching, buttoned at the side in true 1950’s fashion, and made for that all-American institution, Sears!  More views and sizing here.

I Love Lucy 1951-1957

Here at the Monster Vintage warehouse, we do our best to pinpoint the exact decades, if not specific years, of each and every item that comes through our graces. Usually we’re able to hit the mark with ease and confidence but sometimes, the clothing stumps us and we end up doing some guesswork. Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to meet and hang out with a woman who has worked for many years as a costumer for the theatre and ballet. Her photographic portfolio of hand-sewn garments for productions like Little Red Riding Hood and Scheherazade is stunning. Yards and yards of crinoline, silks, wool blends and velvet have become her life calling. She has also, subsequently, become a vintage historian expert. So much so, that while perusing our website, she kindly let me know that fear of all fears, some of our decades were off. Mostly in the 40’s-50’s department. And then she shared with me a tip – that her gauge for determining if a garment was from the 1950’s was to ask herself if Lucy would wear it. Brilliant! My homework was set, I would research past I Love Lucy shows and hone in on perfecting our decade blunders.

I Love Lucy aired from 1951-1957. In the show, Mrs. Ball donned dresses by the dozen from famous designers of the day (some of whom are still relevant), like Christian Dior, Charles Creed, Hardy Amies and Lanvin (Alber Elbaz is my lifetime hero). Silhouettes sharpened a bit from the boxier style lines of the flapper 30’s and post-war 40’s. Fabric was less rationed and therefore, fuller skirts, dresses and jackets were back en vogue. Three quarter length sleeves were still prevalent and hemlines remained just below the knee until the latter part of the decade when shorter, flirtier garments came out. Lots of over-sized bows, bare shoulders and low-scoop backs also made appearances from ’55-’59.

Below, googled I Love Lucy and Vogue images of 50’s dressing followed by a sampling of our 1950’s apparel for sale.