The fashion of the 1950s is iconic, bringing together the feeling of classic Americana and stylistic choices that inform our clothing styles even today. There aren’t many specialized 1950s clothing stores these days, but when you know where to look, you can find a time capsule back to the mid-twentieth century. Hot Couture certainly considers itself a 50s clothing store, with much of our real vintage clothing dating from the late 1940s to mid-1960s. We’re always on the lookout for authentic 50s clothing and you’re always likely to find some on our racks when you come visit our shop.
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In the 1950s, the look for women was all about curves. Women who didn’t have many curves to speak of would create the illusion of them with belts, corsets, and even padding. The hourglass figure was very “in” and many skirts and dresses were made to accentuate it. The most iconic looks that you’ll find in most 1950s clothing stores include that classic cinched waist and full skirt, cardigan sweaters, pencil skirts, and halter styles. When you close your eyes and think of this era, your mind’s eye is likely full of people who look like extras from Grease, and you’re not too far off.
The breadth of styles available in a 50s clothing store leaves something for every situation and fashion choice, whether you like the clean-cut look or something a bit more edgy. From a casual day at school or work to a stunning evening event, you can go from cropped sweaters and high-waisted trousers to a form-fitting gown with pearls. Men of the era looked sharp in suits and their own wholesome sweaters or like a bad boy right out of a dream in leather jackets. Looking for something in particular? Let us know! We offer both authentic vintage clothing and recreations for costume rental. Our costumes are an excellent choice for a Halloween party – whether you choose a poodle skirt, gown, or other classic look.
We do what we can to ensure our vintage clothing remains accessible and affordable, and we try to maintain an inventory that suits various body types. If you’re on the lookout for 1950s clothing stores, come visit Hot Couture!