September 8, 2009Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Let’s Talk Fashion 1959
Here is another post in the Tuesday’s Retro Guest series. Jan, or Sablemable as she is known around here, is a frequent contributor and even more frequent commentor on the blog, and I always love to get emails from her. It is my pleasure to share some of her great contributions with you!
In the late summer of 1959, I was preparing to enter kindergarten.
In the meantime, many young American women were getting ready to set sail for college. So what did the mid-century student wear to class? Here are some suggestions from Mademoiselle Magazine of August 1959.
Plaids were very much in style.
Sweaters were a co-eds best friend and yes, she IS wearing shorts!
Shoes, LOTS of shoes!
Undergarments? Not so comfortable back then no matter how hard the manufacturers tried to spin it.
Red lipstick was the trend. Our college model is wearing Tangee Red ‘n Rich.
Yikes! The DREADED Clearasil Ad!
And finally, short skirts. Short skirts? In 1959? From what I’ve been able to gather, the co-eds wore these to athletic events complete with coordinating tops and tights. I’m sure the boys loved it, but not the parents and faculty!