For women, the fifties hair style was soft and curly. Straight hair was out. Short hair was in. Women
often tied their hair back with a scarf, but this was only for casual activitys. The fifties look was achieved by a process
of pin curling and rolling, there were no blow dryers in the 50's, instead, these women actually slept in
pin curlers and rollers for the perfect curl. Sometimes even that wasn't enough and girls would have to sit in chairs while
there Mom drenched there hair with horrific smelling solutions known as a perm.
For men, fashionable hair was a whole nother story. This is where the oh-so-loved ducktail comes in. Also known
as the D.A. or the duck butt, this style is acheived by combing the hair to the middle of the head, then making a center part
with a rattail comb. Contributing to the term "greasers" this style required a lot of grease. Sadly, this awesomely
cool hair style was worn by few. Most guys took the easy way out and sported a simple crewcut, flat top, or comb over.
The 50's was the decade of the all natural. Peaches 'n cream was the complexion of
choice and pastel was the color. Foundation was applied as either a liquid or a powder and reflected the soft femininity of
the day. Lips were strictly pastel, expecially for younger women. Eyebrows were usually narrowed and blush and eye shadow
were minimal...therefor natural and feminin.
Evening was totally different. Women could get away with a more dramatic vivacouse look. Eyeliner was liquid making a
sharp highly defined countour and was used manely on the upper lid. Lips were a striking red and were colored lush and
The color names of the lipsticks below are:
Lilac Pastel, Apricot Pastel, Honey Pastel, Pink Pastel,
Peach Pastel, Strawberry Pastel. And across, Snow Ball of Fire
The shirt at the right is the basic 50's shirts. The
blouse is simple, the rolled sleeve was popular, as was monogramming.
Below- A young women might wear a halter top,
notice how the stomach is barely showing. Unlike today, the look was very discreet. At the right is an example of the many
sleeves of the 50's. Including the feminin puff sleeve and the kimono sleeve.