10 Modern Takes on Old Fashion Classics


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1950s Dresses
Zooey Deschanel is known for her 50s-style fashion, like this fantastic periwinkle blue dress she wore to the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards.
Zooey Deschanel is known for her 50s-style fashion, like this fantastic periwinkle blue dress she wore to the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards.
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Dresses of all kinds are making a huge comeback in recent years, and one old-fashioned but newly fashionable period-style includes dress designs from the 1950s. Both the knee grazing, tight pencil skirts and dresses and the fitted bodice, full-skirted styles are figure flattering. Vintage pieces are still pretty easy to find at consignment and thrift stores but new re-creations of vintage patterns, fabrics and cuts are, as well.

Along with the period dresses are period-style pumps and flats that complement the look, but mixing the classic dress with more modern accessories and overlays such as leather jackets or contemporary sweaters can personalize and improve on even the most striking and figure-flattering '50s fashion. Playing up the past is another way to make a statement, with hair styles and makeup inspired by the period. Some cosmetic companies even are embracing the look back with lipsticks and compacts befitting the past but made for the modern woman.

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