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Fashion Files: Autumn Look Book – Ladylike Chic

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Welcome to another issue of the Fashion Files, this time I’m taking a closer look at the resurgence of the 1950s and 60s. The TV series Mad Men has given us an insight into the advertising world of yesteryear – and  the fabulous fashion that went with it.  During this era, women were women – feminine and very sexy.  She could be the housewife and the bombshell with one flick of red lipstick and some killer heels. This time she’s come back around with a modern twist. Ladies celebrate the return of ‘the woman’. This guide is going to help you add some 1950s and 60s  glamour to your everyday look.

The key items in this trend are skirts, dresses and prim tailoring. But who said this had to be boring? Bright prints and killer accessories definitely bring this style up to date.

The Housewife

Calf length, full circle skirts were the highlights at Prada and Louis Vuitton shows.  Nipped in waists do wonders for creating a perfect hour glass figure. Think thick wool blend skirts in pastel shades and light patterns. Great for when the weather gets colder, keeping you warm and fabulous at the same time. Think floral prints that suggest homemaker and add some modern touches to keep it fresh.

The Bombshell

This is by far the one image that sticks out when people think of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was the quintessential bombshell with her waspy waist and killer curves.  Although the skirts were longer, the silhouette could still be sexy.  Think of skirts that are straight, high waisted, below-the-knee with a kick pleat or slit at the back. Shift dresses are perfect, but they must be fitted, clinched at the waist with a wide belt but still skimming the figure. This season Country Casuals has come up trumps with plenty of ladylike inspiration. Their Petit Ponteroma dress is sure to win admiring glances.


A killer bag is an essential, preferably one that matches your ensemble. Clasp and padlock bags are all the rage at the moment and they can certainly finish the look. River Island has a selection that will please just about anyone. Fabulous jewellery is always a must. Unlike the bold and bash earrings of now, muted is the word. The ’50s and ’60s woman prefers simple jewellery to work alongside her outfit.

We can celebrate. Ladies skyscraper heels are no longer in vogue. Kitten heels are the perfect complement to shift dresses as they give the right amount of height and add simple sophistication. This pair from River Island are my favourites, great for work and play. Finally add some hot shades ‘Jackie O’ style and your transformation will be complete. I recommend the wonderful ‘browline’ style by Ray Ban sunglasses to make an entrance. So Ladies, here’s some key tips on how to get this look working for you. You could do 1950s from head to toe or borrow one element, such as a bag or dress to update your look. Either way, you will definitely get noticed. Next time I’ll be looking closely at how to do the effortless cool of the 1970s. Until next time stay fabulous!

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