Wear Poodle Skirts and Bring Back the 50s

Filed under: Fashion in the 50s - 28 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

Today’s society puts a lot of emphasis on looks and teaches us that the physical appearance is very important and has a powerful influence on every aspect of our lives. Women take this particularly serious and always try to look as good as possible. This automatically means being fashionable, since looks are all about what you wear on the outside. Fashion is one of the most developed industries in the world. While new designers and trends appear every day, the recent years have shown a “return to tradition” trend that more and more women are approaching. If you are appealed by the 1950s and you want to dress like women used to those days, then you must wear poodle skirts.

Following World War II, fashion was characterized by the resurgence of haute couture. Since the austerity of the war years was over, women started to dress in a more feminine way and leave square shoulders and short skirts behind. These clothing items were replaced by the soft femininity of the New Look silhouette created by the legendary Christian Dior, which was characterized by sweeping longer skirts, fitted waist, and rounded shoulders. This is how the poodle skirt grew in popularity. The skirt was created by Juli Lynne Charlot and was a big hit in the 1950s in the United States. This type of skirt is actually a wide swing felt skirt of a solid bold color displaying a design appliquéd or transferred to the fabric. As the most common design was a coiffed French poodle, this is how the skirt got its name. Other designs included flamingos, hot rod cars, and flowers.

The poodle skirt shortly became a hit and is still considered to be one of the most memorable symbols of the 1950s Americana. Movie stars and celebrities were constantly seen wearing poodle skirts, which were also featured in numerous magazines and ads. Nowadays, the skirt is frequently worn as a novelty retro item. If you are passionate or nostalgic about the 50s and you want to bring them back, then you should definitely wear poodle skirts. Luckily, a similar design of these skirts has been brought back to the designers’ attention and has become quite popular in the recent years. The new skirt models are very similar to the classic one, the only difference being that the modern model is shorter in length. If you want to recreate an outfit from the 50s, then wearing a poodle skirt is an excellent idea.

Do-It-Yourself Poodle Skirts Costumes

Filed under: Do It Yourself - 06 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

We all know what poodle skirts are. Back in the 50s a girl was nobody unless she owned a poodle skirt. Now they actually have ways to make your own skirt. You can make it look just like the ones in the 1950s. You can get one for you or your daughter. You can wear them for Halloween or just for fun. We all like to dress up every now and then I know I do. Here are some easy steps you need to follow in order to make your own poodle skirt right in the comfort of your home.

There are some materials you need in order to make your own poodle skirt. You can buy the fabric at Walmart or any fabric store around. The next thing you will need is the little iron on poodle that goes on the skirt. You will also need the ruffles that go up under the skirt to make it wavy and a little puffy to make it look like you are wearing a poodle skirt and not just a regular skirt with the poodle on it. You will also need the saddle shoes and the poodle socks or just plain white ankle socks to make your outfit complete. You can buy these things online and you can go to your local fabric shop and buy them there. However, you need to know how much material you use, as not to have too much or too little. Make all the necessary measurements you need so that you can hand it to the store and they can cut that amount.

Next you will need to bring the fabric home and then either you sew it up or you get someone who knows how to do it too. If you do not know how to sew or you do not know anyone who does know how to sew then you should take the fabric to a seamstress. You will need to sew the ruffle part to the regular fabric. Then you will need to sew the fabric to look like a skirt. Then from there you will need to get the iron on poodle and iron it on. After that, the poodle skirts should be done. You can then either make you own shirt or you can buy on. Just buy the scarf, the shoes, and the socks that way, you poodle skirt costume will be complete.