Fashion comes around in full circle. In the industry, we find inspiration from different eras of time. You’ll hear the 90’s are back. Such as, designers would take references of the layered cami or the flannel shirt, reinterpreting it to a modern day style without looking like stepping out of a Nirvana’s concert.
For today’s look, I travelled back in time to the 1950’s. I was always fascinated with mid century modern fashion. Hourglass silhouette, voluminous skirts, soft shoulders and matching accessories were all iconic.
With this outfit, I was inspired to create a 1950’s style for present day. To keep it modern, the key is to take elements from the era and add updated pieces, so I don’t look like I’m wearing a costume.
The full skirted dress is one of the most iconic silhouettes during the period. I’m wearing one with extra folds on the skirt creating more volume to the bottom portion. I love the double button details and mini stripe pattern, keeping it fresh and updated.
In the 50’s a cropped fitted sweater would be paired backed with a similar dress. Instead I wore an oversized cashmere chunky cardigan treated it as a coat, or third piece. I used a wide belted over the sweater to create an hour glass shape, by cinching in the waist.
Added a few fall appropriate accessories, especially this giant plaid scarf giving a graphic appeal. The colors work perfectly altogether with the dress. The cognac color crossbody bag is perfect in shape and practicality. A structured piece that balances this soft feminine look.
I wore a pair of burgundy patent pointy kitten heels for smooth texture. The shape is ultra modern. I can’t forget my signature fishnet anklets I wore with these shoes. The dusty pink color going back to the burgundy both compliment well.
This is by far one of my fave fall looks. From the neutral colors with light shades of cognac, ivory, beige, burgundy, dusty pink and turquoise, the color palette is subtle and easily transitional. Creating this 1950’s look was spontaneous and easy. I hope you get inspired to create your own from your fave fashion era.
Photos by Jason Tang
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