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1950’s fashion clothes and hairstyle

Le 6 novembre 2017, 03:47 dans Humeurs 0

In many ways, the 1950s took a big step back, especially for women. During World War II while the men were away, women began to gain an independence that was rare before the war. They left their homes to work in offices and factories, earning and managing their own money.


Clothing was heavily restricted throughout and just after the war. Everything from the length of skirts to the size of collars was regulated. This resulted in a slim, straight silhouette. Women wore comfortable clothing like suits and shirtdresses, and even began to regularly wear pants, especially to work.


The New Look which debuted in 1947, dominated the fashion world in 1950s; full skirt, small waist and rounded shoulder line. The iconic Merilyn Monroe’s image with a blowing skirt was shot during that fashion era – in 1954. Another 1950s look that you can easily replicate nowadays consists of peplum short jacket, pencil skirt, gloves and Perl necklace (correct me if I am wrong, but these attributes sound a lot like fashion trends 2012-2013!).



Petticoats & Full skirts:

full skirt

Wide circular or pleated skirts were worn with layers of petticoats to give lift and were prominent in both day and eveningwear. Always to mid calf - never shorter but maybe longer for eveningwear. Petticoats were several layers of net and generally starched for extra stiffness or frothy chiffon in eveningwear in vibrant colours of green, pink and yellow!


Pencil Skirts:


pencil skirt


A narrow, close fitting straight skirt sometimes call a ‘hobble’ skirt restricted women’s walking creating the wiggle look. Fell from natural waist with little excess fabric with a small black split at the back. Pencil line dresses were also very popular for all ages, being a very sophisticated look for more mature women worn with heels and plenty of accessories. (The wiggle dress looks fabulous with a swing coat.) A pencil skirt with a shirt or sweater and worn with flats is a more fun way of wearing the look. Again the skirt length is important - it must be calf length to look really 50s.


The Sweater Girl Look:

The tight sweater was born in the 40s and would remain popular throughout the 50s. Ironically, it's a little shocking to the modern eye as this look's aim was to emphasise a thrusting conical shaped bust and was invariably worn with a bullet bra. In actual fact, the modern rounded bust shape would have looked peculiar in the 50s - as everyone aimed for this shape bosom. Many vintage dresses accomodate for this shape in their makeup. The sweater evolved from turtleneck into the twin set - a 50s staple.



The Italian Cut


The Italian Cut


The popular Italian cut hairstyle emerged in the early 1950s, predominantly from the stars of Italian movies. Italian screen sirens Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren had the short and shaggy, yet sculptured hairstyle, featuring all over waves, soft curls and fluffy kiss curls. Elizabeth Taylor also adopted the Italian cut at one point.


Curled and Waved Short Hair


Curled and Waved Short Hair


Shorter hairstyles were popular with the young and old alike and hair could be worn in a variety of ways, but it would always feature soft waves and/or curls.

Many shorter styles tended to be quite straight and flat on the crown area, with the curls and waves concentrated around the mid-length to the ends of the hair. Curls would continue all around the hair, including the nape. Other shorter styles include the bubble cut, where the hair was teased into tight curls all over, and the poodle cut.

These shorter styles were worn throughout the decade, and the hair was kept ‘close to the head’ and compact in size. However, by the end of the decade, hair was being worn with more lift and volume – hair was getting ready for the birth of the modern bouffant and beehive.


Longer Hair and Ponytails


long hair poneytail


Audrey Hepburn ponytailWhile shorter hair is most commonly seen in the ’50s, some women had long hair, in particular teenagers, students and ‘Beat Girls’ like Bettie Page. Hair could be worn down, or tied back into a ponytail. If someone had a fringe, it would be a short fringe, as was fashionable then. 

Audrey Hepburn (pictured) wore her long hair in a pony with a short fringe in Funny Face (1957), possibly inspiring the popularity of this look. The high ponytail was a popular look for western teenagers, so much so that this popular hairstyle was seen on the early version of Barbie. The ponytail would often be tied with a scarf.

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Popular Silver Purple Hairstyle

Le 6 novembre 2017, 03:33 dans Humeurs 0

It's the unlikely hair trend of the year, but recently it's been everywhere. Silver hair hues are taking over social media, with bloggers (such as InTheFrow below), and celebrities alike giving grey a go. Hair stylists are noticing a rise in requests for this modern hair phenomena, and with some of the amazing looks we've spotted, we're really not surprised.


purple grey

Grey hair is not just for the young and hip however, as older celebrities have been embracing their grey locks for years now. Instead of dying roots and shying away from their grey hair, many have been embracing it instead, and we're loving it.


Purple Grey Layers

Purple Grey Layers

When you’re on the hunt for purple hairstyles that require little maintenance, this is arguably one of the best. The curls are free-flowing and slightly undone, giving the style a messy look that is perfect for a carefree day or a romantic date.


Purple Streaks

Purple Streaks

If you want to go grey like Jade, and you have dark hair, here's what Siobhan recommends: "Anyone wishing to go this colour must be aware that lightening your hair to this tone can weaken it, so the best products must be used to keep the hair looking healthy. Ask your in-salon colourist to check sensitivity of your hair before you go ahead. I used L'Oréal Professionnel Platinum plus pre lightener which is great as it contains beeswax which conditions the hair whilst lifting. Jade uses Kerastase Masquintense treatment at home and will be coming in for regular treatments in the salon. My favourite is Paul Mitchell Keratriplex Awapuhi wild ginger treatment which works on strengthening and hydrating."

Dusty Purple With Dusty Silver Ombre

Dusty Purple With Dusty Silver Ombre

Don’t be afraid to leave some of your bleached pieces blonde when you’re dying the rest purple. It will add a nice amount of dimension and keep things subtle but still extra rad. One reason you should try this look is because it gives you an excuse to color your hair again. Silver surprisingly works great with black roots. Add a bit of purple to create a crazy beautiful illusion to your style.

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4 dirty blonde hairstyles with highlights

Le 23 octobre 2017, 03:50 dans Humeurs 0

Thinking about dying your hair blonde conjures a multitude of images, from the subtlest blonde highlights to complete transformations through the bleaching process. But regardless of whether you want to go platinum blonde from a dark natural hair color or simply liven up already-blonde tresses, the pros at Matrix can answer your questions and help you have way more fun going blonde.

Tips On Going & Dying Your Hair Blonde

There are a multitude of different blonde hair color shades from which to choose; they run the gamut from the palest platinum to dark blonde highlights over a dark brown base. Each shade of blonde can even have a variety of sub-shades. Confusing? Perhaps. But here are a few rules of thumb to help:

Generally, it’s best to stay within two levels of your natural hair color when dying your hair blonde.Consider your skin tone. Are you fair, medium or dark skinned? Your complexion will affect how your hair looks when you go blonde.

Eye color matters when selecting the best blonde hair color for you. Some shades of blonde are best with blue, green or hazel eyes, while other blonde hues look best with big brown or black eyes.

What kind of image are you after? Do you want a natural, sun-kissed look? Or do you want in-your-face blonde style?

That said, when going blonde, there are all kinds of ways to break the rules. Regardless of what you’re looking for, remember that the most important thing to do when dying your hair blonde is to seek the help of your stylist. A good colorist knows how to dye any color of hair blonde, and can save you the grief of a bad outcome.


Here are the three basic blonde color categories that provide hair coloring ideas you can take with you to the salon, and tips on how to select your custom color.

Dirty Blonde Hair Color

Dirty blonde hair color is a medium-hued blonde with tones of wheat, or, well, “dirt” color strewn throughout. Consider this shade if you have green or brown eyes and a medium-toned skin. This look can be achieved through balayage or ombrè-style highlighting. 

Honey Blonde Hair Color

Honey blonde hair color is warm and shiny and looks best on medium skin tones with darker eye colors such as brown or black. Taylor Swift has personified honey blonde hair color. If you want to go honey blonde, ask your colorist to leave your darker roots intact and add honey-hued highlighting.

Bronze Creamy Blonde Hair Color

Bronze creamy blonde hair color is a warm, beachy-looking hue that is naturally lovely on medium, tawny complexions with light- to medium-shade eye colors such as blue, gray or light brown. Blake Lively’s wavy locks define this shade. To create the look, ask your colorist to add varying tones of honey highlights through your hair’s mid-length on top of a light brown base, keeping the ends ever-so-slightly lighter.

Silver Blonde Hair Color

Silver blonde hair color is a cool, ashy shade that moves blonde hair into a sterling hue. Best on lighter complexions and light eye colors such as blue or green, this shade is a fabulous option for naturally graying hair. For darker complexions or eye colors, add some warm honey tones to avoid looking washed out.

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