Women dressed “smartly’ in the Fifties. 1950s Fashion Women’s Dresses were all about good grooming and a tailored look, these attributes were prized. Acting and looking “every inch the lady” was taught virtually from the cradle and wearing a dress was a given.
Notice our first lady has heels and gloves. This was required to complete the look.
The dress at left, a summery afternoon floral, has what was called fashion a swing skirt. This very popular style had many forms, including the poodle skirt.