1950s Fashion on a Budget

Are you inspired by 1950’s pinup fashion and want to recreate the style for yourself? Well look no further! After religiously studying & observing vintage 50’s & 60’s films, here is the complete guide for dressing retro chic on a budget.

Vintage Accessories

For instant 50’s style, accessorise with cat eye sunglasses (like the ones below), a simple white t-shirt or jumper, jeans, casual pumps or heels.

For a touch of rocker flair, don a leather jacket. To get glam style with a peplum jacket or blazer.

Get your cat eye sunglasses here:

If the cat eye style is not for you, why not try the bug eye lenses like Audrey Hepburn? Go for glamour with this pair:

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Hollywood icons

When you think of 1950’s fashion, images of Grease or Marilyn Monroe may come to mind.

If you watch Marilyn’s or Audrey Hepburn’s classic films, you may come realise that their outfits aren’t so difficult to replicate.

Think figure hugging skirts, dresses below the knee, fitted collared tops and a line skirts. These are easy to find anywhere on high street and inside resell charity shops.

You can achieve a 50’s style outfit easily with the right fit of clothes in simple colours.

1950s Makeup

If you want to keep it half modern, half retro, pair a modern a-line/pencil skirt with a keyhole top and cropped fitted cardigan. For makeup, add red lips and winged eyeliner. A look that is simple, yet effective.

Switch it up and wear a 50’s inspired skirt (with retro print) and a block coloured vest top and cropped blazer.

Go as authentic as you want. Makeup trends are always coming around and there are so many tutorials on YouTube. If 50’s hair is not your style, then try just the makeup or vice versa. Perfect!

Vintage Shopping

 For those that love authentic retro pieces, you probably already know about the wonders of vintage and charity shops.

My only tip is to try visit as many as you can (online too). Oxfam’s website has a great selection of vintage fashion.

Of course eBay, clothing swap sites and car boot sales are good sources as well. Some of you may even have family who have kept hold of their vintage pieces.

DIY all the way!

It doesn’t have to be too difficult or expensive.

For example you may really like the cute skirts with the poodle in the corner from Grease, but want it in your favourite colours or to save money. You can cut out the shape you want from spare fabric and sew or hot glue it to a skirt you already have. A hot glue gun runs for £5 pounds at Tiger!

There you have it, simple tips for when you are feeling 50’s inspired on a budget.


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