Styles of the 50s

Last September I was in one of those Halloween shops that open in malls everywhere and are gone without a trace by November 1.  I was looking at packaged costumes of 1950s’ styles, one for boys and one for girls.  I was puzzled by the pictures on the packages.  What was costume about them?  They looked normal to me.

Whenever I think of fifties styles for girls, I think of Juliet Calabro.  I don’t know why.  I didn’t even know her that well.  But I can see her forcefully striding down the hallway, right in front of the office.  Her hair is jet black and short.  She is wearing a full black skirt with black stockings and pumps. Her blouse is ivory with puffy long sleeves and a lacy front.  Is this image real or imagined?  I meant to ask her at the reunion.

When I think of fifties styles for boys, I think of Dick Raezer, but the reason this time is obvious.  He was arguably the sharpest dresser in our class.  Lets see if I got this right.  From the top down:  A powder blue link-button jacket with French-roll lapels.  A pink shirt with French cuffs and a Mr. B collar.  A purple Slim-Jim tie.  Navy blue thirteen-inch pegs with tunnel loops and a four-inch high rise.  A gold Swank key chain down to the knees.  Black brogues with pink socks.  If a top coat was needed, it was a Six-Button Benny, the best off the Robert Halls’ pipe rack.

What’s costume about that?

Roger Walck

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My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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