Mid Century

The 1950s ushered in a “new look” in fashion.  Now that WWII was over, Paris fashions were available to U.S. again, and the plain and rather severely styled Victory suits of the 1940s were abandoned in favor the “A” line dress that elegantly stated, “Look at me, I’m beautiful!”  The full skirt and feminine design flattered women of all shapes and sizes.  Accessories were color coordinated from earrings to shoes and costume jewelry production grew to meet the new demand for jewelry to go with every outfit.  Pearls, rhinestones, crystals and plastics were all incorporated.  Jewelry parures, or sets including necklace, bracelet, brooch and earrings were offered at prices affordable to women of all classes.  As the economy improved, social occasions grew. Dancing, dining out, going to the theatre, the country club, card parties, and other popular past times meant “seeing and being seen” necessitating proper attire.