Soda Pop Shop: '50s Dresses, Shoes & Accessories for Modern Women
Fashion these days seems to be the same rotation of trends over and over. Some of those trends include the '50s look, but why let it be a fading trend? Let's learn how to incorporate the rockin' '50s style into our wardrobe on a year-long basis.
Soda Fountain Shops were big in the '50s, and the young women would get dressed up for dates at the Soda Pop Shops. Big circle skirts adorned with fuzzy poodles, shiny black and white saddle shoes, and hair high in ponytails. Guys would show up with slicked back hair in pompadours, worn leather jackets, and crisp white t-shirts underneath. Why not emulate some of that classic and funky '50s style? Add a bit of rockabilly into your life with the Soda Pop Shop look!
Where to Find '50s Dresses
Circle skirts, gingham, and shirt dresses were all staples of the 1950s and definitely items that were worn to Soda Pop Shops on a daily basis. But where can we find these quintessential '50s pieces these days? Actually, we have many options to choose from.
1. Make your own.
Many times I have found that the stores did not carry the types of '50s dresses that I was longing for, so you know what I did? I made my own! A lot of young women are learning how to sew so that they can create their own unique style, so why not give it a try for the perfect '50s dresses too? Look for vintage patterns online (try Etsy, eBay, Rusty Zipper, etc.), and then give it a go! There are many wonderfully informative YouTube videos showing a beginner how to start sewing with patterns.
2. Search for real vintage.
Remember that in addition to making your own '50s-style dresses, you can search for authentic vintage garments in various places. Vintage is a huge trend that I don't believe will be going out of style any time soon. There are vintage boutiques in pretty much every city, plus there are some great places online to shop. Those might include: rustyzipper.com, mybabyjo.com, etsy.com, spanishmossvintage.com, and nastygalvintage.com. The amount of money you're willing to spend is going to determine which website you like best for real vintage.
Another option is to go thrifting (shopping in thrift stores) or yard sale-ing (shopping at yard and estate sales). Believe it or not, sometimes you can find some amazingly gorgeous vintage clothing at estate and yard sales (I've gotten real vintage '50s dresses for a quarter apiece!)
3. Find vintage-like '50s dresses.
If sewing and thrifting aren't your thing, why not just search for dresses that look like they're from the '50s but are brand new? So many shops and boutiques are selling retro-style clothing these days that it's almost hard to go anywhere to shop without seeing retro or vintage-like clothing for sale.
First, try out your typical shops such as Forever 21, JCPenney, and the like. You never know what you might find. If you have a good idea as to what Soda Pop Shop and '50s dresses looked like back then, you'll have no problem with finding dresses that are similar now! Also check out some of the great online pin-up clothing boutiques: pinupgirlclothing.com, babygirlboutique.com, bettiepageclothing.com, stopstaringclothing.com, etc.
50s Shoes: Classic and Cute!
Whenever I think of '50s Soda Pop Shops, I automatically think of those black and white leather saddle shoes—how about you? You can wear the saddle shoes from the '50s or incorporate some '50s flair into your shoe collection without going completely over-the-top black and white leather and shoelaces!
Try some of these '50s shoes on for size (or style):
- Kitten heels
- Summer espadrilles and wedges
- Classy closed-toe pumps
- Penny loafers
- Sling-back pumps
- Peep-toe sandals
Where do we find these rockin' '50s shoes that will go well with a modern woman's wardrobe? Easy peasy!
Here are some options with shopping for vintage '50s shoes:
- Thrift shops
- Yard sales
- Estate sales
- Consignment shops
- Vintage boutiques
But you don't have to go real vintage with your '50s shoes if you don't want to. Almost every shoe store sells shoes that are reminiscent of the past—particularly of the '40s and '50s. Try DSW for kitten heels and sexy pin-up style pumps, and Pay Less for cute and bright Summer Espadrilles and wedges. And the penny loafers? Well, any type of simple leather loafer will work well as a substitute for the originals!
The Hippest '50s Accessories for Women
No '50s look would be complete without the appropriate '50s accessories. You can't have the '50s dress and shoes without the perfect hair flower and jewelry, can you?
Here are some ideas for '50s accessories that you could add to those classic '50s dresses:
- Hair flower accessories
- Vintage earrings
- Rose and anchor necklaces
- Bangle bracelets
- Cameo pins (these look too cute on cardigans)
- wicker handbags
- Lucite handbags
- Vintage clutches
- Gloves (to match your handbag and shoes, of course)
- Vintage hats
- Fishnet stockings
- Vintage pantyhose
- Gingham and checkered scarves
Don't forget the red lipstick, black eyeliner, and pink/red blush to finish off your sexy retro look. All the boys at the Soda Pop Shop will be drooling over you, cool lady!
Which of the options below would you wear?
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