Dolores's interest in fashion history dates from her teenage years when vintage apparel was widely available in thrift stores. Women's fashions of the s reflected a complicated mix of conservatism and glamor: a girl-next-door freshness as well as alluring femininity. Women who had lived through the privations of the Great Depression and World War II were now able to afford new styles and embraced them all, from the elegance of grand, sweeping skirts to shorts and trousers. An hourglass figure dominated the look of the s. With cinched-in waistlines and accentuated hips and busts, the style was a decidedly mature one. Despite the mature, conservative look of major designers, a new feeling for casual attire crept onto the scene, as women increasingly began to wear pants, shorts, sportswear, and shoulder-revealing sundresses.
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To achieve the desired fit and look of clothes on the outside, it was important to have the correct garments underneath to push up or flatten down areas of the body that needed to be pushed or flattened. The many styles of lingerie include bras, panties, slips, petticoats , girdles, stockings , and garters. Strapless, longline and bullet bras were among some of the most popular, just to name a few. The s silhouette demanded bigger busts to balance out the required big hips.
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The '50s era represented a return to fashion for women. After World War II ended, and the men returned home, women wanted to look glamorous and sophisticated. Ladies wore hats and white gloves.