50’s Fashion: Class and Sass


When contemplating fashion statements today, it is difficult to miss one generation’s impact on the everyday wear of the 21st century: the class and sass of the 1950s.

By: Matt Duschene and Taylor Ringenberg


Making her way from rags to riches through modeling and singing, Marilyn Monroe was Hollywood’s definition of sexy. She created her own style by favoring curve-accentuating outfits with pieces like pencil skirts and halter-tops. Adding fashionable garnishes—a silk scarf, white kitten heels and cat-eye shades—plus finding the perfect shade of red lipstick can help anyone compose the sexy Monroe manner.

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!” — Marilyn Monroe



An American icon, James Dean popularized the greaser look with his easygoing style of jeans, leather jackets and T-shirts. Departing from the preppy and tailored style of the early 20th century, Dean began a new era, making denim a symbol of rebellious youth. To implement Dean’s style, don’t be afraid to look a little careless. Although simple, Dean’s style is immortal. Never fear looking messy, as long as it’s done effortlessly.

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.” 

— James Dean


Moving between Europe and the U.S., Audrey Hepburn’s international identity was solidified through her appearance. That oh-so-desirable little black dress and large sunglasses are just the beginning to producing the fashion of one of the world’s classiest style icons. Other simplistic and modest attire, such as a white button-up shirt and flats, bring her look to life. However, a well-educated mind was Hepburn’s best accessory.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

— Audrey Hepburn



Dressing to the nines was Frank Sinatra’s specialty because he believed it was always better to overdress than underdress. Golden cuff links, a tilted fedora and expertly tailored suits were a staple for Sinatra. Not everyone can afford an Armani suit, but it is important to remember that the fit of any piece of clothing is vital. Implementing Sinatra’s style into a wardrobe today is not about copying the suit; it’s about remembering the details.

“You’ve either got or haven’t got style. If you’ve got it, you stand out a mile.”

Frank Sinatra


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