In many ways, the 1950s took a big step back, especially for women.
Fashion in the 1950s was exciting and diverse. There were new colours, fresh silhouettes and different style options for different personalities. It is especially beloved for its chic style and playful looks.
Key designs for the decade included dresses with cinched waists, pencil skirts, poodle skirts, gingham and polka dot garments, cropped sweaters and cardigans, and much more. The key shape for the decade was a feminine, exaggerated hourglass silhouette.
So what fashion styles of middle-aged women in this period looked like? Just check out these old snapshots to see.