Happy Halloween from Thrifty Vintage Kitten!

I hope all your little ghosts and goblins have a fun and safe holiday!

(And if you’re like me…you’ll be stealing some of your child’s chocolate later this evening! Boo-ya!)

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Christy

I recently came across the book, Everyday Fashions of the Fifties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs, by JoAnn Olian at my local library.

Side note: To those of you not using your library, you’re totally missing out. Shelves and shelves of books! For free! Genius.

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some vintage Sears catalogs, but since the thrifting gods have not smiled down on me in that respect yet, here is the next best thing. Glossy pages full of 1950s clothing for men, women, and children all neatly tied up in one book. The book takes you through the entire decade from start to finish. I have a real soft spot for the fifties. There’s something so pure and ideological about that time period. As the author so perfectly states in the introduction of the book, “To leaf through the pages of a 1950s Sears catalog is to be transported into a Norman Rockwell vision of middle-class America with “clean-cut” young men, “ladylike” women, and “girl next door” teens.” I’m much too young to have come anywhere near that decade, yet I often find myself longing for the simplicity of those times.

I’d like to do a couple of posts on this book (I also picked up the 1940s and 1960s volumes), but I’ll start today with 1950s kids clothing. Is there anything more adorable than a 1950s ruffled sun suit, like the one shown below? And the vintage Mickey Mouse? Love.

Vintage 1950s Sears Catalog

Suspender skirts! I seem to have a lot of luck finding these for my shop.

Vintage 1950s Sears Catalog

Adorable car coats. Still such a classic look.

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Those swimsuits! The one with the removable skirt…so chic.

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“Walt Disney Official Davy Crockett” So wholesome! A far cry from today’s superhero costumes.

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I love the way copywriters wrote back then…”Skillfully made and gaily detailed with all kinds of pretty trimming. Imagine such lavish use of fine cotton at Sears modest prices!”

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Denim Dungarees…for, you know, when you need to rake some hay on the farm.

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These costumes are so precious. Roy Rogers, western wear, and baseball uniforms. Playtime was so fun.

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Vintage 1950s Sears Catalogs

Aren’t these pages super fun? I love flipping through the past. I wish so badly I could order a few of these things now! Just wait until I post about the 1950s cocktail dresses. Such glamour! What do you think about these clothes? Aren’t they adorable? As always, Thrifty Vintage Kitten is always fully stocked with 1950s kids clothes! You can find items just like the ones found on these Sears catalog pages!

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Christy

 

Rear Window

James Stewart and Grace Kelly in “Rear Window,” 1954

 

I’m back today with more great retro Halloween costume ideas. This time I’m focusing on the 1950s. The 50s had some really iconic TV show characters stemming from shows like, Leave it to Beaver, The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and Father Knows Best. And as far as movies go, films like, Rear Window, Some Like It Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Dial M For Murder offer up a bunch of really incredible costume ideas. Leave your ‘sexy cop’ costume for someone else. These demur 1950s frocks are classy, classic, and guarantee a best costume contest win.

Let’s start with a 1950’s TV mom. TV moms of the 1950s did it all! They kept their homes tidy, were always available to offer comforting hugs and helpful advice, and put dinner on the table every night–all while wearing a dress. I wonder how they’d feel about the yoga pant invasion of today? (I have to be real for a moment…how do you scrub a floor in a dress? Thank god for leggings.)

 

Donna Reed

Donna Reed in “The Donna Reed Show”, 1958

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