Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Columns

November 27, 2013

Retro: everything old is new again

Retro fashions from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s are seeing sales today that rival those from the decades of their origin.

If you fall into the over 50 crowd, you will remember exactly where these trends originated – and if you don’t, let me refresh your memory.

Undoubtedly the images on the ‘silver screen” have influenced the world of fashion heavily. The leather jacket, though quite tame by today’s standards, was once synonymous with rebellion and living on the edge. In 1953, “The Wild One” starring Marlon Brando as the leader of a biker gang set the standard for masculine dressing with his Perfecto black motorcycle jacket. It would continue to stand as the epitome of “cool” for years to come as it was worn by major Hollywood stars from Gary Cooper to Harrison Ford.

Often referred to as the “Fabulous ‘50s”, Americans seemed determined to leave the war years of the ‘40s behind and charge headlong into the new decade. Women were now juggling both work at home and a job, and this new surge into the work place required a new type of wardrobe. Skirts, both pencil straight and gathered at the waist, fitted dresses with Peter Pan collars and pointed top shoes filled closets of the ‘50s “working Mom.”

The controversial spaghetti strap dress, banned by some institutions for being immodest, was camouflaged for daytime with a cardigan sweater, only to be flaunted when the sun set. Teenage girls followed their mother’s need for fashion with two-piece sweater sets, cuffed jeans, Capri pants, poodle skirts, and the more crinolines the better.

To many the 1960s stand as one of the most influential fashion decades of the 20th century. The early part of the ‘60s found America captivated by the style and grace of First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Her designer pastel suits and pillbox hats for day wear and full skirted evening gowns for State affairs were quickly translated into affordable fashion for the masses. In the mid-’60s Stiletto heels {ouch!} replaced comfortable shoes, everywhere you looked was the color ORANGE, and men’s ties were wider than many of the bikinis tops on the beach.

Text Only
Columns
  • Polarization, part III: decisions on 'political speech' Editor’s note: This is the third and last in a series on political polarization. Do the recent Supreme Court decisions in Citizens’ United and McCutcheon, both regarding campaign-finance reform, contribute to political polarization? Or do they enhanc

    July 10, 2014

  • Obama's abuse of Executive Authority It’s been a wild couple weeks in Washington for the separation of powers.First, Speaker John Boehner announced that the House plans to sue the president for violating his oath of office by failing to enforce the law and making his own laws without th

    July 10, 2014

  • opn-gb071014 Hamilton column headshot Are we doomed to polarization? We face complex problems. To find solutions, we must be willing to exercise the values of representative democracy: tolerance, mutual respect, accepting ideological differences, working to build consensus.We Americans are trapped in a political dilem

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • A Libertarian perspective: Ties that bind Sometimes revolutions begin in the most humble of places. Last Easter my three year old grandson took a stand against wearing a tie to church. He was going up against his mother and father, presently accepted norms, and a couple thousand years of fas

    July 10, 2014

  • Pat Smith: The retiree mental fitness evaluation It’s not every day that a person learns that she might be getting a bunch of money. Of course, I’ll try not to change and become snobbishly and arrogantly pretentious.Here’s the story: As anyone who has ever lived in a very old home knows, the chance

    July 9, 2014

  • Storage wars: Not every locker is a pot of gold Don’t we just love them? Calvin (the thrift store owner), Jarrod and Brandi (the enthusiastic young married couple), Darrell (the storage auction veteran) and Rene and Casey (the German couple who ruled season 5.) Each week they step into our homes a

    July 9, 2014

  • Political Polarization: Part II Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series.“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.”— John AdamsWhen asked what the Founders created in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin replied: “A Republic, madam; if you

    July 8, 2014

  • Financial hardships mount for military families Days before the July 4th holiday, Holly Petraeus stood on the steps of the imposing Indiana War Memorial, in front of a bank of cameras, and made a plea to military families: Don’t let pride stand in the way of asking for help. It was a striking mess

    July 8, 2014

  • New laws benefiting Hoosier families The beginning of July has taken on new meaning since I first began serving as your state representative. Not only does it signify the start of a new month, it also represents when many new laws take effect in Indiana. As a continuous advocate for chi

    July 8, 2014

  • Thankful for our veterans' sacrifice On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, giving birth to a new nation. To Great Britain and the rest of the world, the U.S. proclaimed itself the proud home of free people. Since that day, on more than one occasion, this freedom h

    July 8, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale CDC Addresses Lab Safety Problems Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Mass. Mayor: Families Lost Everything in Fire Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.