There’s nothing quite like the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood: swinging day dresses, elegant evening gowns, and timeless wiggles. It’s no wonder appreciation for the fashion of this time period is continuously growing, and the gals of 1950s Glam are delving into it with a slightly modern twist.
1950s Glam is run by two lovely ladies out of Sydney, Australia who love the glitz and glamour of 1940s, 50s, and 60s fashion. Inspired by the gorgeous patterns of those times, they set out to find garments that give you an authentic pinup silhouette without all the shape wear underneath. In doing so, they support independent brands and manufacturers all around the world.
The Beachlover dress is another perfect example of the classic 1950s New Look full-skirted dress, which is the most iconic dress style from the beginning of the decade. It ranged widely from sweetheart necklines to bertha collars, puffed sleeves to dolman sleeves and wrap tops to halters. In essence, there was no one style that signified the New Look dress, making it all the more fun to collect as many variations as possible.
Although the Beachlover most closely resembles the New Look dress, it also has the characteristic front buttons of the Shirtwaist dress, another staple of the 1950s. The buttons would extend a bit below the waist for easy removal, while the hips would continue out to form a full gathered circle skirt.
Like the shirtwaist dress, the Beachlover is easy to put on and easy to move in, thanks to it’s elastic back and lack of zipper. With the buttons undone, the halter top fits easily over the head, ensuring that you don’t disturb your freshly brushed set, which is important when you spend so much time perfecting your locks. The skirt is full of fabric, giving you enough room to fit a fluffy petticoat underneath for a bit of flare.
The elastic waist not only makes it easy to slip into and out of the dress, but it allows the fabric a good deal of stretch. Generally speaking, I’m a size M across the board, but I fit comfortably into a size S (and with room to spare in the waist). For reference, my measurements are 36″- 28″. The Beachlover dress is available in sizes S-XL, but be sure to check the size chart because you’ll most likely need to size down. For those of you who need a larger size, there is a plus size glam section, too.
You can purchase the Beachlover dress for $75 USD. The website allows you to change currency if you’re located outside of Australia and shipping is free. Yes, you read that correctly. Shipping is free worldwide. They also offer hassle-free 60 day returns and exchanges if for any reason you’re unsatisfied (but I doubt you will be).
Dress: Beachlover Halter 50s Dress c/o 1950s Glam | Shoes: Beaufort Beauty Sandal in Crimson – Modcloth | Belt: Lindy Bop | Necklace: Red Bead Necklace – Splendette | Earrings: Novelty Red Lobster Earrings – Luxulite
Special thanks to Isabella from 1950s Glam for this glamorous opportunity.