The 1950’s was such a great decade for illustration: sunny, warm images with a wonderful sense of fun and innocence and plenty of them are of farms. The image above is from a Dick and Jane school reader circle 1951. Dick and Jane are visiting their Grand Parent’s on their farm. I love the animals, the cheerful prints on the children dresses, the bottle green color of the car, and the dresses in the two ladies. It was images like this one that I was thinking of when I put together my 1950’s farm inspired outfit.
Tourist or Travel jackets, often called Mexican Jackets, were very popular in the 1950’s and had fun themes, usually countries or cities.
Girl In A Whirl stays true to the fun 50’s spirit of the jackets by creating jackets in any theme her customers desire. I asked her to make me a farm and chicken themed jacket similar to a skirt she had designed previously. She used turquoise wool for the jacket and felt and hand stitched details for the appliques. The result is incredible. A truly unique mid century inspired garment.
The Hey Day dress is a great basic style vintage dress. The dress is in their Judy style which is inspired by an actual 1950’s pattern for a simple classic house dress, the cheery chicken novelty print really gives it the perfect era appropriate edge.
For accessories I added a snood from Arthelia’s Attic. Technically snoods are a 1940s accessory but I’m sure some ladies still had them in their wardrobes in the post war era. They are incredibly practical when your no whiz at vintage hair (that’s me). Arthelia makes the best. The bow detailing is my favorite part.
And there you have it a fun and cheery 1950’s spring outfit!