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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fashion Favorites from the Fifties

I loved the tiny waists and full skirts of the fifties. My grandmothers and their sisters and friends told me that the ideal waistline for Filipinas back then was 18 inches -- and many of them did have 18-inch waistlines in their teens!

My (maternal) Lola told me about how she and her friends showed off the petticoats underneath their dresses or skirts as they danced. The more layers of petticoats you had, the better. They were available in different styles, made of different fabrics such as chiffon, lace, taffeta and even organdy.

We haven't found pictures of my Lola in her party dresses yet, but my mom told me that Lola's looked like the ones above. It's amazing how they were able to stand the heat in the Philippines with all those layers! Well, you know what they say: no pain, no gain!

Too bad we can't wear those petticoats for nights out these days. If you're having a debut, however, you can definitely get a dress made to match a Fifties Glam theme. You can also wear one to your Prom or Grad Ball. Oh, and how about a Fifties Wedding Theme?

Hey, it's never too late to revive the oldies but goodies, especially in the fashion scene. Who knows, maybe we'll even be able to wear them to Eastwood again in a few years! And I'm not joking. Fashion can be very unpredictable.

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