College of Arts and Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
casual dress, 1950s, style, fashion, modesty, New Look
Woolsey, Joanna, "The Casual Dress of the 1950s Woman and the Casual Dress of Today's Woman" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 846.
The casual dress of American women has changed dramatically from the 1950s to the present. In the 1950s, the style was undeniably feminine, with fitted waists and full skirts ending below the knee. The style of young women today has become significantly more casual and androgynous, with pants and leggings taking prevalence in casual wear. The style of dresses has also changed significantly, as has the standard of modesty. This work will discuss and evaluate the changes in casual dress from the 1950s to the present, including the influences on style in both time periods. The change from only wearing dresses to wearing mainly pants, the changes in dress designs, and the shift in the standard of modesty among young American women will be discussed.