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 I have an evening gown from the late 50's. It is strapless, about shin length and I have a matching scarf/shawl. I am pretty sure that when
it was worn in the 50's, it was worn with a petticoat. Is it recommended that I wear a petticoat?


  Wear your dress with a petticoat if it's a costume party or you're going to a 50s theme party and you want to aim for the correct period look of a full, flowing skirt. Otherwise, most 50s dresses can be worn alone and still have a graceful line. Note: Horsehair braid was added to make petticoats stand out even more in the 50s...girls used starch, sugar water, anything to achieve the desired fullness.

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Answered On:
1/3/2003 10:59:20 PM


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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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