Wednesday, September 2, 2015

1950s Sportswear: Paddle & Saddle Summer Separates

Vintage women's spring and summer sportswear during the 1950's opened new ideals for leisure fashion. Pants in all forms became an option to a cotton sun dress as women played sports and sunned on their vacations and at home on the weekends. These were often designed as separates with matching details like the the two outfits shown here by "Paddle and Saddle".

The halter and shorts set is a simple design, with an accent edge of bias cut gingham check to spice up the look.

For the girl who wanted more coverage, a playful vest with pedal pushers is also cut from gingham check. Both of these outfits were probably easy to launder and could be worn with other separates in a girl's wardrobe, to maximize her options.  Notice the strappy sandals, a style that continues to be worn today.

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