Rock 'n' Roll

Also known as Rockabilly - Teddy Boy clothing was drape jackets, usually in dark shades, sometimes with velvet trim collar and pocket flaps; high-waist "drainpipe" trousers, often showing brightly coloured socks.

Favoured footwear was chunky brogues, large crepe-soled shoes, often suede (known as brothel creepers), or pointed boots known as winkle pickers.

High-necked loose collar on a white shirt (known as a Mr B. collar because it was often worn by jazz musician Billy Eckstein); a narrow Slim Jim tie, and a brocade waistcoat.

 Preferred hairstyles included long, strongly-moulded greased-up hair with a quiff at the front and the side combed back to form a duck's butt at the rear. Another style was the Boston, in which the hair was greased straight back and cut square across at the nape.

Bowties and glitz jackets were worn by males to dances. Bill Haley was one who promoted this fashion. Males who wore bowties were making a different kind of statement to the Teddy Boys

The poodle skirt. This is the look most associated with the Fifties. Young women wore them. A poodle skirt is a wide swing skirt with a poodle appliquéd or transferred onto the fabric. Poodles were not the only items used to adorn these skirts, they are just the best remembered. The poodle skirt was worn with wide belt, blouse with stand up collars, small triangle neck scarf ,¾ to full sleeves,.colourful petticoats, booby socks and saddle shoes.A young woman might wear a halter top in summer. The look was still very discreet and unlike today, no belly buttons are showing, Hemlines were to the knee or just below it. For girls, the look was full skirt dresses, swing skirts with blouse and cardigan , flats or low heels and ponytails. It was an exaggerated version of the adult’s 50’s look with a girlie edge.


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