Many blouses were sleeveless or had very short sleeves.
1950s Blouses: Image courtesy of Mc Call's By the late 1950s, the long, slim look had returned.
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World War II had ended but the world felt far from safe, between the new war in Korea, frightening talk of the Communist menace, and the threat of nuclear war.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, men "called upon" young women whom they fancied by (with the permission of her parents) visiting her home.
The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like Grease and Pleasantville and television shows like Happy Days, The Donna Reed Show, and Leave It to Beaver.
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They were hungry for some recognition of their generation, some validation, and when it came, they embraced it.
Momentum started to build as this generation developed their own image and style, combined with the purchasing power of an increasingly influential demographic.
Unpadded, rounded shoulders, shapely bust lines, closely-defined waistlines, and fully, billowy skirts define the new, more feminine wardrobe.
Blouses, jeans, and long, narrow skirts were also quite popular.Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up." With the advent of new technologies (e.g., cell phones, instant messaging, video chatting, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, "dating" has become a more open and self-interpreted institution over the century.