The 1940s through ‘60s were golden years of fashion for women with curves. It was a time when women with fuller chests and hips were celebrated, rather than told they needed to slim down. Not surprisingly, some of the most iconic moments in fashion history happened during that time, and many of the most famous high-end design houses really stepped into the limelight.
Here are six of my favorite outfit combinations that are inspired by the golden age of fashion. They’re flattering, fun, and timeless — and will always look amazing on a girl with curves.
The “cinched waist” was especially popular in the 1950s, and a full midi skirt like this one is a perfect way to pull off the look. Pair it with a form-fitting top to balance the skirt’s volume and keep the overall lines clean.
The sheath dress was especially popular in the 1960s, with its collar-grazing top and body-hugging lower half. A modern take is to try the same cut with a lace overlay — it adds a bit of understated sexiness to an otherwise modest dress. Pair with point-toe heels to lengthen your legs.
A cropped cardigan was a major staple in the ‘40s and ‘50s, but it can sometimes look frumpy when worn alone. To make it look modern and elegant, try a peplum blouse underneath — the extra fabric makes it look more feminine and instantly elongates the overall shape.
Varsity sweaters occasionally resurface as a trend piece, but I think they’re eternally classic! To make yours look a little more hip and edgy, pair it with a laidback scoop-neck tee, ripped skinny jeans, and fashion sneakers. It’s a perfect look for travel and the weekend.
The belted shirt dress was a constant go-to for women in the ‘40s through ‘60s, and for good reason — it’s a polished look that you can just throw on and go with. Choose an interesting pattern like a fun floral or gingham, and keep the rest of your accessories simple, so the shape and pattern can do the work.
This combo is a total 1940s throwback and it will never cease to be on point! I love the look of high-waist tapered pants with a simple button-down blouse because it shows off my curves in all the right places and hits the perfect balance between dressy and casual. The perfect workweek go-to — dress it up with a blazer or down with a denim jacket.