The 1950s brought us a lot of things that we still love today. There were the classic cars, the UFO-inspired architecture and furniture (fun fact: that style is called “Googie” design really), and plenty of great music.
And if you were a girl during those times, you might remember the full, swinging skirts with cute appliqus, popularly known as “poodle skirts.”
The cinched waist and full skirt was the silhouette of the era, and the skirts and dresses came in all kinds of styles and patterns. But the poodle skirt becameiconic, so much so that it’s become the standard image when we imagine a quintessential ’50s gal.
These circle skirts were decorated cloth cut-outs that were sewn or ironed on. They could be simple silhouettes or complex designs, and sometimes even letters.
The skirts were a favorite with teen girls, who paired them with sweaters,and appliqud skirts also became popular with adult women, but usually with more subtle, less cutesy designs.
But where did the fashion statement come from? Why is it the one we remember so well today? And if you were a fan, is there a way to rock a poodle patch in the 21st century? (Short answer: yes.)
Take a walk back through time and see how the poodle skirt came to be, and how it’s evolved over time!