Classic Looks Stay Cool
Classic looks stay coo 1950s and '60s fashions make a comeback just in time for Hot August Nights BY SlOBHAN MCANDREW smcandrewrgj.com Scarves, pedal pushers and circle skirts aren't just for sock hops anymore. With Hot August Nights rolling in to town this week, you are going to see your share of people donning outfits reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s. But, look a little closer and those same styles are back in style. Macy's and Dillard's department stores are bursting at the seams with dresses that seem to scream ladies who lunch. Forget boring black, and check out the psychedelic prints and polka dots on everything from bedspreads and headbands to shirts and dresses. And you know if you've been shopping for a skirt anywhere in the last few weeks, you better get used to your hemline being borderline indecent. "Some are so short, you'd have to wear . leggings," said Cliff Heller, of Dillard's at The Summit in Reno. Heller said the biggest fashion forward trend is the dress. "We used to put dresses in the back of the store i because if someone wanted a dress, they would find it. Now, we put dresses out front." He said even his own teenage daughter is buying dresses for the first time in her life. "I have sales associates who would only wear black pants and a top, but now they are coming to work in dresses." He said June Cleaver, the dress-wearing dress-wearing dress-wearing TV mom on "Leave it to Beaver," would fit right in with the styles Dillard's is carrying. "In fashion, everything is cyclical. It comes back around and this is what is popular now," said Heller, who said that the 1980s look that was popular, is over. But don't worry, there's enough style in the 1950s and 1960s to keep everyone satisfied. "We are selling more scarves then ever before," he said." Now, not everyone is wearing them tied in a knot around their neck, but they are wearing them." Dillard's also is selling a lot of shoes donned with polka dot prints and bows. Donna Stolla of Reno, who runs Poodle Skirts by Donna, a local business that sells 1950s fashions and accessories, said she gets inquires all the time from people who want saddle shoes. "People are looking for them and not just to wear for Hot August Nights," Stolla said. Sharon York, of Macy's at Meadowood Mall, agreed. "Fitted dresses, like (Audrey) Hepburn wore in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's" are very in now," said York. She said the only difference is the colors and prints are bold and bright. She said not all the styles that are back in style work on every body type, but you can still be part of the trend and wear something flattering. "The baby doll dress look is in now, and you have to be really careful," York said. "Some have so much extra material and are gathered that they could definitely be worn as maternity clothes." h n a ii v . : V W ' TIPS FOR DRESSING " y f - , 50S AND 60S m" The short short hemline is f' "?i H M.r rr everywhere, but if you're 35 or , " a q b b"n n r older, stick to longer styles, no O n n n f matter how in-style in-style in-style you think you pU u o oa ? a V l00k- l00k- .jr 1 V dress in head to toe dots. Look '-jH0P '-jH0P I f for accessories and head I," '"' ..npiiiiiin ", J bands to compliment a j, ' ' id r more mature outfit. ' J? i..P.'3 P Dresses that cinch a if i at the waist aren't i 1 'lit'" v " "' nnn v 1 always nanering on "n ' ' Q O -Pprt -Pprt Q nG Q Q n O n O n Ci lr V m c rj 1 n un no n n uOn Dn an un J- J- n I 1 ..o0oo000o00o00o0 0 . j I " : A Dillard's I I sales j I associate jt 1 models a - 50s-look 50s-look 50s-look . j "' 3 uress. MARILYN . I NIW10N- NIW10N- f. RENO i GAZETTE-JOURNAL GAZETTE-JOURNAL GAZETTE-JOURNAL similar styles in the same fabrics. Wearing flats with poodle skirts might have been the footwear of choice in 1956, but heels look better on everyone. Look for shoes that look the part but are flattering to your legs. Handbags back in the day were nondescript. As much as that patterned Coach bag is in, it's not going to go with a busy print outfit. And vice versa. Dress up a simple black dress with a bag that has a 1960s-style 1960s-style 1960s-style fabric. Don't be afraid to raid your mom or grandmother's closet or a thrift store. Don't dress head to toe in thrift store finds, but pair a vintage dress with a pair of new shoes. Rolling up jeans to create a wide cuff is a popular trend. Pair the look with high heels. Don't invest a fortune in a new 1950s wardrobe because just like the 1980s look was in two minutes ago, the next big thing already is being designed.