As the world of fashion’s love affair with all things retro continues, we are once again turning to the Fifties for old Hollywood-inspired glamour.

With the world slowly recovering from the traumas of the Second World War, the 1950s heralded an age of social change, economic growth and rock and roll. Inspired by Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’, Fifties fashion saw a return to the feminine silhouette. Pencil skirts and nipped waistlines were popular, and coordinated accessories such as scarves, gloves and opulent jewellery completed the look.

Screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor set the fashion and jewellery trends for this era.

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The easiest way to channel your inner Joan Harris and add a touch of retro glamour to your look is to invest in good quality 1950s vintage jewellery. Here are the 5 items necessary to rock the Fifties look.

1.      The Novelty Brooch

In the 1950s, pins and brooches were all the rage. Designs varied greatly, but rhinestones and natural themes such as flowers, snowflakes, and animals were popular. The iconic design of the era is the ballerina brooch. Don’t worry if you are having trouble dating your vintage find – antique brooches are equally charming and will achieve the same look.

An iconic 1950s ballerina brooch

2.      Matching Jewellery Sets.

Forget the rule about never appearing too matchy-matchy. The key to Fifties glamour is to coordinate your accessories. Sets of matching bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings complete the ‘every inch a lady’ look.

Matching necklace and chandelier earrings set

3.      Clip-on Earrings

Perfect for those without pierced ears, 1950s vintage clip-on earrings are understated and elegant. Often embellished with rhinestones. Marcasite and faux pearls set in gold, these earrings are extremely versatile. Clip them onto your lapel, scarf, headband or even shoes! Look out for matching clip-on earrings and brooch sets.

Marcasite and faux pearl clip-on earrings

4.      The Multi-strand Necklace

Perhaps the most important accessory for the fashion forward 1950s girl was the necklace. Chokers and multi-strand necklaces were in vogue. Whether it’s colourful glass beads or strings of graduated faux pearls, you can’t go wrong with this look.

Multi-strand glass bead necklace

5.      Diamonds

Remember the iconic scene from Gentlemen prefer Blondes where Marilyn Monroe belts out ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ while looking fabulous in pink silk and dripping with diamonds? The 1950s were all about opulence and wealth and this meant showing off your sparkly rocks. Can’t afford the real deal? Cubic zirconia or diamanté will do until you hit the big time.

Coloured diamanté Coro necklace

All kitted out? Good. Now go find your Don Draper!

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