Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The ultimate guide to style in the 50s: According to Happy Days

The 50s was a time where the men took pride in their appearance and the girls were glamourous even when dressing down, a far cry from the tracksuits and see through leggings that grace our streets today. Although the days of circle dresses and fedoras seems like a lifetime ago there are ways to bring the style of the 1950s into the 21st century, and who are a cooler example of the best of 50s fashion than the stylish cast of the hit American TV show Happy Days. This style guide will show you how to get the look in a more updated, high street friendly kind of way.

The Fonz

Happy Days

Arthur Fonzarelli or, as we know him better, The Fonz or Fonzie was presented as the ultimate 50s cool guy. Often seen on a motorcycle the Fonz took a t-birds, James Dean style approach to his wardrobe teaming a leather jacket, sometime brown or tan, with classic blue jeans, a whit et-shirt and boots. This look translates quite well into 21st century fashion, although a faded blue denim is definitely more on trend.

Top right River Island Biker Jacket In Faux Leather Black £75.00
Middle right LEVI'S 510 Skinny Faded Blue Jeans £85.00
Bottom right Ninman boots Aldo £100


Happy Days

Hip Chick and ruler of Fonzie’s heart, Pinky Tuscadero cut a more risky figure, throwing caution to the wind and showing all sorts of skin, which in a more proper time like the 50s would have been a little outrageous. Still Pinky styles out a pastel cowgirl look teaming a baby pink shirt tied in a knot with white hot pants and baby pink cowgirl boots. Although the baby pink cowgirl boots are probably best left to Dolly Parton, this look would not go amiss at any summer festival.

Top left Pretty Little Thing Blanche Coral Tie Front Long Sleeve Crop Top £18.00
Middle left Maruti Haley - Cowboy/Biker boots £110.00
Bottom left ASOS Denim Shredded Hotpant in Optic White £28.00


Happy Days
Double denim is not something that should be tried by everyone but on those rare few it can look actually pretty good and Chachi Arcola is one of those few, along with Elvis Presley. Teaming same tone denim on both his bottom and top halves. In order to bring it up to date try a contrasting denim on your bottom half and of a skinnier fit. Pair the outfit with a pair of vans and a black or white t-shirt, not red! Sorry Chachi but the red is too retro for 2016

Top right Cheap Monday Rude Denim Shirt Indigo Ice Acid Wash £60.00
Middle right ASOS Extreme Super Skinny Jeans in Blue Dark Wash £28.00
Bottom right Vans Slip-On Checkerboard Leather Plimsolls in Black £57.00

Happy Days

We are not convinced that a lot of Leather’s wardrobe really reflected 50s fashion in Happy Days, often looking like she walked onto set in her 80’s gear but boy does she style it out well! Her casual, rock chick style is not uncommon on and off the pages of today’s style publications. She partners a pair of blue jeans with a vintage baby blue t-shirt, and layers it up with accessories and a black leather biker jacket. A cropped blue skinny jean is how you can achieve a more modern twist on the look.
Top left Hilfiger Denim Classic Scoop Neck T-Shirt £25.00
Middle left Levi's Leather Biker Jacket £280.00
Bottom left Reclaimed Vintage Sun Moon & Stars Layered Necklace from ASOS £15.00
Bottom centre Jack Wills Fernham Super Skinny Mid Rise Cropped Jeans £49.50
Bottom right ASOS Black Stone Plate Waist And Hip Belt £12.00

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