We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of fashions from the 1950′s. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Fifties as pictured in Sears Catalogs.I had to include this fun Kerrybrooke dress from 1950 because of the great combination of gingham and eyelet. Love it!
This fun striped dress has a grosgrain trim and bow. It’s a nylon sheer with woven stripes of cotton. I love the way the stripes pleat into the center bust and how the buttons on the pointed cuffs echo the buttons on the front placket. Even better, the “miracle fabric” was laboratory tested.
These great “princess look” dresses are “especially flattering to pretty young figures, especially wonderful in bright red.” Made in juniors sizes, the subtle neck bows add a subtle detail. The left dress is from a crisp rayon while the right dress is a fine cotton pinwale corduroy.
The flower print dress is “an utterly feminine dress with its big bow and full skirt of unpressed pleats. Beautifully detailed in back with deep V neckline.” It came in either violet, turquoise and olive print on white (swoon!) or brown, beige and black print on white. The sweet striped dress with the flat bow had rhinestone-jeweled buttons and came in white, black, and either peacock or bright rose stripes. Both were made from rayon that “looks like silk…feels like silk…and washes.”
This cute polka-dot dress is from 1952. The sweet sweetheart neckline and contrast yoke really show off the large open neck tie. I wish I could see the buttons and neck hardware up close to how they tied them in.
Knits can also be quite lovely with bow necks. The tuxedo like bow and button placket on the right with dolman sleeves sure are fun! Somehow I see the dress on the left as being meant for lounging around the ski chalet.
Finally, I had to put in this dress because it made me laugh! A dress for fashionable nuns, perhaps? From 1951, the collar and cuffs are from a fur-like fabric. “You can remove the collar and cuffs and wear it with jewelry..it looks like an entirely different dress.” That’s a good thing!