The Crown: Structured plaid blazers
It's been touted as a 'French Girl' staple, one that looks effortless, yet timeless in its form. The plaid blazer has been tried, tested and remained true over tens of decades, so when we saw Vanessa Kirby wearing the style almost at its very origin in The Crown's 1950s setting, you could say we were every bit convinced we needed our own version (if we didn't have one already!).
Bec + Bridge Franca Blazer ($500)
The Crown: Headscarves
Another 1950s staple nailed on the head by The Crown is the humble headscarf.
Of course, they're not exclusive to the fifties alone. In the years during and following the Second World War, women tended to wear headscarfs wrapped around their heads or necks. In the 60s and 70s, it became an icon of liberated style—fashioned as a bandana or to hold a ponytail in place. In 2021, we've seen its resurgence in 'cottagecore' (more on that here). No matter what you buy it for, one thing is clear: Your headscarf will live more than one life.
Fendi Pequin Folard ($690)
Call The Midwife: Boat Necks
These days, one might relate the boat neck silhouette to one Meghan Markle who made the style famous with her Givenchy wedding gown in 2018. But the boat neck's hey-day was certainly in the 1950s when it quickly became synonymous with glamour and ball-gown chic.
Today boat necks are often worn in a much more casual context, though there's no denying the timelessness of a red lip, an up-do and a classic boatneck dress, à la Call The Midwife.
St. Agni Vas Knit Dress ($329)
Mad Men: Shirt Dresses
While Mad Men was technically set in the early 1960s, the show still blessed us with some of the key practical fashions from the fifties which lived on in wardrobes for decades to come.
Of course, the shirt dress' form and silhouette has transitioned over the years. In the 1950s, it was structured, sometimes boned and reached midi to ankle length.
These days, trending shirt dresses remain just as practical, but they're less restricting, often lighter and made from linens.