As far back as the end of the Second World War, women have been told to play contradictory roles that have affected the way they dress in order to fit the scope of society.
The iconic Rosie the Riveter wore a red, polka-dotted headband and blue jumpsuit to tell women to take on male roles in factories to help advance the cause of war.
After the war, the televised June Cleaver wore collared shirts and button-down sweaters to match her long skirt and pearls in order to tell women their role in society, all along, was to be a housewife, thus leading to a trade-in of welding tools for oven mitts.
These contradictory portrayals of women’s roles (and fashion wear!) in the 1950s are greatly exemplified by American women in the coming years to 2013 — with a modern twist, of course!
Whether it’s the polka-dotted print or modernized blue jumpsuits as denim shirts, these Rosie the Riveter-inspired items are classic and essential in a women’s closet this summer!
Long maxi skirts or short circle skirts, these modernized June Cleaver-inspired looks can spice up any summer ensemble!