The hourglass figure was a dominant feature of the 1950s; the desired silhouette enhanced by the fashion of the time.
Skirts were tight at the natural waist, and fitted as such to promote the female waistline; a prominent feature of the 1950s.
The style flattered the figure; with the fullness of the circle skirt disguising the hips, and making the waist look smaller.
The fuller the skirt the greater the appearance of slimming the waistline; with the addition of a belt to cinch the waist enhancing the effect.
Circle skirts were simple to make and as such often home sewn; being cut from a single piece of fabric in the shape of a doughnut. The inner circle was measured to fit the waist with the outer circle creating its fullness. When sitting the skirt would form the shape of a perfect circle.
Quite rightly many will consider the circle skirt as an essential garment to include in a retro/vintage wardrobe. I have heard it intimated that’s its popularity amongst teenagers of the 1950s suggests that the wearing of a circle skirt by the more mature amongst us may be a modern misrepresentation.
Whether this is a conclusive argument or not I would prefer to consider that a lover of retro/vintage fashion is free to make her own choice and as she would with any item of clothing.
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