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What We Were Wearing - Fall 1961

    50 years ago this month, this is what women were wearing.

    Oleg Cassini
    Perhaps the biggest influence on fashion here in the States, Jackie Kennedy personified the ladylike look most women tried to achieve.  Simple sheath dresses were very popular.

    Jean Patou
    Elegant suits had shorter and boxier jackets with 3/4 sleeves and big buttons.

    Handmacher
    Pillbox hats were the latest craze for the head, but hats were dwindling in popularity.  Long gloves were worn with suits and coats that had 3/4 sleeves.  Simple coats with fur wedding ring collars were everywhere.

    Sue Brett
    Full skirted dresses were having their last hurrah.  They were shorter in length and would disappear within a year or two.

    Sweater by Braemar, pants by Geist & Geist
    Skinny pants for casual wear were sometimes made of knits.  They were paired with sweaters or blouses.

    Edward Abbott
    Brocade was big.  Cocktail dresses were usually simple sheaths in opulent fabrics or full skirted styles in chiffon.

    Pierre Balmain
    Evening gowns usually had simple lines and were made of luxurious fabrics.  Brocades and heavy satins were most popular.  Every woman had or wanted a mink stole or jacket for evening.

    Van Raalte
    No matter what she was wearing on top, a woman in 1961 always wore a bra and girdle.  A slip was always worn under dresses and suits.