Women of this period who couldn't afford Mink coats wore mink "stoles" instead. Stoles were entire dead animals: face, paws and tails, stitched together and draped over the shoulder.
Then as now, photography always favors models who look other-worldly (above), and seem to have disdain for the human race.
I imagine that fashionable 50s women must have followed suit by snubbing everyone around them. If there were no strangers to snub, then they snubbed a friend.
Some high fashion never filtered down to street level, thank God. Paris tried to foist ugly, tent dresses on women, and they refused to accept them.
Girdle ads of the period (above) are fascinating. Models had to strike classical poses, frequently next to pillars. They were very classy and aloof.
That's very odd, because the dresses that were made to show off the conservative girdles (above) were often outrageously sexy.
Lots of girls I knew when I was a little kid wore dresses like the "Chubettes" one above. The ad says they were for "chubby lasses." Gee, maybe I live around a lot of fat girls.
Were pajamas (above) an invention of the fifties? I love wearing them, but I confess that in an entire lifetime I've never had a pair that fit.