I’m in the mood for a little Connie Francis this morning, so I found this terrific video on YouTube. Not only is it a great montage of still and footage of Connie singing, but also it’s a real trip down memory lane ending up in my old clothes closet. Granted, Connie is a little older than me, but styles didn’t change all that radically until the late 60s, so I remember pretty much all of this, except maybe the ‘cocktail’ dress she’s wearing in her performance. Ladies, here’s a quick checklist of 1959 fashion; see how many you remember wearing, just like Connie:
1) shirt-waist dresses 2) Capri pants 3) crinolines and petticoats 4) pumps 5) pointy bras 6) sweater clips (you can’t actually see them, but you know she’s got them, at 1:05 ) 7) halter-top sundresses 8) checkered gingham 9) pearl choker 10) bouffant (aka bubble) hairdos 11) spaghetti straps 12) chiffon dresses
The photo at 1:01 is about as close to a “wardrobe malfunction” as anyone ever got in those days; it was probably pretty daring back then. And don’t miss the guy with the flat-top at 0:58
Video by YT member JBauder1948 Photo is of a picture sleeve from my 45-rpm collection
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.