Fashion Rewind

This month — in the spirit of Fashion Week El Paseo — we take a fun look back at the styles featured in the pages of vintage Palm Springs Life magazines



1962: This full skirt is enhanced by many starched petticoats, but in Palm Springs the sheer white cotton dress with spaghetti straps was a great way to stay cool. White kitten-heeled mules perfectly completed this bare resort look.

Photo from the Palm Springs Life archives

As Christian Dior, the fashion designer of the late 1940s and ’50s, stated, “Simplicity, good taste, and grooming are the three fundamentals of good dressing.” As we discovered by paging through old issues of this magazine, that was remarkably apparent in Palm Springs during the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Back issues of the magazine depicted fashionable women who donned the latest trends in their daily lives — attending fashion shows and social events — and fashion spreads that showcased the latest looks for women wanting to be resort  and country club chic. Here’s a peek at what we found.

Comments to this website are moderated by staff. While all comments are welcome, we encourage all to be polite and please do not use this system for advertising or business promotions. Any complaint towards a business or service should be directed directly to that business and not posted here. If anyone has a complaint that a comment is defamatory, please contact me at tmay@palmspringslife.com and I will take appropriate action promptly. Thank You

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Palm Springs Life
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Mod About Style

Current ensembles pay homage to midcentury design with clean cuts and bold, vibrant prints.

The Revolution Heads Uptown

With the Palm Springs renaissance in full swing, it’s no surprise that the Uptown Design District has blossomed into a thriving community of shops, restaurants, and bars.

Red Carpet Ready

Find the perfect dress for this glamorous awards season.

If the Shoe Fits

Seeking inspiration in everything from tango dreams to world travel to a trip to the market, Palm Springs custom footwear designer Debra Hovel finds materials in the most unexpected places.

Getaway Guy

Winter resort style embodies casual elegance for men on the go in the Greater Palm Springs area.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Enter for a Chance to Win a Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2015 Grand Experience
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.