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.

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