So sporty! Polka dot bandeau top, Bermuda shorts, a long shirt detailed with brass buttons and a mandarin collar help Cissy and her resort fashion statement. Cissy is wearing cork wedgies stamped Bullocks Wilshire on the insole. The iconic Bullocks Wilshire of Southern California, carried an extensive collection for Cissy by Madame Alexander, and commissioned a number of store specials.
The 1950s was the first decade to embrace women wearing shorts more than just beachwear. This came to about 3 inches about the knee, with a high waist and side zip seams. They often did not have pockets (they added too much bulk to a slim silhouette) but some had ornamental of faux pockets that we’re angled slits.
The 1950s was the polka dot's biggest decade. Everyone from movie stars to housewives dressed up in dots, and the polka dot pattern has been often associated with the 1950s ever since. Because the decade was an innocent, carefree, prosperous one in American history, the polka dot carries connotations of innocence, happiness and prosperity also.
French designer Coco Chanel favored dots in the 1920s and such 1950s glamor queens as Marilyn Monroe flaunted the print while house-wives across America donned delicate, evenly spaced dots in "Leave It to Beaver" bliss. In the '60s, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" became a pop-song dot anthem.