Bon ton style: a great return to the fashion of the 50s

An elegant style , an evergreen mood made of classic clothes and doll accessories. Lace, tulle and flowers, long and fluttering dresses, skirts that go down softly and in a circle. The harmony of shapes, the sobriety of colors and patterns.

This is what today is called bon ton style , synonymous with refinement, delicacy and lightheartedness: that of the women of the 40s and 50s.

Because elegance is the only beauty that never fades. Thus returns to the fashion of the 40s and 50s, and the woman feels almost the protagonist of an old black and white film.

Bon ton style: meaning and origins

You know the bon ton style (which some also call  “Audrey Hepburn style” )?

It is nothing more than a historical mood, developed around the 40s and 50s, when women chose to appear more cutlery, more refined, never vulgar or out of place, just like Audrey Hepburn, the British actress starring in “Breakfast at Tiffany ” , cult film of the time and never out of fashion. Those who choose the bon ton style today want, in fact, to enhance their sex appeal, their class and their femininity.

Not surprisingly, the term bon-ton literally means ” good tone ” with a very specific reference to elegance and refinement, in stark contrast to a style that is mostly sporty and street-casual . We could therefore say that bon ton follows the eternal rule of “less is more” , trying to maintain a certain sobriety compared to a more showy and flamboyant style. Therefore, behind the bon ton style there is first and foremost a lifestyle: that of elegance and sobriety especially in the ways, so much so that it almost gives the very idea of ​​being in front of a real lady like Audrey Hepburn.

Bon ton clothing: how to dress and which items to wear

How many times have we asked ourselves and we have been enchanted by the protagonists of period films, wondering how to dress bon ton, or rather what bon ton clothes to wear to look like the women protagonists of those films?

Well, let’s see together what are the garments to wear to be elegant following this fashion style.

Those who choose to dress bon ton, choose to reproduce a lady of other times, that elegance and that lost sobriety, but above all choose to enhance her image and her femininity, opting for classic and delicate garments, decorous necklines, jewels of quality (but not too flashy and flashy), shoes not too high and soft colors, in counter-trend with respect to urban style and the unbridled use of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.

Let’s see together which are the bon ton dresses that should not be missing in your wardrobe:

  • Floral print dress, a must for the bon ton style, an evergreen of the season that drives all women crazy, combined with ankle boot or decollete;
  • Classic trench coat, a perfect garment for both a daily and evening outfit;
  • Little black dress, a timeless garment, always in vogue and super glam;
  • Cigarette trousers or Capri model ;
  • Peplum skirt with six buttons, slightly flared and adherent, which highlights the waist and should almost always be combined with a pair of black ankle boots with a wide heel;
  • Shirts with bows ;
  • Classic cut cardigans and sweaters with a boat neckline;

Bon ton chic style: the right accessories for your look

As we have seen so far, the bon ton chic look is back in fashion and with it the classic and traditional garments are back in vogue, as well as that elegance that had been lost in recent years.

The bon ton look is one of the most loved styles by women today, a real mood that somehow makes us relive the 40s and 50s and above all the style of the great cinema divas of the time, those magnificent women and today almost unattainable, with a disarming elegance and at the same time simple bearers of an unparalleled style.

Alongside the most chic bon ton garments of the moment, there is the choice of accessories that will make you look like a diva.

Let’s see together which are the bon ton chic accessories most in vogue at the moment:

  • Ballerinas and heels that are not too high;
  • Not too flashy clips and bows;
  • Thin belts;
  • Pearl necklaces, small and not too flashy earrings;
  • Foulard to be tightened around the neck;
  • Clutches or bags not too flashy;

Our post dedicated to the bon ton style ends here. We conclude with one of my favorite phrases, taken from the famous Audrey Hepburn film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”:

If I could find a place in this world that made me feel like at Tiffany’s… I would buy the furniture and give the cat a name!