Dresses are seen as feminine garments, some ladies only sport them for special occassions whilst others won't be seen dead in a dress these days. Yet back in the mid 20th century it was trousers that caused a stir. Starting in wartime Britain when women took to trousers for work, by the 1950s trousers had become a fashion statement, an embroidered manifesto, and by the 1960s it was clear that trousers for women were here to stay.
Despite trousers proving a popular look some restaurants in London were still demanding that women wore dresses. One way around this peevish rule was to wear your trousers beneath an overskirt, such as this pleated chiffron number by the Rahvis Sisters.
Nothing was going to stop Doreen here from having her lunch, and as far as she was concerned - the more turquoise the better.
ESSENTIAL VIEWING: The British Pathe Fashion Archive (70 original vintage fashion reels).