The August 1956 edition of Good Housekeeping published a 4 page article titled “Three New Looks Go Back to School”. The looks presented were meant for the pre-teen preppy set and styled with gloves, socks or tights, and Buster Brown shoes.
Camel jacket with matching cap, pleated skirt , cotton blouse, grosgrain tie by Little Alice Stuart. Sizes 7 to 14.
The mark of Madison Avenue – urban co-ordinates. Slim, herringbone wool-tweed skirt with leather belt. $9. Jersey blouse with scarf. About $7. Both, also in brown. Sizes 7 to 14. Belle Frocks.
Regimental striped cotton dress with softly gathered skirt and short sleeves. White collar, cuffs, and covered buttons. The belt ties in fron or back. Sizes 7 to 14. $9 by Betty Brett for Love.
Flower print cotton dress with brown velvet trim. Push-up sleeves and high neck edged with lace. Sized 7 to 14. $9. R.A.R. Fashions.
Corduroy dress with scalloped bolero effect in front. Cotton collar and cuffs. Sizes 7 to 14. $11. Helen Lee of Youngland.
Seeing a pre-teen with gloves and make-up is a bit unsettling, but classically fifties.