One of our favourite categories! Getting ready for a 1950’s themed show can be daunting but a few clever tricks will have you transformed into a ravishing retro Babe or Cool Cat!
Cat-eye’s rhinestone glasses are a perfect finishing touch to any Fifties costume – these come in fire-engine red, blue or black frames with clear glass and cute diamonte accents – check them out in our store!
A Poodle skirt is a popular way to reference the 1950’s theme! These circle skirts are best worn with a heap of petticoats underneath for a full skirt. Don’t forget to cinch in that waist! The belt really does make a difference!
Most circle skirts have a fun 1950’s motif around the hem – from records, to Poodles, to guitars and other cute retro themes.
This vintage circle skirt is a full pleated style in a tri-colour of red, yellow and black with a teeny, tiny waistband!
This gorgeous vintage sunflowers halter dress is a 1950’s style with cinched waist and full skirt……Add matching gloves and a cute headband!
Not strictly a vintage dress, this dotted number is still a cute option for a 1950’s theme. Team with hot pink or red accessories to make it really pop with colour!
A super-cute vintage dress, this is a photo-realistic floral print on amber background and a very simple shape with full skirt. I’ve teamed it with hot pink belt and gloves, vintage beads and a blonde beehive wig.
Don’t panic if you have to go to a Fifties Show! Consider some of the many options past a pink Bomber jacket with some vintage, retro cool!
Love, love, love 1950’s sock hop themes! I think I can probably recite the whole of Grease, we watched it so many times when I was a teen. We all wanted to be Bad Sandy, to rebel and strut around while a boy followed like a tragic puppy. My flat out favourite character remains Rizzo though, the tough chick with the soft heart hidden behind layers of sarcasm and attitude.
The 1950’s theme can be problematic for a lot of people though. We generally aren’t very used to the silhouette with a pinched in waist and flouncy skirt. If you match a jacket or loose shirt the result can be a feeling of being a bit “muffin-like”.
The trick to wearing a 1950’s circle Poodle Skirt is to make sure to flounce it out with petticoats Also make sure to use an elastic belt or equivalent to nip that waistline in. In my photos I’ve used about five petticoats for maximum “poofiness” and you could go more if you wanted to. You need to tuck a shirt in or wear a tight fitting plain top. Match a neck scarf, maybe a chiffon one? Any jacket should be ideally form fitting or a shorter style, such as a bolero or short bomber style.
Cute flat shoes, with or without ankle socks, guarantee a comfortable night, just what you need when setting that dance floor on fire, ala Cha Cha.
Vintage 1950’s dresses are another great option, if you find a wearable one make sure to cherish it! Fifties fashion is in so much demand it can be pricey but if you are a lover of the style it is worth every cent. I’ve got serious seller’s regret about some Fifties pieces I’ve sold over the years. Some of my most loved vintage includes what remains of my grandmother’s fabulous Fifties ballgowns.
There are always knock-off costumes for sale for an easy solution – they are readily available and are no-fuss. Maybe a better choice than vintage if the show is likely to be a rowdy one!
This post has looked at circle skirts as the main look of a Fifties theme. There are other notable contenders such as the popular Wiggle Dress or funky Capri Pants which I will feature shortly.
Thanks for checking out this blog this far, lots more costume madness going on as we go through our stock for a massive inventory. It’s a huge task but I’m hoping coffee will help me survive!