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1950’s Rock n Roll Retro costumes

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!

Cats-eyes glasses - 1950's costume
Cats-eyes glasses
Vintage green shirt, white beads, pink Poodle circle skirt, pink belt, petticoats layered, pink cat-eyes glasses…..

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!

Black stretch top, silver scarf, elastic belt, red circle skirt with guitar and stars motif, over full petticoats…..vintage black cats-eyes sunglasses

Most circle skirts have a fun 1950’s motif around the hem – from records, to Poodles, to guitars and other cute retro themes.

Vintage tri-colour circle skirt, red stretch top, black scarf, vintage cat-eyes sunglasses…….

This vintage circle skirt is a full pleated style in a tri-colour of red, yellow and black with a teeny, tiny waistband!

Vintage sunflowers halter dress, gloves, headscarf, layers of petticoats ……

This gorgeous vintage sunflowers halter dress is a 1950’s style with cinched waist and full skirt……Add matching gloves and a cute headband!

Black dress with ruched bodice, white spots, pink belt, scarf and gloves, vintage cats-eyes sunglasses………….


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!

Vintage Fifties floral dress, hot pink belt, gloves, vintage beads, blonde bee-hive wig…..

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!

Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay…

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.

Pink & Green ruffle 1950's skirt
Pink beehive, pink & green ruffle 1950’s skirt
Green 1950's circle skirt, blk jacket small
Green satin circle skirt with record motif, bomber jacket

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.

Purple satin 1950's record skirt
Purple satin 1950’s record skirt, Sock Hop scarf

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.

Black and white rock girl 1950's
Black circle skirt, vintage ruffle shirt, gauze scarf, cats eye glasses….

White skirt with bows, half cape sml 1950'sYellow dot skirt pink bolero 1950's costume

Happy Days skirt
Green plaid pleated skirt from “Happy Days – The Musical”, Australian Tour……

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.

1950's green dot vintage dress 1950's vintage Hawaiian dress

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!

Fifties girl $45
For sale 1950’s swing girl $39


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!