1950 Style Clothing- A Shopping Guide

1950 style clothing is back in fashion. Everywhere I look I see elements of 50’s style dresses, shirts, and pants in new modern clothing as well vintage reproduction clothing. If you are new to 50’s fashion you may not know what to look for when you shop. Here is my quick guide to buying new 1950 style clothing online:

1950’s Style Dresses

1950s summer dress

Summer Dress

Halter tops and swinging tea length skirts are a summer style icon of fashions in the 1950s.  These casual, comfortable, and colorful dresses are very flattering on all body types. The side tying sash accentuates the ideal 50’s nipped in waist. This yellow plaid dress from J. Peterman is a high quality reproduction dress. Perfect for picnics in the park or strolls on the beach boardwalk.

cherry 1950s dress

Cherry Swing Dress

I’m not sure how popular cherry designs were in the 1950’s but they are certainly popular on 1950’s inspired clothing today. From retro pinups to the rockabilly music crowd red and white dresses, shirts, and shoes with cherry prints are in. This halter top dress with gathered bust features a skirt that wears a bit shorter then they would have in the 50’s but is more ideal for today’s vintage followers. If short vintage dresses are your favorites then you’ll love the collections at ModCloth and Tulle4us.

1950s dresses for sale unique vintage

Unique Vintage 1950s Dress

You may have heard of a style of dress called “house dress” or “swing dress.” These styles of 1950’s dresses had very full skirts worn with a puffy petticoat underneath. The top usually had mid length sleeves like this one or shorter cap sleeves (which are so cute!)  Petticoats are something modern bodies are not used to wearing but luckily they are just as cute to wear without them. Many 50’s party dresses can be found at Unique-Vintage.com

1950s cocktail dress

Cocktail Dress

Full skirted dresses were not the only fashion icon of the 50’s. Two piece suit dresses were common in the 40’s but became slimmer and more form fitting in the 50’s. One piece dresses also became more form fitting, especially for evening wear, and  naughty pinup models. These dresses are often called Cocktail, Wiggle, Pin Up, Sheath or Bombshell dresses. Several online stores specialize in these designs.

Learn more about the history of 1950s dresses here. 

Shop 1950s Clothing

There is more to 1950 style clothing then just dresses. Shop till your drop with this collection of 50’s inspired dresses, shoes, shirts, pants and more:

Wing Dancing Dress
 

Wing Dancing Dress

$56.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Dance Floor Date Dress in Scarlet from ModCloth
 

Dance Floor Date Dress in Scarlet from ModCloth

$59.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Salty and Pepper Dress from ModCloth
 

Salty and Pepper Dress from ModCloth

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Like, Oh My Dot! 1950s Fashion Dress
 

Like, Oh My Dot! 1950s Fashion Dress

$53.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Flair Maiden Dress
 

Flair Maiden Dress

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

In the Picnic of Time Dress
 

In the Picnic of Time Dress

$41.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots
 

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots

$59.99

Buy at: ModCloth

And Many More Dress
 

And Many More Dress

$56.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Film Noir Fan Dress
 

Film Noir Fan Dress

$53.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Red & Black Color Block Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Red & Black Color Block Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

V-neck Polka Dot Vintage Dress with Spaghetti Straps
 

V-neck Polka Dot Vintage Dress with Spaghetti Straps

$19.99

Buy at: Milanoo.com Ltd

1950s Style Carmine Red Birdy Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Carmine Red Birdy Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Satin Cocktail Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Satin Cocktail Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Too Much Fun Dress in Blue Dots - Long
 

Too Much Fun Dress in Blue Dots - Long

$109.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Red & Black Polka Dot Cap Sleeve Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Red & Black Polka Dot Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Red & Black Polka Dotted Cap Sleeve Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Red & Black Polka Dotted Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Voodoo Vixen 1950s Style Coral Pink & White Gingham Chelsea Halter Swing Dress
 

Voodoo Vixen 1950s Style Coral Pink & White Gingham Chelsea Halter Swing Dress

$78.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & White Sleeveless Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Sleeveless Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style White Tulle Dress
 

1950s Style White Tulle Dress

$118.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Serenity Bridge Veronique Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Serenity Bridge Veronique Swing Dress

$144.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Unique Vintage Nautical 1950s Style White & Red Bon Voyage Swing Dress
 

Unique Vintage Nautical 1950s Style White & Red Bon Voyage Swing Dress

$102.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Teal Birdy Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Teal Birdy Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Bengaline Loren Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Bengaline Loren Swing Dress

$86.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Iconic by UV 1950s Style Blue Watercolor Floral Halter Flirty Swing Dress
 

Iconic by UV 1950s Style Blue Watercolor Floral Halter Flirty Swing Dress

$81.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Plum Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Bengaline Loren Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Plum Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Bengaline Loren Swing Dress

$86.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950's Style Black & Orange Print Dotted Paris Swing Dress
 

1950's Style Black & Orange Print Dotted Paris Swing Dress

$144.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Green & Taupe Floral Camellia Swing Dress
 

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Green & Taupe Floral Camellia Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950's Style White & Red Cherry Paris Swing Dress
 

1950's Style White & Red Cherry Paris Swing Dress

$152.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Preorder - Iconic by UV Navy & Yellow Scoop Neck Belted Fleur Swing Dress
 

Preorder - Iconic by UV Navy & Yellow Scoop Neck Belted Fleur Swing Dress

$128.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Cap Sleeve Surplice Scuba Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Cap Sleeve Surplice Scuba Swing Dress

$70.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Sweetheart Cap Sleeve Stretch Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Sweetheart Cap Sleeve Stretch Swing Dress

$62.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Sage Green Francine Apple Print Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Sage Green Francine Apple Print Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Red & White Spring Floral Cap Sleeve Darling Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Red & White Spring Floral Cap Sleeve Darling Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & White Polka Dot Cap Sleeve Button Up Picture Day Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Polka Dot Cap Sleeve Button Up Picture Day Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style White & Black Polka Dot Halter Wendy Swing Dress
 

1950s Style White & Black Polka Dot Halter Wendy Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Hell Bunny Red Tattoo Flocked Dress
 

Hell Bunny Red Tattoo Flocked Dress

$59.63

Buy at: Hot Topic

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Red & White Knotted Dash Print Downtown Swing Dress
 

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Red & White Knotted Dash Print Downtown Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

eShakti Women's Vintage two-tone cotton poplin dress
 

eShakti Women's Vintage two-tone cotton poplin dress

$79.95

Buy at: eShakti

eShakti Women's Vintage cotton poplin dress
 

eShakti Women's Vintage cotton poplin dress

$69.95

Buy at: eShakti

Vero Moda Posy 50s Tea Dress - Blue
 

Vero Moda Posy 50s Tea Dress - Blue

$57.00

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Unmatched Panache Dress
 

Unmatched Panache Dress

$99.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Follow Glee Dress
 

Follow Glee Dress

$71.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Blue & Brown Hibiscus Floral Halter Tiki Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Blue & Brown Hibiscus Floral Halter Tiki Swing Dress

$82.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Just in Timeless Dress in Dots
 

Just in Timeless Dress in Dots

$71.99

Buy at: ModCloth

eShakti Women's Scallop neck fit-and-flare dress
 

eShakti Women's Scallop neck fit-and-flare dress

$59.95

Buy at: eShakti

1950s Style Coral Pink & White Polka Dot Halter Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Coral Pink & White Polka Dot Halter Swing Dress

$52.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Navy & Pink Garden Floral Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Navy & Pink Garden Floral Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Mint Green Bettie Fitted Pencil Dress
 

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Mint Green Bettie Fitted Pencil Dress

$98.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & Red Cherry Pop Rockabilly Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & Red Cherry Pop Rockabilly Swing Dress

$82.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Aubergine Birdy Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Aubergine Birdy Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style White & Red Strawberry Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style White & Red Strawberry Swing Dress

$178.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Light Blue Floral Cap Sleeve Bloomsbury Chiffon Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Light Blue Floral Cap Sleeve Bloomsbury Chiffon Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & White Floral Button Up Honor Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Floral Button Up Honor Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Aqua Blue & White Sea Sparkle Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Aqua Blue & White Sea Sparkle Swing Dress

$82.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Yellow Gingham Cherry Lemon Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Yellow Gingham Cherry Lemon Swing Dress

$170.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Purple Hydrangea Short Sleeve Beverly Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Purple Hydrangea Short Sleeve Beverly Swing Dress

$128.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Navy Blue Cotton Sateen Scallop Brenda Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Navy Blue Cotton Sateen Scallop Brenda Swing Dress

$122.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Tan, Brown & Orange Hibiscus Floral Kaila Tiki Halter Swing Dress
 

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Tan, Brown & Orange Hibiscus Floral Kaila Tiki Halter Swing Dress

$82.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & Pink Painted Rose Floral Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & Pink Painted Rose Floral Swing Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Nothin' But Affectionate Dress
 

Nothin' But Affectionate Dress

$56.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Too Much Fun Dress in Forest Creme
 

Too Much Fun Dress in Forest Creme

$99.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Too Much Fun Dress in White Dots - Long
 

Too Much Fun Dress in White Dots - Long

$65.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Jukebox DJ Jumper
 

Jukebox DJ Jumper

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

You Totally Rockabilly Jumper
 

You Totally Rockabilly Jumper

$84.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Voodoo Vixen 1950s Style Green & Red Floral & Apple Print Belted Keira Swing Dress
 

Voodoo Vixen 1950s Style Green & Red Floral & Apple Print Belted Keira Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Guest of Honor Dress in Rose Garden
 

Guest of Honor Dress in Rose Garden

$94.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Voodoo Vixen 1950s Style Hunter Green Floral Lace Three-Quarter Sleeve Patricia Swing Dress
 

Voodoo Vixen 1950s Style Hunter Green Floral Lace Three-Quarter Sleeve Patricia Swing Dress

$98.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Any Way You Intern Dress
 

Any Way You Intern Dress

$107.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Hell Bunny 1940s Style Blue Vintage Bicycle Penny Lover Swing Dress
 

Hell Bunny 1940s Style Blue Vintage Bicycle Penny Lover Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Iconic by UV 1950s Style Navy & White Dot Golightly Bow Swing Dress
 

Iconic by UV 1950s Style Navy & White Dot Golightly Bow Swing Dress

$98.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Collectif 1950s Style Navy & White Dot Belted Caterina Shirt Swing Dress
 

Collectif 1950s Style Navy & White Dot Belted Caterina Shirt Swing Dress

$108.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Up, Opera, and Away Dress in Cream
 

Up, Opera, and Away Dress in Cream

$169.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Broaden Your Fleur-izons Dress
 

Broaden Your Fleur-izons Dress

$194.99

Buy at: ModCloth

The Keyhole to Success Dress
 

The Keyhole to Success Dress

$64.99

Buy at: ModCloth

About the Artist Dress in Aqua Plaid
 

About the Artist Dress in Aqua Plaid

$69.99

Buy at: ModCloth

About the Artist Dress in Grey
 

About the Artist Dress in Grey

$69.99

Buy at: ModCloth

CEO My Darling Dress
 

CEO My Darling Dress

$174.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Era of Romance Dress
 

Era of Romance Dress

$119.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Pine All Mine Dress in Midnight
 

Pine All Mine Dress in Midnight

$179.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Pleasing to the Aye Dress
 

Pleasing to the Aye Dress

$189.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Black & Pink Floral Haylie Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Black & Pink Floral Haylie Swing Dress

$178.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style White & Black Polka Dot & Bow Beila Wiggle Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style White & Black Polka Dot & Bow Beila Wiggle Dress

$158.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Little Black Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Little Black Swing Dress

$182.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Off Shoulder Mary Ann Swing Dress
 

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Black & White Gingham Off Shoulder Mary Ann Swing Dress

$72.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Taupe Floral Marilyn Chiffon Swing Dress
 

Hell Bunny 1950s Style Taupe Floral Marilyn Chiffon Swing Dress

$78.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

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2 thoughts on “1950 Style Clothing- A Shopping Guide

  1. beverly McAllister

    I was married in 1958 and the style of my going away dress and my mothers was a straight sheath dress with a Poof (?) in the lower back.I think it was called a shameese dress. but not sure how to spell it. can you help me out?

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