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. See more of these dresses for sale on the 1960’s fashion page.

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:

1950s Style Navy & White Dot Dolores Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Navy & White Dot Dolores Swing Dress

$72.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Picnic Poise Dress from ModCloth
 

Picnic Poise Dress from ModCloth

$66.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Journey to the Mast Dress in Navy from ModCloth
 

Journey to the Mast Dress in Navy from ModCloth

$46.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Wing Dancing Dress
 

Wing Dancing Dress

$94.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Roses at Your Feet Dress from ModCloth
 

Roses at Your Feet Dress from ModCloth

$84.99

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 Heidi Fitted Wiggle Dress
 

1950s Style Red Heidi Fitted Wiggle Dress

$54.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Guest of Honor Dress in Varsity Stripes
 

Guest of Honor Dress in Varsity Stripes

$46.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Preorder - Unique Vintage Navy Floral Dandridge Strapless Swing Dress
 

Preorder - Unique Vintage Navy Floral Dandridge Strapless Swing Dress

$136.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Bake Shop Browsing Dress in Emerald Dots from ModCloth
 

Bake Shop Browsing Dress in Emerald Dots from ModCloth

$49.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Black 1950s Style Haute Stephanie Swing Dress
 

Black 1950s Style Haute Stephanie Swing Dress

$111.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Blogging Molly Dress in Navy Floral
 

Blogging Molly Dress in Navy Floral

$45.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Dance Floor Date Dress in Scarlet from ModCloth
 

Dance Floor Date Dress in Scarlet from ModCloth

$59.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Peach Vivienne Lace Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Peach Vivienne Lace Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Red & Black Color Block Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Red & Black Color Block Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

The Neyla Dress in Rouge from ModCloth
 

The Neyla Dress in Rouge from ModCloth

$189.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Fond Voyage Dress from ModCloth
 

Fond Voyage Dress from ModCloth

$94.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Hearts & Roses Red Polka Dot Sleeveless Dress
 

Hearts & Roses Red Polka Dot Sleeveless Dress

$43.60

Buy at: Hot Topic

Salty and Pepper Dress from ModCloth
 

Salty and Pepper Dress from ModCloth

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Hearts & Roses Blue White Trim Halter Dress
 

Hearts & Roses Blue White Trim Halter Dress

$43.60

Buy at: Hot Topic

Like, Oh My Dot! 1950s Fashion Dress
 

Like, Oh My Dot! 1950s Fashion Dress

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Hit the Sail Dress from ModCloth
 

Hit the Sail Dress from ModCloth

$54.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Navy Rhapsody Swing Dress
 

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Navy Rhapsody Swing Dress

$148.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Places to Go, People to See Dress in Floral
 

Places to Go, People to See Dress in Floral

$41.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Black & White Polka Dot Belted Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Polka Dot Belted Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Author Outings Dress in Rouge
 

Author Outings Dress in Rouge

$79.99

Buy at: ModCloth

All Occasion Pass Dress
 

All Occasion Pass Dress

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Black & White Bats Halter Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Bats Halter Swing Dress

$84.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Beacon of Charm Dress in Plaid
 

Beacon of Charm Dress in Plaid

$124.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Hearts & Roses Black Red Trim Halter Dress
 

Hearts & Roses Black Red Trim Halter Dress

$43.60

Buy at: Hot Topic

Beacon of Charm Dress in Coast
 

Beacon of Charm Dress in Coast

$61.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Saturday Sojourn Skirt
 

Saturday Sojourn Skirt

$59.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Blue & Pink Floral Retro Garden Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Blue & Pink Floral Retro Garden Swing Dress

$94.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Yellow Floral Dolores Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Yellow Floral Dolores Swing Dress

$64.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Red Sara Stretch Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Red Sara Stretch Swing Dress

$83.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Authentic Vintage Pink & Floral Cap Sleeve Swing Dress
 

1950s Authentic Vintage Pink & Floral Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

$98.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Pink & Ivory Floral Bouquet Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Pink & Ivory Floral Bouquet Swing Dress

$92.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Emilie Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Emilie Swing Dress

$80.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Red & White Polka Dot Cold Shoulder Flare Dress
 

Red & White Polka Dot Cold Shoulder Flare Dress

$48.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Navy Floral Halter Swing Sundress
 

1950s Style Navy Floral Halter Swing Sundress

$48.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Navy Floral Fit N Flare Sundress
 

Navy Floral Fit N Flare Sundress

$48.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style White Floral Swing Sundress
 

1950s Style White Floral Swing Sundress

$48.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style White Floral & Bird Swing Sundress
 

1950s Style White Floral & Bird Swing Sundress

$48.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style White Floral Halter Swing Sundress
 

1950s Style White Floral Halter Swing Sundress

$48.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Room for Blooms Dress in Blue
 

Room for Blooms Dress in Blue

$51.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Turquoise Short Sleeve Rita Fitted Wiggle Dress
 

Turquoise Short Sleeve Rita Fitted Wiggle Dress

$90.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black Cherry Print Misses Swing Dress
 

Black Cherry Print Misses Swing Dress

$54.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Hell Bunny Liv Red Dress
 

Hell Bunny Liv Red Dress

$39.98

Buy at: Hot Topic

Hell Bunny Emilie Dress
 

Hell Bunny Emilie Dress

$78.80

Buy at: Hot Topic

Hell Bunny Red Judy Dress
 

Hell Bunny Red Judy Dress

$39.98

Buy at: Hot Topic

Mint Foxy Mini Fit N Flare Dress
 

Mint Foxy Mini Fit N Flare Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Unique Vintage Lilac Lace 1950s Party Swing Dress
 

Unique Vintage Lilac Lace 1950s Party Swing Dress

$75.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Taupe Lace Darla Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Taupe Lace Darla Swing Dress

$196.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Blue Fiona Petals Beverly Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Blue Fiona Petals Beverly Swing Dress

$116.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Floral Cotton Twill Scallop Brenda Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Floral Cotton Twill Scallop Brenda Swing Dress

$122.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Roses Are Red 1950s Style Haute Milan Swing Dress
 

Roses Are Red 1950s Style Haute Milan Swing Dress

$158.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Cream Summer Rose Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Cream Summer Rose Swing Dress

$136.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & White Polka Dot Heather Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Polka Dot Heather Swing Dress

$122.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Grey Plaid Dorothy Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Grey Plaid Dorothy Swing Dress

$174.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Beyond a Shadow of a Dot Dress
 

Beyond a Shadow of a Dot Dress

$159.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Retro Chic - Swing Dress
 

Retro Chic - Swing Dress

$68.50

Buy at: Torrid

Georgia Gallivanting Dress
 

Georgia Gallivanting Dress

$124.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Humbly Haute Dress in Red
 

Humbly Haute Dress in Red

$189.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Chord-ially Yours Dress in Magenta
 

Chord-ially Yours Dress in Magenta

$44.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Garden Gazer Dress
 

Garden Gazer Dress

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

1950s Style Black & Green Vampiress Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & Green Vampiress Swing Dress

$84.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots
 

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots

$59.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Front Perch Swing Dress
 

Front Perch Swing Dress

$112.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & Nude Midtown Halter Swing Dress
 

Preorder - Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black & Nude Midtown Halter Swing Dress

$118.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

And Many More Dress
 

And Many More Dress

$94.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Cornucopia of Cute Dress
 

Cornucopia of Cute Dress

$49.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Owls Sleeveless Button Up Flare Dress
 

Owls Sleeveless Button Up Flare Dress

$70.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Navy & Red Hearts Bombshell Flare Dress
 

Navy & Red Hearts Bombshell Flare Dress

$60.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Red Floral Cap Sleeve Greta Flare Dress
 

Red Floral Cap Sleeve Greta Flare Dress

$90.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Cream Day of the Dead Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Cream Day of the Dead Swing Dress

$90.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Guest of Honor Dress in Vines
 

Guest of Honor Dress in Vines

$94.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Retro Chic Gingham Swing Dress
 

Retro Chic Gingham Swing Dress

$51.48

Buy at: Torrid

1950s Style Green & White Dot Megan Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Green & White Dot Megan Swing Dress

$90.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Pink Retro Kitty Cut Out Flare Dress
 

1950s Style Pink Retro Kitty Cut Out Flare Dress

$84.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Pink & Green Larissa Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Pink & Green Larissa Swing Dress

$88.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Peacock Royale Monique Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Peacock Royale Monique Swing Dress

$100.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style White & Pink Rose Poppy Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style White & Pink Rose Poppy Swing Dress

$178.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Mint Floral Marisol Swing Dress
 

Stop Staring! 1950s Style Mint Floral Marisol Swing Dress

$186.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Dark Blue Floral Ophelia Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Dark Blue Floral Ophelia Swing Dress

$72.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & White Dotted Color Block Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Dotted Color Block Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Belted Sleeveless Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Belted Sleeveless Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & White Sleeveless Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & White Sleeveless Swing Dress

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

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

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

$66.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black Belted Polly Shirt Dress
 

1950s Style Black Belted Polly Shirt Dress

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

1950s Style Black & Red Dottie Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black & Red Dottie Swing Dress

$76.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

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