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:

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

Flair Maiden Dress
 

Flair Maiden Dress

$89.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots
 

Dance Floor Date Dress in Dots

$59.99

Buy at: ModCloth

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 Black Satin Cocktail Swing Dress
 

1950s Style Black Satin Cocktail Swing Dress

$398.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Too Much Fun Dress in Blue Dots - Long
 

Too Much Fun Dress in Blue Dots - Long

$109.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Hell Bunny Red Tattoo Flocked Dress
 

Hell Bunny Red Tattoo Flocked Dress

$63.60

Buy at: Hot Topic

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

Unmatched Panache Dress
 

Unmatched Panache Dress

$99.99

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 Light Blue Floral Cap Sleeve Bloomsbury Chiffon Swing Dress
 

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

$224.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Too Much Fun Dress in Forest Creme
 

Too Much Fun Dress in Forest Creme

$29.99

Buy at: ModCloth

You Totally Rockabilly Jumper
 

You Totally Rockabilly Jumper

$84.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Guest of Honor Dress in Rose Garden
 

Guest of Honor Dress in Rose Garden

$94.99

Buy at: ModCloth

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

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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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