How to Dress Like a Girl in the '50s

Look pretty in a 1950s fashion.
Look pretty in a 1950s fashion. (Image: George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Choosing the proper attire for an era-appropriate 1950s costume can either help you claim first prize in a costume contest or leave you in the dust. Prepare your little girl's outfit in advance by scouring vintage stores or sewing your own 1950s girls outfit. Little girls in the '50s were known for their flouncy petticoats, jumpers, and perfectly polished flat shoes; therefore, outfit your little one in the same fashions, using items you already own or purchasing clothing and accessories to complete the look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tea-length jumper
  • Bright blouse
  • White fold-over socks
  • Black Mary Jane shoes
  • Tea hat
  • Gloves
  • Headband

Dress your daughter in a tea-length jumper with a vibrant pattern and a brightly colored blouse underneath. Little girls wore jumpers on a daily basis in the 1950s because jeans and shorts were not allowed at school.

Place white fold-over socks on her feet. Other colors are acceptable if the socks coordinate with the outfit.

Accessorize with shiny flat Mary Jane style shoes on the feet to complete the look. Mary Janes come in different colors, so choose a coordinating color to complement the look or pick standard black.

Finish with a tea hat and short gloves for a dressy day look, or place her hair into a ponytail with a simple headband for a more casual style.

Tips & Warnings

  • The more casual at-home look for girls is similar to today's fashions, with jeans and a blouse.

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