If you are looking for a vintage cocktail dress or party dress from the 1950’s era for you to wear as a costume or as is, then here are some 50’s cocktail dresses for you to consider. These dresses are all in excellent condition, so they are wearable as is, or you could update them in your own style by adding or subtracting features to or from the dress.
During the fifties, women did not wear pants to parties. They wore only dresses. Dresses ranged in price depending on who made the dress, what material it was made of, and if it had beads or sequins. Some of these cocktail dresses are dressy enough to wear as a wedding dress or a bridesmaid dress, and certainly dressy enough to wear as a guest to a wedding. Many of these will be able to be dressed down for a night on the town, or a trip to your favorite bar.
These dresses are divided up by the material that they are made of, and there are plenty more if you click through any of the links on this page. As the dresses become unavailable, they will be replaced on this page with new dresses.
The Little Black Cocktail Dress
The little black dress, brought out by Coco Chanel, was copied in every material, and by every designer and knock off in fashion, and these dresses generally can be worn as an up to date style today, because they were known for their simple style. Just add the right jewelry, shoes, and a handbag, and you are ready to step out.
Vintage 50’s Brocade Cocktail Dresses
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Vintage 50’s Lace Cocktail Dresses
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Vintage 50’s Silk Cocktail Dresses
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Features of the 1950’s Cocktail Dress
The 1950’s was an era of fun. Most dresses of that era are simple in style, many with wide collars, and some with fluffed out skirts. There are print dresses, but solid colors were much more popular during the 1950’s. Dresses were long sleeved, short sleeved, and strapless, and made for dancing to rock n roll, the music of the times. This is the time period that the popular Happy Days television show was chronicling, so if you need some ideas of what 50’s clothes looked like, you can watch episodes of Happy Days on Youtube.
Vintage 50’s Chiffon Cocktail Dresses
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Vintage 50’s Velvet Cocktail Dresses
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Vintage 50’s Beaded Cocktail Dresses
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