8 Gorgeous ‘50s-Style Rockabilly Dresses Curvy Women Can Rock

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The curvy, hourglass figure was made for rockabilly style: Think nipped in waists, full skirts, figure skimming capri pants, and gorgeous necklines.

Retro-vintage is perfect for flattering curves, and works for all ages, in all seasons – from full summer skirts for the Roman Holiday look, to slinky wiggle dresses for a fabulous festive night out.

Take inspiration from Mad Men’s Joan Holloway and her curve-clinging, seriously stylish looks. Add underskirts for a true '50s rockabilly look, or keep it simple with block colour shift dresses or stylish separates.

Picking the right rockabilly dress for you, and your curves, is much easier than it sounds – and this guide will put you on the right track.

1. Rock This Classic '50s Style...

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When you think '50s rockabilly style, you visualise nipped in waists, full skirts and prints. It’s a classic look – perfect for curvy girls – and perennially on-trend. Not sure which print to go for? Florals work all throughout the year, so try a dark background for a winter alternative to pastels and team with a cute cardigan for that perfect Grease-esque feel.

2. Be Happy In a Halterneck

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Halterneck dresses are wonderful for the larger bosom. Just make sure you have a good fitting bra, and then marvel at the gorgeous cleavage – and support – they provide. If you don’t like baring your arms, add a classic retro cardigan, while a halterneck with a shirt-style collar will score bonus vintage points.

3. Afternoon Tea (Dress) Style

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There’s nothing more fun than dressing up in your finery for afternoon tea at a fancy hotel. Give the occasion a retro feel with a classic tea dress. Think floral print, in a shirtwaister style with a button front. Add a corsage, vintage brooch, or a faux fur stole for retro elegance. Floaty fabrics cling and flatter in all the right places.

4. Hello Sweetheart, I Love That Neckline

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The sweetheart neckline – one that has a curved edge on either side and looks like the top of a heart – is flattering to your curves. Cute puff sleeves balance out the look with a full skirt, or a pencil skirt: You decide. Perfect in a block colour, be bold and try to keep away from black. Add a contrasting belt, and cinch in that waist.
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5. Make That Dress Stand Out

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The best way to add classic '50s rockabilly style to any full-skirted dress is to add layers of frilly skirt. If your dress is printed, go for black or white, or choose one of the colours in the pattern and go for that. Add one petticoat for fullness, or follow the proper '50s girls style, and add a few more for the ultimate in stand-out style!

6. Wiggle Those Curves

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The classic vintage ‘wiggle dress’ was favoured by movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren – and who wouldn’t want to steal the style of these bombshells? Figure-hugging, these work perfectly for curvy girls, accentuating your curves and giving you a movie star wiggle when you walk. Ideal for formal occasions, a black wiggle dress is the LBD every curvy girl should have in her wardrobe. A long-sleeved version with a neck bow is perfect office wear, too.

7. Make Like Mad Men

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Bring out your inner Joan Holloway with gorgeous pencil skirts and a fitted top. Joan’s classic look was fitted, showing off her beautiful curves in all their glory, so if you prefer the Betty Draper look, make sure your vintage style has florals or prints.

8. Stylish Separates

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If dresses aren’t your thing, you can still embrace the vintage rockabilly look with retro-inspired separates. Think high-waisted, swing-style, wide leg trousers. Add a simple shirt, or just a plain T-shirt and a cute ’50s style neck scarf. Wide trousers are flattering to curves, and capri pants work beautifully. Just keep the top half fitted to balance out either style: A wrap top works perfectly.

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