50s dresses are a glamorous and popular choice for fashion fans of the era and lovers of all things vintage. A wide range of styles of 50s dresses can be purchased here on eBay in sizes from small to XL in a range of vibrant colours and patterns. New and used styles are available as well as original vintage dresses.
During the 1950s dresses became everyday outfits for women. 50s style dresses oozed glamour and sensuality and were cut with narrow, soft shoulders and nipped in, ‘wasp-like’ waists to emphasise curves. All 50s style dresses typically follow two midi-length styles; those full-skirted and those with figure-hugging sheath style skirts.
Design and detailing
50s dresses are often a fashionista’s favourite as this type of dress offers up so many variations in garment detailing. This allows you to experiment with different styles and looks according to your personality and sense of occasion. 50s dresses are made from a variety of materials including daywear favourites wool and linen and lightweight cotton mixes suitable for both day or eveningwear.
Various styles of 50s dresses include design features such as fancy Peter Pan, mandarin or shawl collars and belts, pleats and pretty bows. Or for a real sassy look, you can opt for those 50s style dresses which include bustiers or corsets, halters or plunging necklines, ruches, ruffles and bubble hemlines perfect for party nights, vintage gatherings or for an alternative take on prom wear.
The 50s swing dress
50s style dresses include rockabilly style 50s swing dresses for evening or party wear. The 50s swing dress is the most iconic 50s style dress, typically sleeveless or cap-sleeved with a fitted bodice and a full skirt which balloons out from a natural waistline. For an authentic vintage look, 50s swing dresses can be worn with a petticoat underneath to add extra fullness to the skirt. Tailored bodices are often decorated with oversized buttons and bows with different styles of collar often in colour contrasting white.