Men's 1950s Fancy Dress
The 1950s is an iconic era and there are a range of fancy dress outfits inspired by this decade. Men's 1950s fancy dress can range from young, preppy American high school fashion to iconic outfits from famous singers and celebrities of the time.
Types of fancy dress
One of the most popular styles of 1950s fancy dress is outfits inspired by the legendary Elvis Presley. Many outfits are versions of Elvis' iconic white sequinned jumpsuit. Allegedly Elvis wore jumpsuits with his signature flared leg as he believed that a suit was too stuffy.
There are many fancy dress variations of this famous outfit, which can include red fringing, a red scarf and a large gold or white belt. If white and red are not for you, choose a black faux leather jumpsuit. Complete the look with a trademark Elvis black quiff wig and gold sunglasses.
The Teddy Boy outfit is iconic to the 1950s. The fashion was spearheaded by a Savile Row tailor inspired by King Edward VII and the look typically consists of narrow trousers, a white shirt and a buttoned waistcoat. This 50s' subculture thoroughly embraced rock and roll music and the fashion and music soon become indistinguishable. Generally a Teddy Boy fancy dress outfit will consist of a large square red or blue jacket with a mock white shirt and a neck tie.
A WW2 officer is another popular early 1950s' fancy dress costume. A complete costume typically comes with a beret, tie, trousers, belt and jacket. An alternative is a wartime airline pilot costume, which consists of a navy blue jacket with gold stripes and buttons, navy blue trousers and a matching pilot hat. Add a pair of aviator sunglasses to complete the look.
Aside from Elvis, 1950s style is famously associated with The Fonz and Grease, which both had a cult following during this era. However, standard workwear traditionally took the form of dark brown and blue suits, whereas casualwear of the time included 'preppy' style cardigans buttoned up over a white shirt and tie.