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50s Costume Ideas

Updated on February 6, 2014

1950s Costume Ideas for Men and Women

These 1950s costume ideas will take you back in time. Whether you want to be Marilyn Monroe or are looking for a costume that is a little more Grease, there are tons of great ideas that celebrate the decade.

There are so many different ways to put together a 1950s Halloween costume! You can find complete costumes or 50s-inspired costumes for sale, or you could check out thrift and consignment stores to see if you could find some original pieces. There are so many great options out there the next time you need a costume for Halloween or a theme party!

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50s Costume Ideas for Women

There are so many different looks to choose from in 1950s costumes! Poodle skirts, carhops, and 50s prom queens all make great costume ideas. Or, go for an iconic look and get the white dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in the 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch.

50s Prom Queen Adult Costume

Original Sexy Marilyn Costume

Black Retro 50s Dress Costume

California Costumes Women's Poodle Skirt

Pretty 50s Hop Diva Costume in Black

Charades Women's Poodle Skirt With Velvet Top

50s Costume Accessories for Women

Once you find the perfect dress, top it off with great accessories! A costume isn't complete without the perfect accessories, since you don't want to pair a 1950s dress with a modern style of shoe. Shoes, glasses, and more with a 50s flair will make your costume complete. Check out these costume ideas for some fun extras.

50s Costume Ideas for Men

You can be a greaser, a nerd, or even Elvis! If your Halloween date is going as a 1950s prom queen, why not find yourself a baby blue tuxedo and some thick glasses to wear to the party?

Forum Retro 50s Geek Class Nerd Mens Costume

1950's Greaser Costume

Prom King Adult Plus Costume Size Plus

Rhinestone Rocker w/ Cape Adult Costume

California Costumes Men's Rock Legend

Forum Flirtin With The 50S King Pins Bowling Shirt

50s Costume Accessories for Men

A great costume needs great accessories! Or, you can put together your own look starting with the 50s bowling shirt and then adding great extras.

1950s Costume Ideas from eBay

eBay is a fun place to shop for costumes because you can find a mix of modern Halloween costumes and vintage clothing pieces that will give your 1950s costume a more realistic feel. Plus, you might be able to find a great deal on that perfect skirt or top that was just a little bit out of your budget.

Do you have a favorite look from the 1950s? How would you put together a 50s costume? Leave a comment and let us know which costume you would wear!

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      mumsgather 4 years ago

      50s is such a fun time in terms of dressing and these costumes look fabulous.

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      NAIZA LM 4 years ago

      Awesome 50s costume ideas you have here! Perfect for anyone looking for these type of costumes.`Blessed.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What fun and varied 1950s costumes! That's a little before my time, but these indeed seem to be iconic looks perfect for Halloween.