50s Poodle Skirt Costumes
Fun, Flirty, 50's Poodle Skirt
Rock around the clock in a poodle skirt costume!
A poodle skirt with matching blouse, crinoline, bobby socks and saddle shoes, topped off with a ponytail is perfect for a 1950s themed party such as a sock hop, and it also makes a fun Halloween costume.
I remember wearing bobby socks and saddle shoes through early grade school, and I had a ponytail for awhile too (and blue cat eye glasses!), but apparently I was a few years too young to have a poodle skirt.
The poodle skirt is one of the iconic images of the 1950s, and represented a return to light-hearted femininity after the more sober wartime fashions of the 1940s. It is a circle skirt that falls to below the knee, and has a poodle design or other favorite emblem appliqued to the fabric. It was ideal apparel for teenage girls dancing to the new rock 'n roll music of the time, with the skirt swinging out as the girls swirled around, dancing to their favorite music at the sock hop.
Poodle Skirt Costume
Get the Complete Costume - Shown Above (with Link Below)
You can piece together your own costume from various sources, or you can buy the complete costume with skirt, blouse, and some of the accessories included.
From Cruisin' USA as shown above.
This comes with:
- Black skirt with pink poodle. Elastic waist.
- Black blouse with pink poodle
- Pink petticoat
- Pink cinch belt and chiffon scarf
- Bobby socks and cats eye glasses included
Find some saddle shoes or comfortable white Keds to complete your adorable ensemble!
Search for other complete outfits and separately sold skirts and accessories at Cruisin' USA / Retro Apparel.
Where Else to Find Poodle Skirt Outfits
Inexpensive poodle skirts and outfits are easy to find in costume shops, and perhaps even in drugstores around Halloween. Good quality options can be found online, such as listed above, and also through Amazon (see below).
You may not be able to find an authentic poodle skirt made of wool felt, but there are many decent quality reproductions that wear well. Since the skirts are wide, all you need is your correct waist measurement for a good fit.
Pink and White Poodle Skirt and Blouse Outfit
This cute, flirty 1950s Poodle Skirt from Rubie's Costume Company (sold on Amazon) includes:
- Pink poodle skirt
- Black petticoat
- Crisp white blouse with poodle design
- Black belt
- Black scarf
- White bobby socks
- Cat-eye sunglasses
(Saddle shoes sold separately)
This is another fun ensemble that is sure to bring attention to you at your next sock hop or costume party!
You Can Also Sew Your Own Skirt
Back in the 1950s, young women made their own poodle skirts.
If you're a sewer, you can make your own ensemble from patterns such as this one to the right.
This 1950s At the Hop Poodle Skirt pattern set includes an easy-to-sew circle skirt pattern that a poodle applique can be added to, a Peter Pan collared blouse, and if you are a knitter, there are also instructions for an easy-to-knit cardigan sweater.
Poodle Skirt Sewing Pattern
Find Some Saddle Shoes to Complete Your Outfit
The most fashionable footwear to go along with your fun outfit would be a good sturdy pair of white and black saddle shoes. But an inexpensive and comfortable pair of Keds would also go well with your ensemble. White shoes work with any poodle skirt costume, but you could also find shoes to match your outfit colors.
Cool Saddle Shoes
Poodle Skirts Were For 1950's Teenage Girls
It was during the 1950s that products such as movies, books, music, and fashions were marketed specifically toward teens for the first time. This included the poodle skirt for teenage girls (adult women did NOT wear poodle skirts!).
The poodle skirt is a type of circle skirt that was popular during the 50s. Poodle skirts during this time were often made out of a large circle of wool felt, often in bright "girly" colors, and decorated with appliques along with embroidery, beading, and sequins.
Even though the poodle appliques were the most common decorations, other favorite symbols could be used instead, such as 45 rpm records, flamingos, or an artist's palette.
The full, swinging shape of the poodle skirt was perfect for dancing to the new Rock 'n Roll music of that time, doing dances such as the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug.
The rest of the outfit to go along with the poodle skirt often included a crinoline petticoat for extra shape and swish, along with a blouse and maybe a cardigan, saddle shoes and bobby sox, and topped off with a ponytail or other 50s hairstyle.
A Couple of Fun Videos to Get You in the 50's Groove
Here are a couple of fun YouTube videos with women dancing in their poodle skirt outfits.
The first one is the most fun to watch (in my opinion) although the quality isn't as good. The second one really gets swinging a little over halfway through the video, and shows some very cute costumes.
Rockin' Robin -- They Are Having Fun Boppin' to This Fun Song!
Rock Around the Clock
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