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50s Poodle Skirt Costumes

Updated on October 5, 2015
Woman twirling her poodle skirt
Woman twirling her poodle skirt | Source

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

Poodle skirt costume
Poodle skirt costume | Source

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.

Complete Black Poodle Skirt Outfit

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.

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.

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.

Poodle skirts were worn by teen girls in the 1950's.
Poodle skirts were worn by teen girls in the 1950's. | Source

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

Did You Ever Rock Around the Clock in a Poodle Skirt?

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      My mom had a poodle skirt and as teens my sister I would fight over it for our Halloween costume. It was gorgeous.

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      Karen 3 years ago from U.S.

      @DANCING COWGIRL: It sure does sound like it would've been fun :-)

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I sure wish I had lived during the 50's and danced every day in a poodle skirt.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks Ladymermaid! I think they're pretty cute too :-)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      These poodle skirts are adorable. Love your selection.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Yes! On Halloween. I rocked this look for three of my halloweens when I was a kid.. GREAT LENS!

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @levi86: Sorry this "guest book" is set to take out all HTML coding. But if you want to re-post your vintage eyeglasses url here, that would be fine.

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      levi86 6 years ago

      Perfect match for my 1950s cat eye glasses

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      Poodle skirt yes, but not in the 50's. Sorry I missed that. I love swing and jitterbug. I'd rather be dancing right now!

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      AdeleW 6 years ago

      I love the 50s era! It is very popular in our fancy dress shop and from our on-line store, based in the UK - thanks for sharing, great lens!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea that you could still get these skirts. My mom had one and my sister and I used to fight over who could wear it. I'm amazed poodle skirts are still available.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I have a poodle skirt in my Halloween costume trunk. I love it. The baby in the poodle skirt is really adorable.

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      RMKK-Marlene 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the purple star! Back in the 80's, I made a poodle skirt for my daughter as a costume when her Girl Scout troop marched in the local Mardi Gras Scout parade. So cute! As for myself, I always wanted a pair of "real" saddle oxfords when I was a kid. Nice lens!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I had a pink poodle skirt. Congratulations on the purple star!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. I was a baby in the 50s so I was rockin' in my sleepers (LOL)!

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      CruiseReady 7 years ago from East Central Florida

      I remember having one of these - they were just so much fun! ANd the saddle oxfords, too... I actually miss seeing and wearing saddle oxfords and real penny loafers.

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      SherriLaponsie 7 years ago

      I haven't seen on of the poodle skirts in a while, but I love them!

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      pixelposy 7 years ago

      I did. My mom made me a poodle skirt for a special '50's day at school. So fun!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I remember when these came out. Pink and charcoal gray was a hot color combination. I don't remember rocking round the clock much though. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh I love the fifties... the music, the dresses, the shoes... love it all. Thanks for the memories

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I love the saddle shoes then so mucht

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      This skirt is so much fun for all kinds of occasions. Love the fact that you included all the accessories too to make the perfect 50s look!

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      SquidooFanatic 7 years ago

      I love 50's fashion. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade!

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      @giacombs-ramirez: "Rockin' Robin" is so much fun :-)

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      BrandyT LM 7 years ago

      I love the little baby in the poodle skirt. Too cute!

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      What a great lens! Just when I was thinking...I need some 50s music to listen to while reading this lens, I found some! Are they saying "tweet" "tweet" on that robin song? It should be the Twitter theme song!

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I didn't wear a Poodle skirt during the time they were in fashion, but enjoyed dressing up for Girl Scout Sock hops. I made a skirt for my daughters for GS Brownies, too. Thanks for sharing a great era! Lensrolled to my 80s costume lens.

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      bechand 7 years ago

      I'll have to stop back before halloween !

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      JenaleeMortensen 7 years ago

      I was too young to have a poodle skirt. My older sister had the cat-eye glasses. The museum I worked at had a poodle skirt in storage. It seemed to me that the 50's would have been a great time to be a teenager. Thanks for this fun nostalgic lens.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      @calendarsblog: Thanks for your comment! The 50s teen "girly" was certainly different than what teenage girls mostly wear today!

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      @resabi: I had blue cat eye glasses, but not sparkly :-) They look so odd now in photos!

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      calendarsblog 7 years ago

      Well, if you're too young, I certainly am. I didn't even know what those saddle shoes were you mentioned. Learned something here :) - it's hard to imagine a time when what kids wanted was to be that girly :)

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      resabi 7 years ago

      I think I had one when I was really little. Some kind of circle skirt, anyway. Definitely wore the saddle shoes, though, and the cat glasses (plain red ones -- but I always wanted the pale blue sparkly ones. Unfortunately, pale blue is a color that make my skin go the color of old cheese. I've almost reconciled myself to that...) I mostly remember my babysitters dancing in big circle skirts. This is a fun lens. Thanks for the smile!

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      @KarenTBTEN: Thanks for your comment, Karen! I think that's the quickest I've ever gotten one after publishing :-) (My name's Karen too, BTW)

      I remember having saddle shoes for years, and then remember getting my first pair of non-saddle shoes -- that was exciting!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I never wore one -- I was born in the 70's. They do make cute costumes, though. When I was a little girl, I wanted saddle shoes.