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Fifties Housewife Costume Ideas for Halloween or 1950s Themed Parties

Updated on February 13, 2015
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Kitty went to school for fashion design and merchandising. She loves to design, sew, and create fashion inspired by the past.

Fifties Housewife Costume Ideas - Pictures

Me as a Dead 50s Housewife This Year!
Me as a Dead 50s Housewife This Year! | Source

Fifties Housewife Costume Ideas

For those ladies out there who are in love or thoroughly obsessed with the 1950s decade, why not try to put together a 50s housewife costume for this Halloween? This same 50s housewife costume could be used for a 50s themed party, as well.

The first thing you should do when trying to put together a 50s housewife costume is take a look at some pictures of actual 50s housewives. You can do a search on google for 50s housewives or for 1950s magazine ads to get some fifites housewife costume ideas. Or check out some of the pictures I've posted here. They are pictures of actual magazine ads in the 1950s.

What is the first part of a 50s housewife costume that you should purchase? The perfect 50s housewife dress, of course! There are so many awesome websites to shop online in order to get that perfect 50s housewife dress. If you are opting for an authentic vintage 50s housewife dress, check out the 50s dress section on or do a search for 50s vintage dresses on Both of these websites offer high quality, honest vintage dresses from the 50s that would be adorable for your 50s housewife costume.

With 50s housewife dresses, you can go with the more form-fitting sexy dress like what the first two ladies are wearing here, or you can go with the full circle-skirt "new look" dress like the 50s lady in the Tupperware ad. In addition to vintage 50s housewife dresses, you can find newly manufactured fifties housewife dresses online, as well. Check out the dresses at,, and They all offer a beautiful array of 50s housewife style dresses for your unique 50s housewife costume!

Fifties Housewife Costume Ideas

Fifties Housewife Costume Ideas - Hair, Makeup, and Accessories

So now you've already found your quintessential 50s housewife costume dress, which is the center of your 50s housewife costume, but you're still missing some key pieces? What would those key 50s pieces consist of?

First of all: every 50s housewife has to have an adorable retro apron. There are a ton of cute retro polka-dotted and cherry-printed retro aprons on Amazon for sale, etsy has a ton of vintage and handmade retro aprons, as well. Pick one that looks cute over your 50s housewife costume dress but sort of contrasts, too so that you stand out from a crowd. Even different patterns between your dress and apron would be cute, check out the lady to the right's dress and contrasting apron...which screams 50s housewife!

What about hair and make-up for a 50s housewife costume? There are some wonderfully glamorous and cute 50s hairstyles to choose from, including the page boy hairstyle, victory rolls, and the rosie the riveter hairstyle. I've posted a few hair tutorials below for you to check out and try to emulate for your 50s housewife costume hairstyle. I've also written an entire hub with step-by-step instructions on how to do different 50s retro hairstyles, you can read those instructions by clicking here. And for the make-up - opt for powder, blush, black eyeliner, and red lipstick. Red lipstick is essential at pulling off the perfect 50s housewife face.

Any other accessories that you could use in your fifties housewife costume ideas? Don't forget the retro pumps (high heels) and maybe an old iron to carry around, or instead of an iron carry around a baking bowl and spatula!

Use your imagination and think 50s, ladies! Have fun coming up with your own unique fifties housewife costume ideas and make them your own. The 50s housewife costume will make you feel like you stepped back in time.

50s Housewife Costume Hair - Rosie the Riveter Style

50s Housewife Costume Hair - Victory Rolls

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  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    RachieH - Thanks so much, I agree 50s housewife costumes are awesome. :)

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    8 years ago

    What a good idea! Voted up. I think 50's outfits are so flattering.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    MonetteforJack - Thanks, I agree!

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    8 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

    You got it all figured out :) Just wishing that I could dress like that all the time. Interesting!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    beth - Thanks. And yes, the cone bra would most definitely be necessary under the green dress. :)

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    Beth Perry 

    8 years ago from Tennesee

    Adorable ideas, and original!

    My husband stopped by while I was reading and said I need that green dress. But it'd definitely need a cone bra to go with it, don't you think? lol

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Saint - Haha...I don't think it's scary at all! Thanks for reading.

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    8 years ago

    Okay! Now, that's a scary costume!

    Great ideas, great vids!

    They did have some nice lines on the dresses back then.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Jeannie - I'm obsessed with the 50s, too! Thanks for reading. :)

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    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    This is such a cute hub! I love all 50s style collectibles and clothing, so this hub has some great ideas. The dresses are so adorable. Thanks for the information.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    8 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Frank! You rock.

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    Frank Atanacio 

    8 years ago from Shelton

    Clever, and you are a clever lady up and useful!


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