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Dress Up in a Poodle Skirt Outfit on Halloween or the Next School Dance

Updated on December 30, 2014

Poodle Skirts for Everyone

Poodle Skirts for Everyone
Poodle Skirts for Everyone | Source

Poodle Skirt Costumes are Easy Party Dress Up Ideas

Sock hop dances and Halloween parties are fun occasions for dressing up in a retro 50's look with a poodle skirt outfit, complete with skirt, Saddle shoes, Bobby socks and cateye glasses.

With 50s themed sock hops being one of the common themes for dances, parents are finding that they need to be (sometime rather quickly) pulling together these 50s inspired costumes.

Dressing up in a Poodle Skirt outfit together can also be a relatively easy Halloween costume for young girls, teens and women. Of course if you'd rather make you own, see the Make a Poodle Skirt with a DIY Pattern that will walk you through making your own circle skirt.

I didn't know much about the history of the poodle skirts before writing these pages, so I have also included what I could find about how the poodle skirt was developed and went on to become one of the iconic looks for the 1950s.

Poodle Skirt Outfits for Girls available on Amazon

Poodle Skirts and Outfits - A 1950s Classic

50's style poodle skirts are a fun retro costume to wear for any school dance or to wear as an easy Halloween costume.

The costume is pretty easy to put together,especially if you have some old poodle skirts hanging around in storage or can find them at a thrift store.

Doesn't this tween to the right look like she is having a lot of fun? I really like the bright lime green, which is more of a contemporary color than the traditional 50's pink, black and white. She also has the right amount of sass for a 50s retro look.

Starting at the top the pieces of the costume include: hair scarf (to match the skirt) and cateye glasses, white polo shirt, wide elastic cinch belt, poodle skirt (to match the scarf), crinoline petticoat, bobby socks and saddle shoes. Our model here is rocking two scarves, one in her ponytail and one as a neck scarf.

Many times the accessories like the belt and the petticoat match the color of the poodle on the skirt and the socks; in this case the poodle is black. Other favorite poodle colors are pink or white.

The skirts and scarves come in a variety of colors. Trying to pick just one might be difficult. The skirts come in black with white poodle, black with pink poodle, hot pink, pink, purple, red, teal, yellow and lime green all with a black poodle. Of course if you make your own, then you can come up with your own special color combination.

With all of the colors, poodle skirts make great group costume ideas. They come in sizes as small as infants up through plus sizes making them a costume that can be worn by women of all ages.

4 Piece Child Poodle Skirt Outfit available on Amazon

Hip Hop 50s Shop Adult 3 Piece Poodle Skirt Costume Set
Hip Hop 50s Shop Adult 3 Piece Poodle Skirt Costume Set

This 3 piece outfit comes with the poodle skirt, matching polo shirt and a chiffon scarf.

 

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Colorful Poodle Skirt Outfits on Amazon

If you don't have time to pull your own costume together, these poodle skirt outfits come with most of what you need for a complete costume.

Hip Hop 50s Shop Adult 7 Piece Poodle Skirt Costume Set Red Medium
Hip Hop 50s Shop Adult 7 Piece Poodle Skirt Costume Set Red Medium

The ultimate poodle skirt costume, this 7 piece outfit comes with the poodle skirt, a petticoat, matching polo shirt, Bobby socks, chiffon scarf, cateye glasses and even a cinch belt

 

Create A 50's Retro Look

Adult Poodle Skirt+ Accessories

Poodle Skirt Outfit for Adult
Poodle Skirt Outfit for Adult | Source

Poodle Skirt for Children

Hip Hop 50s Shop 4 Piece Child Poodle Skirt Costume Set, Size Medium Hot Pink
Hip Hop 50s Shop 4 Piece Child Poodle Skirt Costume Set, Size Medium Hot Pink

This 4 piece child outfit comes with the poodle skirt, Bobby socks, chiffon scarf and cateye glasses.

 

Items Needed for a Complete Poodle Skirt Outfit

To create a retro 50's costume look, start with a poodle skirt and add:

  1. Poodle Skirt
  2. Crinoline Petticoat or Underskirt
  3. White polo top or Peter Pan Collar Blouse
  4. Wide Elastic Cinch Belt
  5. Saddle Shoes
  6. Bobby Socks
  7. Neck / Hair Scarf
  8. Faux Cateye-Frame Glasses

Create the Retro 50"s Look with a Poodle Skirt

This Poodle Skirt outfit has the poodle skirt, cateye glasses, chiffon neck or hair scarf and Bobby socks.

In this color combination all of the accessories match the color of the poodle.

Poodle Skirt Outfit for Adult available on Amazon

Hip Hop 50s Shop Adult Poodle Skirt
Hip Hop 50s Shop Adult Poodle Skirt

This 25" long poodle skirt comes in a variety of colors: black with white poodle, black with pink poodle, hot pink, pink, purple, red, teal, yellow and lime green all with a black poodle.

Made from acrylic felt.

 

Poodle Skirts on Amazon

To see some of the different color combinations look at the image below. This version is just the skirt.

Poodle Skirt Color Combinations

Poodle Skirt Combinations
Poodle Skirt Combinations | Source

Crinoline Petticoat

Petticoats help to make the poodle skirts puff out more and can be seen under the skirt when twirling around on the dance floor.

Crinoline Petticoat for Adults

Top Rated Womens Crinoline Petticoat Underskirt for 50s Poodle Skirt Costume or prom or vintage dresses, by Malco Modes. Tulle tutu skirt, bridal petticoat. Plus size petticoat available Black
Top Rated Womens Crinoline Petticoat Underskirt for 50s Poodle Skirt Costume or prom or vintage dresses, by Malco Modes. Tulle tutu skirt, bridal petticoat. Plus size petticoat available Black

This tea-length crinoline petticoat with 2 layers, each with 5 tiers will help make your Poodle skirt stand out.

Comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

 

Crinoline Petticoat for Girls

Hip Hop 50s Shop Girls Crinoline Petticoat Slip - Large Child Black
Hip Hop 50s Shop Girls Crinoline Petticoat Slip - Large Child Black

This girls nylon petticoat comes with 2 layers, each with several tiers for extra puffiness.

 

White Blouse or Shirt

Use a Peter pan style blouse or wear a white polo shirt in a pinch.

White Blouse or Polo Shirt

Peter Pan Blouse - Adult L (White)
Peter Pan Blouse - Adult L (White)

50's style blouse with a Peter Pan color for adults.

 
Dickies Juniors' Short-Sleeve Pique Polo Shirt
Dickies Juniors' Short-Sleeve Pique Polo Shirt

Polo shirts for juniors in a variety of colors. With the right color, this is one that can be reused.

 

Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks for Kids

Outfit your feet with Saddle Oxford shoes and Bobby socks.

Saddle Shoes and Bobby Socks for Adults

Dress up your feet in these 50's inspired Saddle Shoes and poodle embellished Bobby socks. For a bit of fun try pink saddle shoes and combine them with pink poodle Bobby socks.

Funtasma by Pleaser Women's Halloween SADDLE-50,Black/White Polyurethane,9 M
Funtasma by Pleaser Women's Halloween SADDLE-50,Black/White Polyurethane,9 M

Choose from a number of different color combinations with this Saddle Shoe.

 
Hip Hop 50s Shop Womens Bobby Sock With Hot Pink Poodle Applique - Adult Size White with Hot Pink
Hip Hop 50s Shop Womens Bobby Sock With Hot Pink Poodle Applique - Adult Size White with Hot Pink

Fun Bobby socks with pink poodle appliques for the perfectly pink 50s look.

 

Sheer Chiffon Scarf

Add the chiffon scarf of your color choice.

Sheer Rose Pink Scarf
Sheer Rose Pink Scarf

Tie the scarf in your hair, as a headband or around your neck.

Measures 21 by 21 inches.

 

Cateye Glasses

Don't forget the Cateye glasses in a color to match your poodle skirt.

G&G Rhinestone Cat Eye 50s Party Sunglasses Pink/clear
G&G Rhinestone Cat Eye 50s Party Sunglasses Pink/clear

Add some cat eye rhinestone glasses in a pretty shade of pink or choose another color like a more sedate black.

 
Rhinestone Cat Eye 50s Party Glasses in Many Colors
Rhinestone Cat Eye 50s Party Glasses in Many Colors

Choose your own color of rhinestone embellished 50s glasses.

 

All Dressed Up and Ready to Rock 'n Roll

Poodle Skirt Outfits for Adult available on Amazon

Cute Poodle Skirt Outfits on eBay

Check the sizing, some of the costume sets are for adults and others for children.

History of Poodle Skirts

The Poodle Skirt is an Embellished Circle Skirt

The Poodle Skirt started as a circle skirt. These swingy skirts were popular after the second world war, perhaps because, for a change, there was more fabric available and women wanted to celebrate with a carefree design.

If you look at the pattern the swingy skirt is a very simple. It is also a very flattering style that can be worn by women of many different shapes. The skirt fabric is helpful for hiding larger hips and any excess muffin tops contributing to the popularity of the skirt.

If you look at the pattern in the lower left you can see it is pretty simple. The Swingy Skirt could be made quickly from just two pieces of fabric and in this pattern a zipper. Since the pattern was so simple just with a some fabric and a few calculations to customize the size, teenagers in the 1950s were able to make their own custom circle skirts which were worn at sock hops.

Thanks to Juli Lynne Charlot lack of sewing skills (read more below) the circle skirts were embellished with poodles and other appliques, and started a fashion-craze that continues to this day.

Circle or Swingy Skirt pattern from libertygrace0. Used under Creative Commons license.

Swingy Skirt

Sew a Swingy Skirt
Sew a Swingy Skirt | Source

Lynne Charlot Created the Embellished Circle Skirt

As with many ideas, the poodle skirt was born out of necessity by self-proclaimed non-sewer Lynne Charlot and went on to become quite a profitable business.

At the time she was an actress who needed quick and easy something to wear to a 1947 holiday party in Los Angeles. The drawback was that she didn't sew.

Charlot described her popular skirt style in a 1953 interview with the Toledo Blade, touting "Girl Who Couldn't Sew Booms Into Business With Circle Skirt."

After cutting out the large felt circle she decorated it with an appliqued Christmas tree. Charlot sold her first circle skirt a week later because she needed the money. From there the orders started coming in for her decorated whimsical circle skirts.

To start with these story-telling skirts were very popular with adults, but they also became very popular with teens who were making their own circle skirts from felt with poodle and other appliques.

Poodle skirt adapted from shortiestar3000. Used under Creative Commons license.

Vintage Poodle Skirt

Poodle Skirt
Poodle Skirt | Source

Articles on the History of the Circle Poodle Skirt

More than just a Halloween costume the poodle skirt is one of "the looks" associated with the 1950s. Many teenagers and even some of their mothers own this popular style of skirt.

These are the articles that I found with more of the history of this iconic 50's style.

I cut it [the skirt] out of felt, because I didn't know how to sew, and that was the only material I knew wide enough to cut a complete circle skirt without any seams.

— Lynne Charlot (Creator of the felt circle skirt)

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