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50s Style Wiggle Dresses

Updated on September 23, 2014

Go Retro with a 1950s Style Wiggle Dress!

50s fashions are back in style this season and there is a dress style for everyone to choose from.

Wiggle dress, pencil dress, sheath dress - call them what you will, but with one of these 50s style figure hugging dresses you will be sure to turn heads.

This selection of smart, chic dresses will add glamour and chic to your outfit for that special party or any occasion. Whether its for work or pleasure, a 1950s style wiggle dress will look great all day long.

Image shows Hell Bunny Red Tattoo Wiggle Dress

1950s Wiggle Dress Fashions
1950s Wiggle Dress Fashions

What is a 1950s Wiggle Dress?

The Fashion of the 50s

1950s fashion championed the hourglass figure and the sexy chic walk that went with it. Free from the fabric rationing of the War, women had access to bright coloured fabrics and could copy the flowing designs of creators like Dior. Clothes became prettier and available and no longer had to be practical and utilitarian.

By the mid 1950s full skirts began to be replaced by skirt that showed off the female shape more. Sheath dresses (also known as pencil dresses and more recently, wiggle dresses) , often worn with a short jacket became the height of fashion. Patterned fabrics were also replaced with plainer colours again.

The wiggle dress was defined by the fact that its waist was larger than its pinched in hemline, inspiring the “wiggle” walk when worn. Even those dresses and skirts with a slit from the hemline at the back did little to discourage the classic wiggle walk. This style was more fitting than the swing type dresses and often demanded a girdle underwear garment to tweak the figure and shape.

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Black 50s Style Wiggle Dresses

Retro Fitted Little Black Wiggle Dress

Everyone knows you can't go wrong with a little black dress for any party occasion! A gorgeous black shapely wiggle design is perfect to flatter the fuller figure in true retro fashion and will add a touch of 50s glamour to any outfit for that special occasion!

Hey Viv! Retro Black Pin Up Dress

Pin Up Pencil Dress - Jet Black (Size XL (42))
Pin Up Pencil Dress - Jet Black (Size XL (42))

Look amazing in the fitted black 50s style pencil dress. With slit back skirt, figure hugging fitted shape and matching belt for an additional chic touch, this dress boast the perfect classic retro style of the 1950s.

The girl can't help looking good in this fitted pencil dress.


Red 50s Style Wiggle Dresses

Lindy Bop "Heidi" Red 50s Style Pencil Dress

Lindy Bop 'Heidi' Chic Vintage 1950's Style Pencil Wiggle Dress (M, Red)
Lindy Bop 'Heidi' Chic Vintage 1950's Style Pencil Wiggle Dress (M, Red)

Made from stretch, machine washable fabric to give a flattering fit. Come in various sizes and a choice of raunchy red or blue colours


Blue 50s Style Wiggle Dresses

MissMay Peplum Party Wiggle Dress

Missmay Women's Formal Contrast Peplum Business Evening Party Pencil Bodycon Dress S Blue
Missmay Women's Formal Contrast Peplum Business Evening Party Pencil Bodycon Dress S Blue

This classy navy blue pencil dress with complementing pink sash is perfect for special occasions or a business event. Versatile, retro style in a fitted, stretchy material


1950s Fashion on YouTube

Interested in finding out more about 1950s fashions and styles? Take a look at this selection of YouTube videos.

Some of the videos are a compilation of modern 50s style dress remakes and others show actual footage from the 1950s.

The original footage is an excellent way to get a feel for the 1950s fashions and the accessories and hairstyles that made the glamourous images of the day.

Do you like this selection of 50s style wiggle dresses? Do you like to wear 50s styles or know someone who does? Maybe you remember other fashion eras when the styles of the 50s were quite the thing?

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      JeffGilbert 5 years ago

      My girlfriend loves these types of dresses. Great lens!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens is amazing! I really love some of this dresses and want them! :) Thanks for sharing!

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      norcalkitten78 lm 5 years ago

      I LOVE your Lens!!!! I am a huge fan of a wiggle dress... I just made anew blog that I think you might enjoy...

      Check it out, its a work in progress but I think you might dig it....

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      I'm in love with this style, and it's definitely making a comeback too! Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love feeling "lady like" in a fitted dress! Love being in unexpected places ike the grocery store or the gas station in a real June Cleaver look! Pumpkin

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I Like these dresses. Very nice.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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      nickybutler 5 years ago

      Absolutely adore this style!

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Great selection of 50's style wiggle dresses! I don't usually wear that style dress but I do love them :)