50s Style Wiggle Dresses
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
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.
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
Red 50s Style Wiggle Dresses
Lindy Bop "Heidi" Red 50s Style Pencil Dress
Blue 50s Style Wiggle Dresses
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.
Wiggle Dress Fashion Pages
- Vintage Bulletin, the Vintage Clothing blog: What is a 'Wiggle Dress'?
A discussion about the Wiggle dress and its alternative modern day names
- Vintage Prom Dressses, Flapper Dress, Retro, Swing, 1950s Dresses
Offers a unique collection of vintage style retro clothing including vintage prom dresses, 1950s dresses, rockabilly, flapper, swing, bridesmaid and retro cocktail dresses.
- Vintage in a modern world
A collection of retro styles on Pinterest
- fashion history | Wearing History
Fashion history blog site
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?