Relive the Nifty Fifties with a fun, fashionable 1950s costume from Candy Apple Costumes. The 1950s were a time of drive-in diners, roller skates, rock and roll records and other simpler joys. And with our colorful costumes at quality superior to what you'll find in a big box store, people of all ages can have a blast. Grab one of our sock hop costumes for your next dance party, or go retro for Halloween with a diner doll or soda jerk outfit. Guys can rock around the clock in a colorful bowling shirt, while ladies will love twirling in a '50s poodle skirt.
Shop the largest selection of 1950s outfits and accessories with custom sizing for each snazzy piece. Imitate a real-life icon with Buddy Holly-style glasses, Marilyn Monroe wigs and John Wayne cowboy hats. You can also recapture movie magic at a "Grease" party wearing our pink lady petticoats and imitation leather T-Birds jackets. We have lots of great '50s costume ideas below - or you can mix and match to create your own fabulous threads. With affordable fifties attire in sizes from toddlers to plus-size adults, you'll always be ready to rock!
50's Costume Ideas
The 1950's saw the birth of rock and roll and the first wave of teenage uber-fans, who popularized the 50s outfit that is so famous today - poodle skirts, cat eye glasses, bobby socks, and saddle shoes. If you're going to a 50s sock hop, poodle skirts and full-skirted dresses were the popular choice of the day. If you're going to a 50s theme party but not specifically a sock hop, there are plenty of creative ways to dress up in 50s attire. Here are a few recommendations:
Sandy and Danny Grease Costumes
The movie Grease came out in 1978 but was set in a 1950's high school, where good girl Sandy Olsson and bad boy greaser Danny Zuko struggled to reunite after a summer romance. Based on a popular Broadway musical from 1971, the movie and play have enduring popularity. Who doesn't love "Suuuuuuuummer Niiii-iiiiights?"
Buddy Holly was a popular and influential American rock star whose career was cut short when he died in a plane crash in 1959. He wore "nerdy" glasses with heavy, dark frames and styled his hair in a pompadour like a greaser.
Elvis Presley was a mega rock and roll star who broke out in 1956 with his first hit, "Heartbreak Hotel." Makes a great couple costume with Priscilla, Ann Margret, or an adoring fan/bobby soxer.
Johnny Cash was a country and rock and roll musician who had his first No. 1 with "I Walk the Line" in 1957. Makes a great couple costume with June Carter Cash!
Zorro (a popular Disney show featured this character from 1957 to 1959)
Alice in Wonderland and Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, or Queen of Hearts (the famous animated Disney film was released in 1951)
Serve 'em up some fries with that shake in a Car Hop or Diner Waitress Costume! The 1940s and 50s were the Golden Age of diners, and drive-in restaurants where a cute girl on roller skates brought your food out to your car became all the rage.
Swing dancers - polka dot skirt for the gal and zoot suit for the guy! (Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, West Coast swing and more swing dances were popular throughout the 30's, 40's and 50's ... and today!)
Be the mother of them all in a pretty 50's Sitcom Housewife outfit! June Cleaver, Donna Reed and many others symbolized the ideal American mom of the 1950s in their belted dresses with full skirts, white gloves, and pearls.