1950s Vintage Swing Dresses with Full Circle Skirts

In the 1950s, one popular daytime wear for women was the full-skirted swing dress. Stylish but casual, the swing dress was a favourite for daytime parties, resort wear, going-to-the-cinema wear, or holiday fashion.

Generally designed with a cinched waist and a full-circle swirling skirt that fell down to the calf, these day dresses came with matching fabric belts that clasped the small waists of the fashion conscious fifties woman.

Swing Dress Styles

A swing dress can be sleeveless, with long, elbow, or short sleeves with collars styles that vary. Styles of collars include:
  • Halter neck
  • Shirt collar
  • Scoop collar
  • Sailor collar
  • Bow-tie collar, and collar-less.
  • Collarless round neck
Vintage 50s Inspired Swing Dresses Online

Some of the dresses came with matching scarves and worn with full petticoats to exaggerate the full circle cut and accentuate the skirt's elaborate flare.

Fashion designers of the mid-20th Century used a wide variety of both natural and synthetic fabrics to create their distinctive designs. However, fabrics used for daytime wear such as full-skirted dresses, circle skirts, and blouses include cotton, cotton satin, seersucker, rayon, and linen.

Floral prints, botanical prints, and neutral colours were typical of day dresses. Botanical themes included green ferns, acorns, cherries, strawberries, and cabbage roses.

The Polka dot pattern was also quite popular, as well as the diamond trellis and gingham check designs.

Today, you’ll still find vintage fifties inspired fashion; especially full-skirted gowns and similar clothing styles adopted by fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe in fashion boutiques both off and online. Their stylish clothing is now reproduced by fashion designers as 1950s vintage-inspired styles.

Further Reading:
7 Famous Fashion Designers of the Sixties
Vintage Inspired Petticoats
How to Dress Like a 1950s Woman

1950s Style Couture Prom Dresses

How about choosing a different style of dress for your prom this year, a stylish couture dress that's a deviation from the ordinary same-old fashion?

Finding a dress that's unique and outstanding is not that hard as long as you've given it some planning well before prom night. If you search online at sites like Pinterest, you will find so many amazing styles of prom dresses that will make you swoon. The problem though is it's sometimes hard to find them to buy.

If you are having your dress custom-made, that's a different story because that way, you get a special made-to-measure couture outfit that can be made to be one-of-a-kind - exclusive. However, most girls want to buy something off the rack, as stylish as it can possibly be, but nonetheless, not exclusive.

How to Stand Out From the Crowd?

To have something exclusive, it's best to go vintage-inspired. Couture fashion, styles that were 're-incarnated' from the past. What comes to mind here are trends of the 1920s and the 1950s. This article is about stylish 1950s dresses that will make great impressions on your prom night.

Dresses of the 50s were either below the knee, mid-calf, or floor-sweeping and they not only looked sophisticated, they were chic, elegant, and absolutely feminine.

If you want to dress 50s style for your prom, here are a few guiding tips:
  1. Do you want a dress that is below the knee, mid-calf or a ball gown?
  2. Sleeveless, short, mid-sleeved, or full sleeves?
  3. Do you want something demure, flouncy, or floor-sweeping?
  4. What colour works best for your skin tone?
  5. Do you have the right lingerie for your dress choice - plunge bra, body-shaper, stick-on bra, or strapless body suit? Do you think you may need a bra converter or an outer-wear basque?
  6. Jewellery -  For couture dresses of the 50s, old Hollywood style costume jewellery is what you should look for. Cocktail rings, faux pearls, brooches, dangle tassels, chokers, and bracelets.
  7. Shoes and evening bags - Go for small beaded bags with rope style handle, tapestry or satin purses. And for shoes, go for footwear you can dance in like dance shoes, peep-toe shoes, kitten heels, or dramatic stilettos.

Remember this, it is best to shop for a couture dress and accessories that you’ll be able to wear after your prom night, something you can wear to other future events like a wedding, formal occasions, or red carpet events.

So, how do you find the perfect dress out of the hundreds of styles in the shops, malls, or boutiques?

Finding vintage inspired couture dresses used to be a challenge, but not anymore. As more and more women seek their fashion obsession online, you’ll find that searching for that special look is best done online.

Not only are there hundreds to choose from, you can move from store to store without leaving your home. That's much more than you'll ever find in an entire mall.

7 Beautiful Prom Dresses Inspired by the 1950s Fashion

Further Reading:
How to Dress Like a Greek Goddess

Art Deco Style Fashion Rings

Many of today’s women’s interest in rings have been ‘sparked’ by the appeal of antique and vintage inspired rings. Not only does the intricate carvings and careful craftsmanship of these timeless rings possess an unmistakable character, their stylish details certainly surpass the “glitzy bling” of modern rings which are devoid of uniqueness and exceptional details.

There are a distinctive style and charm about authentic vintage rings that are decidedly missing in today’s fashion rings, but the one that’s most popular, the one that “takes the cake” in terms of beauty and demand are Art Deco rings, fashioned after the stylish rings of the 20s and 30s.

Art Deco Style Vintage Inspired Rings

Popular in the 1920s and 1930s, Art Deco rings are noted for their geometric themes and ornate designs. They are colourful and possess bold colours and symmetrical patterns, filigree, and diamonds. And because this era is known for its opulence and lavish partying lifestyle, nothing typifies all of that more than sprays of tiny diamonds on huge rings.

Today, it is not unusual to find that many couples are choosing vintage rings over their modern counterparts for a classic alternative to regular engagement rings. “A lot of couples say they’re not interested in a diamond at all,” says Cynthia Findlay, who has been selling vintage rings for over 35 years.

Because fashionable women wore gloves at the time, most Art Deco rings were generally flat. Asides geometric patterns, motifs include styles influenced by Egyptian, African, and American Indian culture.

Gemstones used include ruby, emerald, and sapphire, black onyx, crystal, ivory, and jade. Many also comprise of mother-of-pearl and man-made stones. They are set on metals such as silver, white gold, platinum, chrome, and marcasite.

Many vintage ring styles are accented with smaller diamonds in their design.

See Also:
Vintage Style Jewelry - Earrings
12 Show-Stopping Necklaces