Sock Hops, Part 6: Women’s Costumes

When you go to a sock hop you have to have the perfect fifties costume. You want to look as if you just walked out of the fifties. In order to dress the part typically you would have to do a little research on what type of fifties or sixties style you want. No worries, we’ve done the hard part for you. Read through some of these descriptions and mix and match to find the perfect fifties outfit for you.

Pencil Skirt:
Pencil skirts were huge in the 50s and 60s. They were usually worn by the more mature women of the time. These skirts are actually coming back in style for us now so they are something that would be easy for any women to find. Pencil skirts, or silhouettes, come high around the waist where they are fairly form fitting, accentuating the waist. The length of the skirt typically drops below the knee. This was considered a great office skirt but because of how form fitting it tends to be it was considered a sexier skirt of the time, revealing more of the curves of women.

Pencil Pants:
These were considered a more casual version of the pencil skirt. When pencil skirts first came out they were actually called wabble skirts due to how difficult it was to walk in them. They were able to adjust that and make it more comfortable, but some women still found it more comfortable to wear the pencil pants. These were cute, form fitting jeans or pants that would fall right below the knee. Some had 1-2 inch slights on the outside of each pant leg.

These were worn often in more casual settings. They were popular in many different colors and fabrics. Jean versions were also seen though not as in style as some of the others.

Poodle Skirt:
What says 50s or 60s better than a poodle skirt? Poodle skirts are the best for a sock hop. They are comfortable and easy to move around and dance in. These are the typical skirts that would have been seen at a sock hop.

Poodle skirts also look the best with bobby socks. These are fun socks of the 50s. They typically rolled over and had lace or a design on the sides. Because you’ll be kicking off your shoes and dancing in your socks these would be the best to show off your dance moves in.

Any colored blouse would be the typical shirt that would be worn during the time.

Chiffon Scarf:
To add the finishing touch to whatever of the above choice you make, you’ll have to pick out the perfect accessories. A chiffon scarf would look great with any of the above options.

Even though you’ll be kicking your shoes off they are still an essential part of your outfit. Saddle oxford shoes will look the best with your poodle skirt. It is the classic combination.

Slipper or ballet shoes were popular at the time. They can be worn with either skirts or pants. They would look great with the pencil pants. These are easy to find right now because they too have come back in style.

A great addition to your custom would be cateye glasses. These are so fun and are sure to catch everyone eyes.

Just remember to figure out one style and stick with it. You’ll have more fun at a sock hop if your dressed the part.

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