Scratching your head at where your Halloween inspiration could come from? Why not look to the past? No, I don’t mean what you wore last year. I mean to decades gone by. While it’s fun to dress up as the latest meme of the hottest celebrity, it’s also fun to remember the past with a throwback Halloween costume.
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite decades has always been the 1950’s. Maybe it’s the glamour, maybe it’s the only movies, or maybe it’s the fact that people knew how to pull off a pair of high-waisted pants like it was nobody’s business. Despite it happening a long time ago, the 50’s, still serve as a major influence for fashion, film, and more. So, why not reference them with your Halloween costume?
If you’re a bit rusty with your 1950’s knowledge, don’t worry. Instead of consulting a textbook, check out this list of some of the cutest DIY costumes that are inspired by the decade.
First BarbieFact: Barbie first hit the shelves in 1959. There are a lot of different Barbies that you can draw inspiration from, but why not dress up as the Barbie that started it all? Just make sure you have something to layer over top if you get cold in that white and black striped swimsuit. Source: Pinterest
I Love LucyWho loves Lucy Ricardo? We do! If you love watching old episodes of *I Love Lucy,* why not channel the hilarious and super chic housewife on Halloween? If you don't have vivid red hair like Lucy, a wig will work. Source: Instagram/JMillsMakeupAndHair
Marilyn MonroeIs Marilyn Monroe an original 1950's Halloween costume idea? Not exactly. However, it doesn't really matter because it's something that you cannot go wrong with. Throw on a white halter dress with a full skirt, some red lipstick, and possibly a short blonde wig, and you will feel like a major bombshell. Warning: You might want to start rocking the look for everyday. Source: Instagram/colorbycoco
Grease Pink Ladies CostumeAre you sad that your high school doesn't have a Pink Ladies group? Well, you can make your own. Grab that pastel pink jacket out of your closet and iron a *Pink Ladies* applique onto it. A pair of skinny black pants and a scarf tied around your neck will complete the look. For extra credit, wear matching pink shoes and get your friends involved. Source: Pinterest
Sandy From GreaseIf you liked *good girl* Sandy in Grease, you probably loved *bad girl* Sandy with her big hair, high-waisted pants and those dance moves. Put on your sexiest black outfit, tease your hair until there's no tomorrow, and get working on your toe-tapping. Source: Instagram/App_Fitness_101
Poodle Skirt Sock HopperYou can call this whatever you want. Cute poodle skirt girl. Sweet poodle skirt costume. Other Pink Lady. Retro good girl. No matter what you name it, know that it's adorable. What's more, a poodle skirt is actually pretty easy to make, even if you're a non-crafter and sewer. It's really just about the measuring. Source: Instagram/JA9Gracee
Diner WaitressDiner waitresses actually had some of the cutest outfits around. They sure beat the majority of the unfashionable things we have to wear nowadays when we're working at fast food joints. Really go for the look with retro glasses and hair. If you don't actually wear glasses, get frames without prescription lenses. Source: Imgarcade
HousewifeSome people like to take the housewife look and make it really sexy or turn it into a killer version. If you want something a little less extreme, channel the immaculately turned out housewives of all TV sitcoms with a look like this. Dapper husband optional. Source: Instagram/ACutePurpleCar
Elizabeth TaylorYou could actually channel Elizabeth Taylor from the 1940's to modern times. However, it's the 1950's that is one of the decades we associate her most with. Channel her classic Old Hollywood look with red lipstick, retro curls and an amazing dress. Source: Instagram/AmiraBeautyObsessed
Grace KellyWho wouldn't want to channel Grace Kelly even if it's only for Halloween? She was an actual princess and an actress, you guys. As much as we love the Tinkerbell costume, we cannot resist the full skirt and chicness that come from this Grace Kelly one. Source: Pinterest
Singin' In The RainMovie buffs can channel the classic 1952 film Singin in the Rain on October 31. You might want to channel Gene Kelly or you might want to channel Debbie Reynolds....Or you might want to put your own spin on it. Whatever works for you, and what you have in your closet, do it. Source: Instagram/RebeccaStellato
Playboy BunnyDid you know that Playboy launched way back in 1953? Channel some of the original Playboy bunnies like Marilyn Monroe with a throwback costume. No matter what you wear, do not forget your bunny ears. Source: Instagram/Viviannn_V
RockabillyReady to embrace a retro subculture? Then you'll love a rockabilly costume. It's a good option for people who dislike the idea of dressing up in cheap polyester costumes because you can wear clothes. And then you can probably wear all of the pieces long after Halloween. Sweet. Source: Tumblr
EloiseThe beloved tale of Eloise launched in 1955. You probably realized when you read it when you were younger, but Eloise was a pretty stylish girl. Therefore, find your cutest flippy skirt and put a pink bow in your hair to channel Eloise. Source: Blogspot
Have you ever rocked a retro-inspired Halloween costume? Let us know in the comments!
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