How to Dress Your Child for the '50s

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How to Dress Your Child for the '50s
Dress your child as a greaser for a '50s look. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Dressing up your child in a costume inspired by a particular era can be a fun way to create wonderful memories. The fifties are a popular decade when it comes to planning costumes. Kids especially love letting loose in 1950s fashions at costume parties. Boys dressing up in the rebellious style of 1950s greasers can emulate John Travolta's character in the movie "Grease," while girls can try for Olivia Newton John's bad girl look in the film.

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Things you need

  • Boys' black leather jacket
  • White short-sleeved plain T-shirt
  • Dark denim or black jeans
  • White socks
  • Black loafers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair gel
  • Girls' black leather jacket
  • Black leather trousers or shiny black leggings
  • Black tank top or tube top
  • Black leather belt with gold belt buckle
  • Black pumps
  • Long curly wig
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Red lipstick

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    Boy Greaser

  1. 1

    Dress your son in a plain white short-sleeved T-shirt and black or dark denim jeans. Roll up the cuffs on the jeans.

  2. 2

    Put on the black leather jacket. If the weather is too warm for a jacket, just have him wear the T-shirt and roll up the sleeves.

  3. 3

    Accessorise the outfit with white socks, black loafers and black sunglasses.

  4. 4

    Fix your child's hair into the "greaser" style by rubbing hair gel through it. Comb it straight back. Allow the hair to dry while combed back.

    Girl Greaser

  1. 1

    Dress your daughter in black leather trousers or shiny black leggings and a blank tank top or tube top.

  2. 2

    The belt should be worn at the waist without going through any belt loops. Accessorise with the black leather jacket and black pumps.

  3. 3

    Put the wig on your child or you can style her own hair. Apply a generous amount of black eyeliner and mascara. Apply blush and red lipstick.

Tips and warnings

  • If your daughter has long hair, curl it with hot rollers and skip the wig.

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