Rock 'n' roll costumes from the 1950s

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Rock 'n' roll costumes from the 1950s
1950s Rock n' Roll fashion evokes fast cars and the music of the time. (fashion image by nutech21 from

Rock n' Roll costumes from the 1950s evoke memories of fast cars, malt shops, sock hops and the full-speed-ahead energy of rock n' roll. Many theatrical productions, such as "Bye Bye Birdie," "Grease" and "All Shook Up," all use rock n' roll costumes for their characters, as do movies like "American Graffiti" and "Rebel Without A Cause."

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Costumes for Women: Tops and Bottoms

Rock n' roll costumes from the 1950s for women can include poodle skirts, straight pencil skirts or capri pants on the bottom and spaghetti strap tank tops with cardigans, button down sleeveless shell shirts or long sleeved angora sweaters on top.

Costumes for Men: Tops and Bottoms

Costumes for men include white or black T-shirts with the cuffs rolled up, button down long sleeve or short sleeve dress shirts and blue or black jeans with the bottoms rolled up.


For women, the shoes can include ballet flats, Keds with no socks, or stiletto or kitten heels. For men, black engineer boots or Converse sneakers work well.

Accessories and Make Up

Accessories for women can include baseball jackets with black lettering (in the style of the Pink Lady gang from "Grease"), clutch purses and cigarette holders. Accessories for men can include cigarette packs rolled inside their T-shirt sleeves and black leather jackets. For women, use bright red lipstick and doe-eyed eye liner.

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