1950s cocktail dresses were women’s special event dresses appropriate for dinners, parties, and romantic dates! Like most ’50s dresses, these came down to below the knee and were made of finer rayons, satins, silks, lace, damask and high-end cottons. They were usually solid colors in vibrant colors like emerald green, sapphire blue, and deep red. Of course, black was a popular color for cocktail dresses, too, which became known as ‘little black dresses.’ Deep navy blue was the next common choice.
50s cocktail party dress decoration could either be very minimal with a little glass beading around the neckline or fully covered in sequins. The beauty in most 1950s cocktail dresses was in the design of the pleating, ruching, folds, and gathers. The fabric was bunched and draped in interesting patterns around the bodice and sometimes in the skirt as well. Most dresses had a wide sash band or thin belt in the same material as the dress. Scroll down to read more history of the 1950s cocktail dress.
Below are our favorite 1950s inspired cocktail dresses and party dresses sold online. Most are short, knee or tea length dresses, that were preferred over long evening gowns. Once you have your perfect dress add some heels, jewelry, and gloves. Learn about makeup and hairstyles too.