Rear Window

James Stewart and Grace Kelly in “Rear Window,” 1954


I’m back today with more great retro Halloween costume ideas. This time I’m focusing on the 1950s. The 50s had some really iconic TV show characters stemming from shows like, Leave it to Beaver, The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and Father Knows Best. And as far as movies go, films like, Rear Window, Some Like It Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Dial M For Murder offer up a bunch of really incredible costume ideas. Leave your ‘sexy cop’ costume for someone else. These demur 1950s frocks are classy, classic, and guarantee a best costume contest win.

Let’s start with a 1950’s TV mom. TV moms of the 1950s did it all! They kept their homes tidy, were always available to offer comforting hugs and helpful advice, and put dinner on the table every night–all while wearing a dress. I wonder how they’d feel about the yoga pant invasion of today? (I have to be real for a moment…how do you scrub a floor in a dress? Thank god for leggings.)


Donna Reed

Donna Reed in “The Donna Reed Show”, 1958

Popular tv moms include Jane Wyatt of Father Knows Best, and Donna Reed of The Donna Reed Show. If you want to encapsulate the 50s tv mom, grab up one of these cotton dresses shown below. All are available in my shop, Thrifty Vintage Kitten.

1950s housewife costumes

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If you’re going for a more glamorous 1950s look, you’ll want to check out these cocktail dresses below. Actresses like Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Grace Kelly in Rear Window epitomize this look. Full skirts, rich materials, flashy jewels.

1950s cocktail dresses


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I hope these looks inspire you to put together a fabulous ’50s costume this year! Tomorrow I’ll be back with some super far out Woodstock-inspired looks! See you then!



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