Full Circle Swing Dress - 1950s Inspired Day Wear

In the 1950s, one popular daytime wear for women was the full skirted dress. This casual style was also a favourite for daytime parties, resort wear, going-to-the-cinema wear, or holiday fashion.

Generally, with a small cinched waist and full circle swirling skirt that fell down to the calf, these day dresses came with matching fabric belts that clasped the small waists of the 1950s woman.

They came as a sleeveless, long and short sleeve, halter, and shirt-collar styles; scoop collar, sailor collar, bow-tie collar, and collar-less.
Marilyn Pin-Up Swing Dress
Some of the dress styles also came with matching scarves. Most were worn with full petticoats to exaggerate the full circle and accentuate the flare of the swing dress’s skirt.

Fashion designers of the mid-20th Century used a wide variety of both natural and synthetic fabrics to create their distinctive designs. However, fabrics used for daytime wear such as full skirted dresses, circle skirts, and blouses include cotton, cotton satin, seersucker, rayon, and linen.

Floral prints, botanical prints, and neutral colours were typical of day dresses . . . green ferns, acorns, cherries, and cabbage roses. Polka dot patterns were also quite popular with full skirted dresses, as well as diamond trellis checks, and gingham check designs.

Halter Midi Full Circle Dress
Today, you’ll still find vintage fifties inspired fashion; especially full-skirted gowns and similar clothing styles adopted by fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe in fashion boutiques both off and online.

The styles are all being reproduced by fashion designers as vintage inspired styles of the 1950s.

Polka Dots Swing Dress Style

Scoop Collar Midi Full Circle Dress

Shirt Collar Swing Dress

Red Flower Swing Dress

Further Reading:
Vintage Inspired Petticoats for the Full-Bodied Woman
How to Dress Like a 1950s Woman
1950s Style Couture Dresses you Can Wear for Prom

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