How to Dress a Kid for the 50s Era: 12 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Opt for a ponytail for your little girl's hairstyle.

Whether your child's getting ready for a preschool Halloween party or you're simply adding to wardrobe options for dress-up play, you can both have a blast by delving into the era of sock hops and rock 'n' roll with an authentic looking '50s outfit. And you don't have to be a sewing genius to make it happen!


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    Start with a kid’s size boat-neck T-shirt or use a short-sleeved bodysuit instead. Now you have a cute little '50s shirt for the outfit.
  2. 2
    Add a poodle skirt to the costume. If you can't find one already made, pick up a couple of yards of satin and tulle fabrics to make your own. Cut the satin to about mid-calf length on your child and make the tulle a bit shorter. Make the satin about 2½ times the circumference of her waist and the tulle about 3 times the circumference. Sew the sides together of each piece and then sew elastic thread along both waistlines. Pull each piece of elastic and gather the waist so it fits your gal and voila — an instant poodle skirt with a tulle crinoline to add some '50s poof.
  3. 3
    Embellish the poodle skirt with an iron-on or sew-on black decal of a poodle.
  4. 4
    Wrap a wide belt around your child's waist to hide the quickly made edges of the skirt or wrap a wide piece of ribbon around instead to make a sash and tie it in a bow at the back.
  5. 5
    Tie a pretty scarf around your daughter's neck to complete the outfit. If your little gal's still a toddler, you may want to skip the scarf to avoid any possible suffocation hazards.
  6. 6
    Complete the outfit with a pair of ankle socks and a pair of penny loafers or shiny black dress shoes.
  7. 7
    Start with a pair of straight-legged, tight-fitting blue jeans — a fashion essential for a young guy in the '50s era.
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    Add a simple white T-shirt, tucked into the jeans.
  9. 9
    Top the T-shirt with a short leather jacket and leave it at least partly unzipped.
  10. 10
    Pick up a wig for an authentic addition for the outfit. Big pompadours were all the rage for guys hairstyles in the '50s. If your little guy has a full head of hair, you can try to imitate the style with a few gobs of gel.
  11. 11
    Dress your youngster in a pair of comfortable loafers or a pair of slightly worn tennis shoes.
  12. 12
    Slip a comb in his back pocket to complete the outfit and don't forget about the pair of shades that no respectable greaser would be seen without.

Things You'll Need

  • Boat-neck T-shirt (or short-sleeved bodysuit)
  • Poodle skirt (or materials to make one)
  • Poodle decal
  • Wide belt or ribbon sash
  • Scarf
  • Ankle socks
  • Penny loafers (or shiny dress shoes)
  • Straight-legged, tight jeans
  • White T-shirt
  • Short leather jacket
  • Wig (or gel)
  • Loafers (or tennis shoes)
  • Comb
  • Sunglasses
  • Little
  • Gals

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Categories: Education and Communications

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