1950s Summer Party Dresses

As the beautiful warm weather continues there’s still plenty of time to wear beautiful vintage summer dresses. In this fantastic guest post Nick from Mela Mela Vintage, shares some of his 1950s favourites…

Does a stack of wedding and party invites leave you with a ‘what to wear’ headache this summer? Why not look to the era of gin cocktails and elegant summer soirees for your party vibe this year? The 50’s is providing us with some serious party wear inspiration right now and what’s more there is a 50’s look for every occasion. From the infamous wiggle dress to flattering circle shapes and cotton summer dresses Mela Mela have you covered. Swoon over some of our favourite 50’s pieces now in store to get your summer party look nailed.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 15.13.30Sunshine Prints

50’s designers weren’t afraid of some seriously bold prints and this sunshine coloured dress is no exception. The striped cotton design with classic flared skirt reminds us of holiday sunsets. We think it is just crying out for some Hollywood sized sunglasses and a glass of Pimms!

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 15.14.06Nautical but Nice

The 50’s fashionista loved the whimsy of sailor inspired dresses and co-ord sets. This striking navy two piece has more than a hint of the sea about it. Cut in an iconic wiggle shape, this dress has a form flattering fit. Combining high style with elegant restraint we think this would be a great look for a formal wedding or professional event.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 15.14.29Prom Princess

Some of the most swoon inspiring 50’s dresses combine the classic circle shape with oodles of tulle and embellishment. This exceptionally pretty example pairs a full netted lilac skirt with a white lace overlay to stunning effect. Be a knockout at a summer ball in this ultra feminine number.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 15.14.54Gorgeous Gingham

Nothing says long summer days like a hit of gingham. A 50’s pattern staple, it’s fresh, pretty and perfect for summer. Available in every colour and style it’s also incredibly versatile. This full length taffeta example with nipped in waist and cute button detail is sure to make an impact at any alfresco event.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 15.15.15Club Tropicana

Hot summer nights call for acid brights and wild prints. The 50’s love for the colourful and for exotic Hawaiian inspired prints has left us with some amazing items. This strapless cotton dress combines an abstract pattern with a tropical colour palette for a fun and fresh finish. Perfect for cocktails and dancing at a summer beach party.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 15.15.47Flower Power

A garden party is just the thing for a fabulous floral. The 50’s showcases everything from delicate pastel floral designs to bold graphic designs. We love this delicate pink and blue example with its gorgeous velvet waist belt. The scooped neck gives it real impact combined with the classic 50’s circle shape. Pair with sandals for an easy, breezy finish.

We hope these gorgeous 50’s summer looks have inspired you to try a vintage look this summer. You’re sure to be a knockout in a unique vintage find that will turn heads. Be sure to check out our full range of 50’s dresses here.

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