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Swing Dresses - often also known as Rockabilly Dresses or Prom Dresses - took their name from the Jazz Swing music movement which had it's roots in the 1940's. Swing music underwent a revival in the 1950's and became known as just Swing or Swinging Pop. Rockabilly and Rock n Roll music was also becoming prominent and dances featuring all three types of music became very popular with young people. Music began shaping 1950's fashion in a way that it had never done before.
Swing Dresses were designed to look great when dancing with full circle skirts, which as their name implies give a full circle when laid flat. These dresses still look fantastic today whether at a retro evening/function or for a classy look at any event or night out.
You will also find full or double skin petticoats to wear under the swing dresses. Most swing dresses will look just as good without the petticoats but if you want the original 1950's full dress shape and particulary if you are a smaller dress size a full petticoat will complete that 50's vintage style and look. When buying a Petticoat to wear under a particular dress or skirt you should take care to ensure the petticoat is at least as long as the skirt. A full petticoat that is much shorter than the dress/skirt length does not look good as the skirt or dress will flare out and then lie limp where it is longer than the petticoat.
Tea Dresses are based on post war late 1940's and 1950's dress designs and prints including 'Hepburn' dresses named after the iconic star of fashion and film Audrey Hepburn. Tea Dresses became popular after World War Two when women, tired of the plain fabrics available during rationing in the war years, wanted to wear brighter fabrics and designs. Rationing on fabrics had meant the war years were dominated by drab designs in dull fabrics but this all changed after the war. In 1947 Christian Dior in Paris had produced what became known as The New Look Collection with feminine shapes and forms which were in stark contrast to clothing available during the war effort. Although not widely accepted at first, especially in Britain where rationing continued for some time after the war (only officially ending in 1949), Dior's New Look range is now seen as a major fashion landmark. The Tea Dress name comes literally from dresses worn for going for tea with friends.
The Pencil Dress is a 1940's and 1950's fashion classic which was popular into the 1960's. Pencil Dresses were originally known as Sheath Dresses but today are more commonly known as Wiggle Dresses because of the cut - narrower at the knees than the hips - which gives you a 'wiggle' when you walk. Look for stretch fabrics in these figure hugging dresses for a flattering and figure hugging fit, most dresses listed have at least a two way stretch with four way stretch fabrics also available.