For me, fifties style dresses are some of my favourite. I just love the feminine glamour of that era. It seemed a time when women always bothered about what they looked look. Even my mum, a hard-working housewife bringing up a family of five, never went out without her natty dress, stockings, hat and gloves.

The fabulous American series ‘Mad Men’ set in a Manhatten advertising agency really bought the fifties style back into vogue.

When you think fifties style, most of us think A-line skirts and lots of petticoats perfect for rock and roll. Even without the petticoat layers, this gorgeous shaping is so flattering to wear. It is definitely back in fashion for the 2017 occasion wear season

Why the fifties style look rocks for occasion wear

The A-line shape is extremely flattering to most figures. The waisted dresses nip you in neatly at the middle. The A-line shaping skims your hips rather than clings so if you are a bit hippy, this look can work really well.

This style is also really easy to move in as well as dance in.

The style featured above, Veni Infantino 991213, is a brilliant example of how the fifties style can work for a modern wedding. This dress also has pleating in the skirt to make it even more flattering across the tummy and hips. It is teamed with a neat little jacket with the gorgeous off-the-shoulder style collar. How perfect for a spring/summer wedding or social occasion.

Another designer also rocking the fifties style well is Dress Code from Veromia.  Take a look at their gorgeous candy pink, striped dress and jacket style DC240  which perfectly combines a modern twist with retro romance.

The other great thing about a fifties style mother of the bride outfit or occasion outfit is that you can so easily wear the dress again. Stick a petticoat underneath it for a fuller, party dress style and add some statement jewellery. Dress it down with a neat little cardigan for a less formal daytime occasion.