Poodle skirts and 1950s style ensembles have been costume party staples for decades. With flattering A-Line silhouettes, girly scarves, flirty accessories, and shiny saddle shoes, it's understandable why! But we got to thinking...why should poodles be the only stars of the show? There are LOTS of other dogs that would look great, proudly parked in the corner of a demure fifties skirt.
With that premise, we bring you pop culture poodle skirts - a twist on the traditional retro-style, where the classic poodle has been replaced by 8 famous cartoon dogs, and the outfits are themed accordingly. There are looks for conventional animated pups like Pluto and Scooby-Doo, and even non-traditional "dogs" like Dino from The Flintstones! Enjoy these DIY poodle skirt ideas!
1. Disney: Pluto Poodle Skirt
Isn't this precious? Some Minnie-inspired yellow saddle shoes, white satin gloves, and a sweet mouse ear headband transform this 50's gal into a shoo-in for the Mousketeers!
That's not a poodle, it's a Plutle.
2. The Flintstones: Dino Poodle Skirt
It's a Yabba Dabba Doodle skirt! We made this fifties look Bedrock-chic by adding white stone accessories, a darling cavegirl wig, and some winged pink polka sunglasses.
Does anyone know where we can get a Dino for ourselves? Fred never appreciated him, anyway.
3. Scooby-Doo Poodle Skirt
Jinkies! We channeled Velma in this easy-to-recreate look, which just may be our favorite. All you need are some orange knee socks, red mary janes, a pair of black-rimmed glasses, and a turtleneck. (Plus a propensity for solving crimes if you REALLY want to sell the look.)
It could also be fun to grab a gal pal and have her put together a matching Daphne-inspired Scooby-Doo outfit. A green scarf, red wig, and some purple accessories would do the trick.
4. Peanuts: Snoopy Poodle Skirt
For this style, we wanted to capture the essence of Snoopy's adorable Red Baron character. We chose an aviator cap and aviator glasses and topped it off with a signature red scarf to complete the high-flying look.
Good grief that Snoopy is a cutie-pie!
5. Garfield: Odie Poodle Skirt
This sassy fifties look might leave John Arbuckle a little speechless, but that didn't stop us! A scoop neck top, Odie clutch, and some cute Garfield kitty ears complete the outfit.
We had to opt for a red poodle skirt to match Odie's famous tongue!
6. Adventure Time: Jake Poodle Skirt
Jake and his wiggly arms are so excited to be the star of this Adventure Time themed 1950s garb. We threw in a fuzzy Fionna hood, the iconic green backpack, and topped it off with some sparkly rhinestone glasses.
Oh my glob! Put him on a skirt right now!
7. Family Guy: Brian Poodle Skirt
Brian is a classy, sassy, kind of K-9, so we chose a classy, sassy, kind of pin-up dress to match. Some rockin' tattoo print tights and a martini top off the look.
Whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here?
8. The Jetsons: Astro 1950s Style
The idea of the poodle skirt can apply to more than...well...skirts. Cigarette pants were also a popular retro style (just ask "Bad Sandy" from Grease). We pumped up the attitude with this Jetsons inspired outfit, and stuck Astro on the top this time!
Any cartoon pups we missed? Is this kind of costume twist something you might want to try out yourself this year? If traditional sock hop style is more your thing, you're welcome to browse our complete selection of 1950's costumes and accessories!