Get Yourself A Car Hop Costume For Your Next Costume Party
Take yourself back to the 1950’s for your next themed party.
This decade was seen as a fairly conservative time in terms of social change but in a way it set the scene for
what was to follow in the tumultuous 1960’s. It was also a fairly affluent time and people had a cautious
optimism despite the realization that the world had entered a nuclear age and was fighting the cold war.
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Individuals and families had a decent disposable income. Kids were given pocket money and were eager to spend
it. The teenager as a demographic came of age (so to speak) in this decade and all the activities that centered
around this age group became more prominent. A costume that highlights the 50’s is the car hop
costume because the drive through diner or drive in was a focal point or social center for many a teenager
or adult of this time.
Car hops were people that took orders, in the new fangled drive through restaurants that started cropping up in
the 1940’s/50’s. They got the name because they would hop onto the running board of a car as it entered a diner
lot. They would take the order, go to the kitchen, get the food and deliver it to the car’s occupants. The
drive through diner was considered to be a innovation in line with the times as more people drove cars. People
would even socialize in a car, for instance, at a drive in movie theater. Car hops would be employed to take orders
and serve food at these venues to.
Initially the car hop was just a ordinary guy or gal doing a job
but as more drive through diners sprang up, competition became more fierce. The next evolution was to start
employing pretty girls as car hops. Business was better when a smiling, pretty face was taking your order, so
it was thought. The car hop soon had a special uniform. The car hop costume was essentially a costume out of
the 50’s. But developed in line with the times until the idea of a drive through diner/ drive in movie theater
as a going concern started to wane.
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A typical girl car hop costume will consist of a dress with apron and even a hat. The outfit will have a retro
look to it that harks back to the 1950 styling. There was a time when some car hops started using roller skates to
ride around the lot to take orders. This might not be the best option for a party, but the standard costume should
be just fine.
A girl car hop costume that is popular at costume parties will be one that brings back the nostalgic age of the
1950’s. This nostalgia has been stoked by classic TV show’s like Happy Days or popular movies like Grease, where
much of the events took place in teenage haunts such as diners, drive in diners or restaurants. The car hop costume
is associated with other costumes of this time, like the greaser costume, pink ladies costumes or poodle skirt
costumes. If you want to be a little different but still stay in the 1950’s era then a beatnik costume will do.