50’s Inspired Hawaiian Dresses Perfect for Summer Parties

I’ve always been a huge fan of vintage Aloha wear and pretty much anything Hawaiian or tiki related. I even had a Hawaiian themed wedding at my home and my Dad built me a very cool tiki bar for the event. It goes great with my 50s rattan furniture!

I also have my own collection of Hawaiian dresses from the 50s that I absolutely love and wear every chance I get! Hawaiian fashion actually started to become popular in the 1930s when tourists returned from vacations with  brightly printed “Aloha shirts”  that were made in Hawaii.  And after WW2  the trend became more widespread as many GI’s brought home “Aloha attire” from when they were stationed in the Pacific.

Hollywood also had a hand in fueling the tropical trend with movies such as Waikiki Wedding,  South Pacific and From Here to Eternity.  Though men enjoyed wearing  Hawaiian print shirts, dresses for ladies were a big hit as well. And anyone who loves and collects vintage Hawaiian dresses knows the best labels from the 40s and 50s, like Shaheen, Surfriders, Kahala and Kamehameha are very scarce and the prices reflect their rarity.

Because the authentic versions  are not easy to come by we offer 50s inspired Hawaiian print dresses from our Classic Dame line so you can still get the look.  Below are three of our newest prints.

You can click on the images for more information. They run Size Small-XL and are priced at$155.00. The prints are limited. The cotton fabric is beautiful. The bodice is lined and has boning for support. The full circle skirt has side seam pockets. And, as with all our dresses, has a metal zipper in back,  just like the true vintage ones! And they are made right here in Florida.

Ivory Hawaiian print halter dress

Ivory Hawaiian print halter dress

Blue Hawaiian print halter dress

Blue Hawaiian print halter dress

Black Hawaiian print Coquette halter dress

Black Hawaiian print Coquette halter dress

So if you’ve been searching for a standout look for a beach wedding, poolside party, luau or just something fab to wear out to dinner this summer then consider one of these 50s style tropical floral frocks.  And if you’re a dancer, these hold up very well and are cool and comfortable to dance in.  As an avid swing dancer I know first hand!

Have a glamorous day!

By | 2015-04-27T10:28:59-04:00 April 27th, 2015|Fashion|2 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Jessica, you’re a girl after my own heart! So glad to know someone from the cooler northern climates loves this type of fashion too! I have been in love with anything Hawaiian or Tiki related for ages and lucky for me, living in Florida, I get to wear my tropical print dresses almost year round. And accessorizing these type of dresses is always so much fun. Something I’m sure you’d excel at, considering your amazing talent for putting together spectacular vintage looks.

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    Jessica Cangiano May 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Oh me, too, massively!!! Maybe it’s because I hail from such a chilly nation, but gosh, do I absolutely adore anything tropic or tiki related – especially on the fashion front. I have a few vintage tropic flower print dresses and wear them like they’re going out of fashion every spring and summer (and sometimes in the winter for a much needed jolt of colour and vibrant energy as well).

    ♥ Jessica

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