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.
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!