Ever since WWII ended in the 1940s, Hawaiian print shirts, sarong dresses, and tropical flowers have been popular fashion wear. Men and Women of the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s hosted poolside “Tiki” parties complete with tropical drinks with little pink umbrellas. Restaurants and dance halls picked up on the fad and held tiki-themed dances with lounge style musicians. To dress for the occasion, women wore tropical print dresses also called tiki dresses. Many were inspired by Hawaiian life in the 1940s after the bombing of Pearl Harbor put Hawaiian shirts and dresses in the spotlight.
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