Women of the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s hosted poolside “Tiki” parties or went to the nearest tiki lounge where tropical drinks with little pink umbrellas were enjoyed by all. To dress for the tiki parties women wore tropical print dresses also called tiki dresses. Many were inspired by Hawaiian life, Carribean colors, and Mexican Riviera vacations. Pairing a 1950s pinup tiki dress with sandals, a hair flower slip, bamboo jewelry, sunglasses and a parasol is one popular vintage summer outfit. Shop these tiki dresses and tropical themed 50s clothes:
Debbie Sessions has been teaching fashion history and helping people dress for vintage themed events since 2009. She has turned a hobby into VintageDancer.com with hundreds of well researched articles and hand picked links to vintage inspired clothing online. She aims to make dressing accurately (or not) an affordable option for all. Oh, and she dances too.