A cotton suit like this is a very unusual discovery. Casual wear often didn’t stay in good shape over the years and separates, especially, didn’t stand the wear and tear of frequent use. It’s not rare to run into seersucker, which is a really fun and durable fabric. But, to find a true vintage piece is quite uncommon.
Like in the Fifties, it seems that little casual suits were also popular in the Sixties and were worn like day-dresses used to be. Pants were STILL not hugely popular, with women generally sticking to dresses and skirts more often than we do now.
This outfit has cute little details like waist tabs and notches in the hems – nice tailoring details that are a hold-over from the 1940’s and 1950’s, though I think this suit was sold through one of the catalog houses that were popular then, like Montgomery Ward, Penneys or Sears & Roebuck, and wouldn’t have been considered a high quality item.
Not quite my color and a little large for me, so it probably won’t stay in my closet forever. But, can’t pass up a beauty like this! Such fun . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY