It is always appropriate to show my great Native American and Hawaiian dresses in Summertime, even though they are not always the most cool garments to wear. Ocean breezes and high mountain altitudes can help with that! The two on the right are from Arizona, sold by a company called Thunderbird Fashions which made lots of Western-wear dresses, blouses and skirts back in the day. The dress on the left was made in Hawaii. In most cases, women bought these outfits while on vacation in the American West or Hawaiian islands but sometimes a woman living there would include these in her day-to-day wardrobe.
Like a couple of the other items I’ve shown before, they are of heavy cotton with loads of braid trim, ric-rac and color! The Western-wear blouses have a side zipper at the waist.
The Hawaiian outfit on the left was made about the same time as those from Arizona. It is interesting that there are so many similarities in the style although no zipper in this blouse, and the contrast is in the fabric panel on the bodice.
Both styles have a flattering fit, with a wasp waist and free hips. I love wearing them on cooler days in the Summer and Fall and sometimes wear the skirts with another top. Each of these ensembles is different and they are from a time when Western and Hawaiian fashion were all the rage – probably in the 1950’s. Women loved wearing them and vacationers loved bringing them home.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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