And what could be better fun time wear then a play suit? Nothing! In the 1950s and 60s women and girls wore play suits for summer time activities and looked mighty cute doing it. From beaches
Many play suits had removable overskirts so they could be made more modest when worn off the beach.
There are tons of patterns available so if you are a sewer this is a great vintage project for you. However, as I can't sew even a button I had to find another source for my play suit. I went to Etsy Seller Vintage Rags and Digs. She makes a wide variety of summer play suits in great fun fabrics and was a pleasure to work with. My play suit was made up very quickly and fits very well. I apologize in advance because Ive shown some of these pictures before but as this play suit has been my go to weekend outfit this summer I figured it deserved a post of its own.
I really love how the shorts make it practical for biking. I also love that while its a play suit it isn't two revealing.
Its really easy and fun to wear and pairs perfectly with the sort of fun, kitschy mid century accessories I love to wear, like bamboo and bakelite bangles, sea shell purses, and novelty brooches.
My brooch is a 1960s puzzle piece, the state of Minnesota, I was born there but moved to New York by the time I was 2. I got the brooch from Wacky Tuna on Etsy for just a few dollars during their flash sale. I've had the purse since high school.
The hat is probably my favorite part of the outfit. Its so cool a 1960s folding beach hat! Sadly, Ive been wearing it a lot this summer and it now has cracks on the side, sob! Thats the problem with vintage if you wear it you risk ruining it, but if you don't wear it whats the point! It was actually a set of two hats. The green one is still in perfect condition but I like the natural straw one better, sigh...