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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Vintage Outfit Post-Play Suit Summer Fun

No matter how old you are summer should be all about fun!

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

to barbecues 

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...

Summer fades so quickly so have fun and savor every moment:


  1. Very nice. I like be that first picture. Living by the beach, it would fit right in at our house
    Lily & Edward

  2. Oh I wants to be on that beach having a picnic!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx
    PeeS Mum wants that playsuit...what a great idea....I finks she'll be disappearing in to the sewing room very shortly!

  3. That's a great play suit. You look fantastic! I really like removable overskirt. I think it's very pretty and practical. And the sea shell purse is so cute :-) Enjoy your fun summer!!

  4. I will never understand fashion or why I can't just go to the store and buy a cute play suit today. Why does everything in the stores look alike every year? Also why do women on pattern covers have 12 inch waists?

  5. What a fun outfit for Summer - the hat is superb!
    Lynne x

  6. I really like looking at vintage patterns and styles. Your outfit is surely one to love. And that is one of my favorite color combos. I have a few of my Mom's patterns from the 50's and think I have some summer looks. I am in the process of redoing my fiber and equipment room and that's where the patterns are. I may have to gather them together and scan some.

  7. Great play suit.......and we bet the dogs enjoy playing with you, too.

  8. EWWWWW we love that outfit on just looks perfect!!!!!! stella rose

  9. SO cute!! I love the green shoes, but I think accessorizing with a pug and a poodle is the best!!

  10. I love your playsuit! It's perfect for you and the green hat almost matches it perfectly (at least from the pictures!)

  11. This is an amazing playsuit! Your lady on etsy did an amazing job! I love this on so much! It so so perfect on you! <3

  12. Fabulously cute summer outfit! That's too bad about your hat though for sure. Could it be reinforced from the underside in any way to help inject a bit more life into it?

    ♥ Jessica

  13. Glad to see you embracing summer! Time to hit the beaches!


  14. Great play suit, the fabric is lovely. Those hats are such fun too!


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