Coney Island is a bit of a trip from our home, about an hour and 45 minutes with walking and train time, and there our closer beaches in NJ but even though it has sadly been updated Coney Island still has some vestiges of vintage charm that keep me coming back year after year.
This year we went on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend and it was the first time the weather was really warm enough for summer clothes, so I wore my 1940s Style Mexican Playsuit from Kim Clark. I nabbed it when she put it up for sale in the 1930s and 40s clothing exchange facebook group and it is really fabulous, and way, way out there. There is no fading into the back ground in this get up. Plus I love that it has a jacket. I don't like to get too much sun or show too much skin so a play suit with a big jacket is right up my alley.
The fabric in both the jacket and the play suit is really light and very comfortable.
I paired the play suit set with a big 1940s Mexian tourist hat. I actually had the hat first and when I saw the play suit I knew they where made for each other.
I carried the Mexican theme through the outfit by adding a Mrs. Polly's Lucite brooch of a little man in a sombrero. Isn't he cute:
Sadly, as I said before most of Coney Island has been distressingly modernized and Hurricane Sandy certainly didn't help.
Still if you look close there are some remnants of the old Coney Island.
Nathan's Hot Dogs has been there for a 100 years. The day before we visited they where selling hots dogs for 5 cents, the price from when they openned in 1916.
We also saw a shooting gallery that had been there since 1940:
We always finish our Coney Island trips with lunch at L & B Spumoni Gardens a restaurant that has been open since 1939. They serve the best Sicilian style pizza and Spumoni I've ever had.
Where do you like to go when the weather gets warm?
1940s style Play Suit and Jacket-Kim Clark
1940s style sandals Remix vintage shoes
1940s Mexican sun hat Dixiefried
1940s style novelty brooch-Mrs Polly's Lucite