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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Vintage Outfit Post-1940s Mexican Playsuit Set for A Trip to Coney Island

About once a year when the weather turns warm I like to make the girls in the silent film clip below (from 1905!) and visit Coney Island.

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?

Outfit Details:

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


  1. That looks like so much fun, and I love the outfit, every bit of it! No high rides for me though I'm horribly afraid of heights.

  2. The outfit is adorable. I wonder why this kind of sportswear isn't produced today.

  3. love the color of the outfit! so summery!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  4. What a GREAT outfit!!1 I luffs it
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Just love that outfit..especially at Coney Island!!

    It doesn't get too hot here, but when in Jersey in the Summer there is no place like Seaside, Point Pleasant or even Asbury Park!

  6. i love your playsuit, and that hat! i'm on the lookout for one like it now! it is so cute!

  7. Hot, cold, we love the river. Love that some of Coney Island has been preserved. And you fit right in!

  8. Cute outfit! Looks like a fun day out! When it's hot .... hmm. I like to head somewhere cool! I usually try to get up early and take Rita down to the beach.

    Also, you look adorable.

  10. Love your outfit. That jacket is really cute!
    I've eaten at Nathan's. Their hot dog was really yummy. It was not 5 cents when we ate, though :-)

  11. Love your playsuit and that brooch and hat are the perfect finishing touches with it! That is too sad about the modernizations to Coney Island, still it's good hear it's still around and that some really old aspects of it exist even today! <3 Looks like you had a great time and you are totally making me drool over the pizza and spumoni!

  12. Love the playsuit!! it's so adorable and you accessorized it perfectly.

    Here in Toronto when the weather gets warm we have beaches and there is a close one near by that I like to visit, especially since it's filled with so much vintage charm! It's called 'Sunnyside Pavilion' and it dates back to the 1920s. I did a blog post awhile back on it. I just need cute 1930s beach pajamas and then I'm all set for a photo shoot there :)

  13. Spectacular playsuit and brooch! I love this vibrant, fun shade of green on you, dear Kate. It compliments your coloring - hair very much included - awesomely. How fun that we've both been sporting a lot of green lately. :)

    Have a marvelous first weekend of summer!
    ♥ Jessica

  14. You look lovely, your outfit is so sweet and the hat is the perfect finishing touch!

    I've never left the United Kingdom, I am remarkably under-travelled! I prefer beachy type places out of season when the sky is stormy x

  15. That is one truly fabulous outfit! Love it. xxx


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