Summertime Sundress Season

The fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer is credited with popularizing the sundress in the 1960s. The sundress is characterized by lightweight fabric, usually cotton, and a flowing fit. Some of the best examples of the sundress are from the 1970s, in the prairie style. This floral frock is a beautiful shade of maroon and is in great condition!

maroon sundress
prairie sundress

Another example of the prairie style, is this brown and pale grey sundress.

vintage sundress
collectible prairie dress

The camisole top with the satin trim is quintessential 1970s and a timeless classic. Also popular in the 1970s was the full length maxi sundress. This handmade lime green dress actually has tiny white polka dots on it and is in excellent condition.

collectible 70s sundress
vintage maxi sundress

One more from the 1970s, is this simple and chic, red sundress.

70s sundress
collectible red dress

A lightweight cotton with white trim and an elastic waist, this dress is both comfortable and pretty!

Taking a step back further into the 1960s, we have this fabulous summertime shift.

collectible sundress
1960s dress

A fantastic find for the modern woman! Made of cotton and a size large. Don’t forget to accessorize when dressing in a vintage sundress. These spectacular 1950s ruffled gloves are made with striped organdy.

collectible gloves
vintage 1950s gloves

Take your summer look from mediocre to outstanding with a perfect vintage sundress and accessories!

Vintage Aloha Shirts

The first Aloha shirts were originally created for tourists by Ellery Chun, in 1930s Honolulu.  Although Chinese, Mr. Chun made the first shirts out of old Kimono fabric and they were an immediate hit with tourists and surfers.  Vintage Aloha shirts are now a sought after collectible all over the world. Monstervintage has a range of Aloha shirts to offer, to fit every budget and size.  Starting off with a rare and exciting find, this McGregor label 1940s rayon shirt has beautiful tropical fish printed on the back and shell buttons.

rare vintage rayon shirt
1940s rayon Hawaiian shirt

Another fantastic find, and a bit more affordable, is this 1960s tiki delight.

collectible Hawaiian shirt
vintage Hawaiian shirt

Made by Hukilau and 100% cotton, this Aloha shirt is definitely a crowd pleaser.

This shirt was made in California but has the quintessential Polynesian fishing and palm tree motif.

vintage Hawaiian shirt
collectible Polynesian fishing shirt

A very wearable, loose fit, medium shirt in great condition!

Another popular tropical motif is the pineapple.  This magnificent orange, white, pink, and gold, Bare Foot Trader Aloha Shirt, is a large size and is in good condition.

vintage Hawaiian shirt
collectible Aloha shirt

Made in Hilo on the Big Island.

Representing the 1970s, we have a green and aqua Aloha shirt made by Hanakahi of Hawaii.

collectible Hawaiian shirt
aloha shirt

This shirt is a size small and in great condition!  Although not an Aloha shirt, this last item is a fun item for collectors of vintage Hawaiian fabric.  A wrap to be worn at the beach, it was made by Go Barefoot Paradise in Honolulu Hawaii.

collectible wrap around
Hawaiian print wrap around

Monstervintage.com has over 150 Aloha shirts to choose from, so you can be the best dressed man at the luau!

Muumuus and More

Aloha attire for women is an offshoot of the Hawaiian Aloha shirt, the traditional Hawaiian muumuu, and the more formal holoku. What originated in the 1930s as a shirt for tourists made from old kimono fabric, soon became one of the most widely worn summertime looks. For many people, the love affair with Hawaiian and Polynesian fabrics has grown into avid collecting of vintage Aloha shirts and muumuus. Of course, monstervintage has a lovely assortment of vintage Hawaiian wear to share with you.

First off, is a spectacular 1960s, empire waist, full length dress  made by Ui-Maikai.  Embellished with  aqua hibiscus  flowers, this dress will be a showstopper at any summer luau.

muu muu
vintage Hawaiian dress

A little more unusual is this Polynesian fabric dress made by Waltah Clarke in the 1960s.

Polynesian print vintage dress
vintage Hawaiian

Stand out from the crowd in this bold and fashionable print!

For more casual occasions, what could be more perfect than these colorful Hawaiian print shorts?

vintage Hawaiian fabric shorts
Hawaiian shorts

Another unusual find is this collectible 1940s swimsuit in great condition.

collectible 1940s swimsuit
one piece vintage bathing suit

This  Hawaiian style halter dress was made by Montgomery Ward in the 1970s.  Made from 100% cotton, with pink and purple flowers on a refreshing white background.

Hawaiian print maxi dress
vintage floral halter

This stunning short dress is sure to make a statement!

muumuu dress
short vintage Hawaiian dress

This colorful skirt can be paired with a white halter top or just thrown over a swimsuit for a bold beach look.

vintage skirt
collectible Hawaiian skirt

Make sure you are prepared for summer luaus and tiki parties with monstervintage’s Hawaiian garments!

T-shirts From the Hit Show Mash!

Monstervintage is well known for their massive collection of vintage t-shirts.  One category that could be easily overlooked, amidst the wealth of rock and roll shirts, are the rarely seen Mash items.  A medical drama and comedy, it was  produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television  for CBS, starting in 1972.   Twentieth Century Fox also developed a line of promotional t-shirts and hats.  Take a look at this Mash jersey with signs pointing to Boston, Seoul, and Coney Island.

collectible mash tv show shirt
road sign mash tshirt

The next selection is another road sign Mash tee, this time a size small with short sleeves.  These valuable collector’s shirts were made circa 1981.

rare collectible mash tv show tee
Short Sleeved Road Sign Mash T-shirt

In great condition, this cotton polyester blend t-shirt, has the Mash logo and a helicopter graphic.

rare 20th century fox mash tv show shirt
20th Century Fox Mash TV Show Shirt

The next item is a small Mash cap and is perfect for the frugal types out there, at only $19.99!

Mash tv show hat
Rare Mash Cap

The last collectible Mash item offered by monstervintage refers to the character Hot Lips Houlihan, portrayed by Loretta Switt.

mash tv show hot lips shirt
1980s Collectible Hot Lips Mash Tee

Fashions and Flappers of the 1920s

The fashions of the 1920s are some of the most beautiful and recognizable in history.  The dropped waist, cloche hats, and bobbed hairdo, all epitomize the flapper style.  Monstervintage has some rare finds in excellent condition from this time period.

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1920s Black Lace Dress

Find out more about this collector’s piece here.  Another stellar example, in an unusual and gorgeous shade of blue, is this satin flapper delight.

Blue Satin 1920s Dress
collectable 1920s dress

One more stunning dress from the jazz age is this brown velvet frock, perfect for a winter afternoon or a cocktail party.

dress from the 1920s
brown dress from the 1920s

The perfect wrap to go with any of these stunning dresses would be a breathtaking dolman style coat.  This showstopper of a robe was made by Steinberg’s Saint Louis in the 1920s.

dolman style 1920s coat
Velvet dolman style 1920s wrap

Another  more practical way to get the flapper look without actually  wearing the  fragile garments from the 1920s, is to wear vintage  from other decades that mimic the look.  Here is a flapper fashion from the 1960s  film Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Carol Channing in a flapper costume
Carol Channing in Thoroughly Modern Millie

This beautiful 1960s dress from monstervintage is the bee’s knees, but not so fragile!  You will be the belle of the ball in this pink ruffle confection.

pink lace vintage dress
pink lace and ruffle 1960s dropwaist

Monstrous Costumes of Sir Christopher Lee

The dashing and handsome Mr. Christopher Lee holds the world record for the most film acting roles ever. Mainly know for his roles as Dracula and Frankenstein during the 1960s and 70s, he is also notable for being in more recent films like The Lord Of The Rings. Check out some vintage fashions inspired by one of the masters of the silver screen.

Before becoming an actor, Christopher Lee served in The Royal Air Force during WWII. Perhaps he wore something similar to this rare leather and fur overcoat from the 1940s?  This WWII double breasted coat is a large size for a big and tall man, just like Mr. Lee.

Find out more about this rare vintage coat here.

Here we see Mr. Lee wearing a double breasted coat in the 1957 film Frankenstein.

Another 1940s vintage piece is this pea coat in great condition.  Heavy weight wool and with the original anchor buttons, this WWII era coat will keep you warm as you wander the forest at night looking for friends.

Christopher Lee’s first appearance as a vampire was in the movie Dracula from 1958, released as Horror of Dracula in the US.   Always mesmerizing, we see him here in a still from Dracula Has Risen From The Grave made in 1968.

When dressing as the undead all it really takes, is a good black cape to make your victims swoon!

This one size fits all 1960s cape is a steal at $29.99!

This beautiful vintage wool Pendleton coat is surely something befitting Sherlock Holmes. Find out more here.

Christopher Lee first played Sir Henry Baskerville to Peter Cushing’s Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of The Baskervilles in 1959.  He also played Sherlock himself, in Sherlock and The Deadly Necklace in 1969.

A true dandy changes into a smoking jacket before indulging in a pipe.  Here is a superb example from the monstervintage collection.  Made in the 1950s with gold and green Asian embroidery, it is lounge wear fit for a king!

If you’ve never seen Beat Girl from 1960, you’re in for a real treat.  Christopher Lee plays Kenny, the owner of a strip club called Les Girls, where the young protagonist of the film is persuaded  to dance.

How to dress like a strip club owner in 1960s London you might ask?  This Curlee Sportswear blazer would be a good way to start and then just add a Towncraft Snapper clip on tie from the same era.

Before there was Burning Man there was Wicker Man from 1973. Behold the beauty of Christopher Lee and his manly mustard turtleneck.

Watch the movie to find out how pagan rituals are hell on hairstyles.  A similar sweater style from monstervintage is this rare 1970s Kawasaki ski sweater.

Long Live Christopher Lee!

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Monstrous Vintage Fashions – How to Get The Hammer Glamour Look

Some of the best vintage fashions can be found in horror films from the 1960s. Here we take a look at some of the costumes seen in films from Hammer Studios as well as the legendary Mario Bava.  Look no further than films like The Vampire Lovers, starring Ingrid Pitt, for Hammer glamour inspiration!  Here you can see Ms. Pitt wearing a lime green empire waist long sleeved gown while contemplating her next conquest.

Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers

A similar fashion from the monstervintage catalog is another empire waisted maxi, this time with a lace top. You just don’t see this olive shade of green being worn anymore and it’s a real shame. The crepe rayon skirt with the fetching bow accessory is a strong look for the modern woman. Here is another vintage green from the same period with a more austere design.

A bit less daring, this pink chiffon extravaganza reminds me of the gown that Ingrid Pitt wears in Countess Dracula before bathing in the blood of virgins.

A sample dress from New York’s garment district, the bubble gum pink 1980s gown is in mint condition.

The undisputed queen of the spaghetti horror films, Barbara Steele can be seen here in an image from the legendary Mario Bava film, Black Sunday, the first Italian horror film.

This 19th century black cape  perfectly reflects Ms. Steele’s look of Victorian gloom.

With a Peter Pan collar and satin piping trim it is a must have for costume fanciers.  Although Ms. Steele is not wearing a hat with this costume, you may still consider pairing the cape with this fabulous and rare bonnet again from the collection of monstervintage.
Never underestimate the importance of a well placed hat to contribute to your vintage look.  Ms. Steele shows us how it’s done.

The Twins of Evil show some lovely 1860s/1960s fashions as well as giving us  a look at vintage nightgowns.

In keeping with the 1970s color scheme, here are a couple of examples of maxi dresses that can be found at monstervintage.com.

You may find yourself wondering  what do these Twins of Evil wear at night?

The look can easily be achieved with this beautiful vintage peignoir.

Again we can look at Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers for inspiration in wearing vintage lingerie.

A simple white vintage slip is all it takes to resemble a 1960s era Vampire bombshell!

Remember to be beautifully monstrous when choosing your look for the day!

And as Vampira would say, bad dreams darlings….