This concert tee marks the era of a huge resurgence of popularity for the Monkees. Following the re-airing of their popular TV show on cable, they found a whole new generation of fans and reuinited to record more songs. Whether your favorite song is “Daydream Believer” as sung by Davy Jones, “I’m a Believer” sung by Mickey Dolenz, or “Auntie Grizelda” sung by Peter Tork, you can rest assured that this shirt pays tribute to each Monkee who performed these timeless tunes. Click here for more views and details.
When you find a piece of clothing like this, you also find someone’s story. Sometimes, you also find how that story relates to history! In researching the place names on this jacket, I learned that Misawa, Japan was the starting point for the world’s first trans-Pacific flight. (Source: “Then and Now“) After World War II, it served as an Air Force Base and the Navy also had a presence there too. This jacket tells the story of someone called “Chi Chi”, who was in the 6920 Security Group for two years in the 1970’s. Looking at the patches and the embroidery, you get a better idea of this person’s hobbies and activities:
Whoever Chi Chi was, he loved sports: Basketball, baseball, and he was apparently from California. From the map on the back of the jacket, you can see how far to the north Misawa is: At the northern tip of the main island (Honshu) in the Aomori prefecture. The fleece lining on this jacket likely helped keep Chi Chi warm in the winter, as it can get pretty snowy in northern Honshu. Another way to warm up in this region of Japan is to visit an onsen (hot springs bath), but there’s no patch for that.
If you’re interested in history and souvenir jackets, please find more detail views of the other patches here.
Don’t you think of ice cream, sherbet, or even gelato when you see these perky colors? Bold and happy floral print on a breezy knee-length or just above knee-length dress, tunic, or shift. I like to think that this was made right about the same time Laugh-In was on TV. Slip this on, watch some Rowan and Martin! Click here for more views.
Turn some heads in this red, white, and blue vision! There’s a lot going on here. Jazz Age graphics and splashy colors make an impression on this three-button men’s shirt. We’re posting it in time for the Fourth of July, but really: These colors never go out of season. More information here.
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!
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.
One more from the 1970s, is this simple and chic, red sundress.
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.
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.
Take your summer look from mediocre to outstanding with a perfect vintage sundress and accessories!
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.
Another fantastic find, and a bit more affordable, is this 1960s tiki delight.
Made by Hukilau and 100% cotton, this Aloha shirt is definitely a crowd pleaser.
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.
Monstervintage.com has over 150 Aloha shirts to choose from, so you can be the best dressed man at the luau!
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.
A little more unusual is this Polynesian fabric dress made by Waltah Clarke in the 1960s.
Stand out from the crowd in this bold and fashionable print!
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.
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.
In great condition, this cotton polyester blend t-shirt, has the Mash logo and a helicopter graphic.
The next item is a small Mash cap and is perfect for the frugal types out there, at only $19.99!
The last collectible Mash item offered by monstervintage refers to the character Hot Lips Houlihan, portrayed by Loretta Switt.