There’s a song from the 1960’s that asks the question, “Who wears short shorts?” Many a fashion-forward female from the mid-60’s through early 70’s did! It’s hard to imagine now, but miniskirts and hot pants were completely revolutionary and scandalous when they were introduced in the mid-1960’s, riding the tide of sweeping social change along with see-through dresses made of vinyl, disposable paper fashion, and swimsuits that happened to be missing the top. Mary Quant, who gave us the miniskirt, is credited with designing early hot pants. The style of these very short shorts went through its own evolution – at first, they weren’t as short as they would eventually get, and the fabrics changed over time. A pair of hot pants like these, made of leather, in a bright hue of purple, and with conspicuous white contrasting stitches would most likely be paired with white knee boots, although a big-soled shoe would not be out of the question. Emphasizing the smallness and youthfulness of the body was the name of the game! Click here for more views and sizing information.
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!