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Vintage Tiki Party Essentials from Vivien of Holloway

This post was inspired by an event that I will be working at that was organized by Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc, The Bow Wow Luau in June in Staten Island! It got my thinking about retro Tiki Parties and vintage Hawaiian fashion during World War II. So I went on a search for the best Summer/Tiki/Hawaiian vintage inspired outfits and put together my favorites in case you need some inspiration for your summer parties or wardrobe.

The first site that I am going to talk about is Vivien of Holloway. They have the largest selection of Tiki/Hawaiian vintage style clothes that I found on one site. They not only had dresses, but also skirts and shorts. They also just came out with more casual Hawaiian dresses, if you want to wear it on a regular day.

The first dress by Vivien of Holloway, is a style that I adore. The Sarong Dress. It’s awesome because they have a tons of different prints. It also comes with a Bolero that you can wear or not wear with the dress. I love the Sarong Hibiskiss Blue Bolero Set (pictured left) with out the bolero. They also have the Sarong Malibu Red Bolero Set (pictured center) that has a super cute pineapple and hibiscus print. The even have several different color Sarong dresses with Plumeria flowers, like the Sarong Plumeria purple bolero set (pictured right).

If you don’t want a fitted dress and you are looking for a full swing skirt type dress, Vivien of Holloway has you covered there too. They carry several different Hawaiian floral prints in their 1950s Halter Neck Dress. I love the 1950s Halter neck Deluxe Hibiscus Black Dress (pictured left). You can even pair the dress with a belt like they did here in the Red Palm Print Dress (pictured center). And they just released this beautiful White Blue Pink Floral Halter Neck dress (pictured right) recently.

If you want something Hawaiian inspired that is more casual for every day, there are several cute options as well. Such as the Kitty dress shown here in Hula Girl Pink (pictured left) and Pineapple Sky (pictured right). This is a great every day, comfortable dress if you are running errands or doing stuff around the house

Vivien of Holloway just released another casual Hawaiian inspired dress that I HAVE to have! I think this is a good every day dress, but also nice enough to wear to a summer party or picnic. The Anna Sundress comes in a few different patterns so you can order more than one! My favorite patterns are the Palm Beach Red (pictured left) and the Hibiscus Royal (pictured left).

Vivien of Holloway doesn’t just have Hawaiian/Tiki Dresses they also have skirts! And they are my favorite full swing skirts at that. They just came out with the new Circle Skirt Hawaiian Sky (pictured left) that is so pretty and you can get the same floral print with a black or cream background too! When I think of Hawaiian flowers one that always comes to mind is the Bird of Paradise and this Circle Skirt Bird of Paradise (pictured center) has the perfect print. Another one of my favorite flowers is the hibiscus and the Circle Skirt Black Hawaiian (pictured right) has print ones on it!

As far an vintage Hawaiian/Tiki themed clothes go, Vivien of Holloway has the most options out of all the vintage reproduction stores that I have seen. Go to there site and you will find many more patterns in skirts and dresses besides the ones I featured here! Where do you find your vintage Hawaiian inspired clothes from?

Disclaimer: All photographs are property of Vivien of Holloway.

 

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Outfits of the Day May 12th & 13th

Saturday was my college graduation and I really didn’t know what to wear! It took me forever to decided. I wanted a dress or skirt with pockets that I could put my phone in since I couldn’t carry my purse during the graduation ceremony, but all the dresses that I wanted to wear didn’t have pockets! Honestly, it is my opinion that all vintage style dresses and skirts (swing ones anyway) should have pockets! They are so convenient!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I finally decided on this dark blue dress for my graduation. But alas I didn’t get any pictures of me just in the dress because I had my cap and gown on most of the day. I will have to get a picture next time I wear it. But you get a picture of me at graduation, ha!

2018 SNHU College Graduation

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Today was Mother’s Day and I started the day off right by attending Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with my daughter. It’s fun to have something in common that we can both do together, that is healthy for you. It’s hard getting your teenager to hang out with you and my daughter really loves BJJ, which makes me happy! Then we spent some time with my mom and went out to a late lunch. I wore my favorite color pink!

Cardigan: Mak Cropped Cardigan

Skirt: Amazon (I Can’t find the link)

Pearls & Brooch: True vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Turban: Wish.com

Vintage Floral Skirts

I promise I will get a picture of the dress I wore for graduation. It is still clean so I’ll probably wear it to work this week! Also I decided I need more pink vintage clothes in my life!

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Outfits of the Day May 7th to 11th

This week was only in the 60s compared to last weeks 70s and 80s sadly. Luckily they have not turned the AC on at work yet, so I am not freezing. The weather did give me the chance to wear some things that I probably won’t wear a lot in the summer. It’s also the second week on the Vintage Fashion Challenge on Instagram that I am participating in and this week was different colors each day.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ok so I did wear the same cardigan today, as yesterday, but I have been wanting to wear this outfit combination for a while. And it was a little chilly this morning so it was a good excuse to wear it again, besides no one at work saw me wear it yesterday anyway, haha. And I feel like this week is the last time I can wear this grey tartan dress until summer is over, so I went for it!

Cardigan: Emmy Design of Sweden

Dress: Voodoo Vixen

Avengers Pin: Hot Topic

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Today’s color for the vintage fashion challenge was Yellow/Orange. I only have one dress that is yellow with blue designs on it, but I wore that last week. I totally forgot I had this orange top, I bought it before I was wearing vintage full time and I didn’t really consider it vintage at the time, but I think it can be pulled off as vintage, paired with a swing skirt like I did here.

Top: H&M

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Vintage inspired clothes

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Today I was home in bed all day with a horrible migraine, so I did not get dressed up. But for purposes of the Vintage Fashion Challenge on Instagram, I did a throw back to my St. Patrick’s Day Outfit. The color for today was green. It’s hard to see it this picture but my petticoat is also green.

Cardigan: JJ Perfection Cropped Cardigan

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Petticoat: GRACE KARIN

Stockings: What Katie Did

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Vintage Inspired St. Patrick's Day Outfit

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I got to wear a new dress for the first time today! I have been excited to wear this dress today, because it screams ultimate 1950s house wife to me, I just forgot to wear my pearls! This dress was another great Amazon find and I am really impressed with the quality on the dress for less than $40 plus free prime shipping!

Dress: GownTown 1950s Vintage Swing Dress

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Gown Town Vintage Casual Swing Dress

Friday, May 11, 2018

Today’s color for the Instagram Vintage Fashion Challenge is special to me, because it was my Nanie’s favorite color. Purple! She had so many purple clothes, it was so cute. I only have two vintage dresses in purple and I think its time I added more to my collection! Today’s dress is yet again another score from Amazon. I am amazed at the amount of good quality vintage inspired dresses I can find on Amazon for decent prices. This dress was less than $25 and free shipping with Prime. If you really want to dress vintage but you have a limited budget like me, Amazon is definitely a great place to look. Today I remembered to wear my Nanie’s pearls and I’m wearing one of her brooches too.

Dress: BeryLove Vintage Swing Dress

Pearls: True Vintage

Brooch: True Vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

I am really liking this Instagram Vintage Fashion Challenge because its making me think about what I am going to wear ahead of time, rather than waiting until that morning to try and scrabble to pick something out. I’m excited for next weeks Challenge and to share it with you all.

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Vintage Style Clothes at EShakti

Welcome to the 3rd weekly series, of “non-vintage stores to find vintage inspired clothes”. This week’s online store is one that I have admired for several years. One of the main reasons I love this website is because you can order the clothes tailored to your height. Most dresses and pants are made for women that are 5’5″ or taller. I know this was personally been a problem for me because I am only 5’1″. But with EShakti you can enter your height on skirts, dresses and pants and decided how low or high you want your skirts to hit. On dresses and some of the skirts you can even choose what kind of sleeves you want! The prices are also very reasonable considering you can pretty much customize the clothes to your liking. The following are some of my favorite suggestions on vintage style clothes on Eshakti.

Of course first I am going to start off with the dresses, but I love them of course! Also its spring (almost summer) and Eshakti has some really cute spring/summery dresses. Another thing I love about their dresses is that a lot of them have pockets! They have a line of nautical themed dresses out now, like this cute Lobster and Crab Print Shirt Dress (pictured left). I’m a sucker for floral dresses at this time of year and the Check with floral print corset dress (pictured center) is perfect for a warm day picnic in the park and yes it has pockets! I have been screeching the internet the past couple of weeks for the perfect vintage style lemon dress and I just found it in Eshakti’s Lemon Print Dupioni Midi Dress (pictured right) and again………..it has POCKETS!!

Because EShakti has so many dresses that I considered vintage inspired, I have to show you more than just three because I love so many of them! I love vintage style dresses that have ties on the neck and this Tie Neck Sequin Tile Print Dress (pictured left) is super cute for summer because its sleeveless. I am really digging shirt dresses for this time of year and this Palm Tree Print Shirtdress (pictured center) would be perfect for a summer Tiki party. I mentioned in previous post that I also love bird prints and this Bird on a wire cotton poplin dress is super cute (pictured right).

Adding to the list of reasons why I love EShakti, is that most of there skirts have pockets and you know how much I love pockets in my skirts and dresses! They have several full skirts, like this Leaf Print Full Cotton Skirt (pictured left), which is a great print for summer. I think every vintage gal needs an essential white full skirt for summer and the White Poplin Full Skirt is perfect (pictured center), you can mix and match with many different tops. I love vintage style tropical print dresses and skirts for the summer time and this Tropical Pineapple Print Skirt (pictured right) is super adorable, I can imagine wearing it to a Tiki Party.

EShakti does not disappoint with there selection of vintage inspired dresses and skirts, and with pockets! That is just beyond exciting in my book. The only thing they are lacking are vintage inspired tops and pants. All there clothes are still lovely, so if you aren’t strictly wearing vintage like I try to, I would definitely check out their other selection of clothes. The fact that they will have the clothes to your height measurements without extra cost, is something that I have not seen a lot of places do and I really commend them for that.

Disclaimer: All photographs contained in this post are property of EShakti.

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Outfits of the Day May 5th & 6th

This weekend was very busy! My daughter had a track meeting Saturday morning. I also had to do hair and makeup for Prom AND I have a Kentucky Derby/Going Away Party to attend all on Saturday. Sunday was a more relaxed chill day and I got to work on a vintage craft tutorial that I will be posting within the next week or two.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I was so excited I got to attend my first ever Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday! I had the perfect dress already that I had purchased a few months ago from Unique Vintage, but haven’t had the occasion to wear yet. I went with a simple hat which I also loved. Everyone else at the party was in jeans, but I didn’t care I love being dressed up. I didn’t win best hat, but I did win overall best dressed!

Dress: Unique Vintage

Hat: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Modcloth

Vintage 1950s Dress from Unique Vintage

Vintage Hats from Unqiue Vintage

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday was a very chill day and it was over cast and a tad chilly. I had to run a bunch of errands and I wanted to be comfortable, so I opted for some vintage high waist pants and my favorite cardigan. The cameo pin I am wearing is one that was passed down from my Nanie (Grandmother) and I love wearing her pieces and thinking about her. She had many vintage brooches and scarves and I love that I have outfits to wear them with now. I’m wearing simple leather ballet flats that I have had for many years (sorry I can’t remember where they are from).

Cardigan: Peggy Sue Cardigan by Emmy Design of Sweden

Pants: Unique Vintage

Relaxed Vintage Outfit

This was a busy weekend. I am looking forward to putting together more new outfits this coming work week. Did you go to the Kentucky Derby or a Derby party this weekend? What did you wear that was vintage inspired?

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Outfits of the Day May 1st to 4th

This week was a short work week for me, because I flew back from Florida on Monday night. I did wear a comfortable vintage style outfit on Monday, but I was running around and then in the airport and on the plane for hours so I didn’t get a picture. So you only get 4 to see four outfits for the week day post update. I do post my outfit everyday on Instagram (sparkleshan), but I save the outfit details  and where everything is from, for my blog posts.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dress: Unique Vintage

Cardigan: MAK Crop Cardigan from Amazon

Shoes: Chase & Chloe from Amazon

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I’m not sure if this dress is available anymore, but I got it a few weeks ago during Unique Vintage’s $25 Dress Shop Sale, totally score!

Dress: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Modcloth

Vintage Floral Dress from Unique Vintage

Thursday, May 3, 2018

This dress cost me less then $30 on Amazon and I got 2 day free shipping with Prime. The quality is actually really great for the price and I got a lot of compliments on the dress. I’m wearing the Zest is History Heel from Modcloth. I love these heels because they come in my tiny size 5, and most of my other vintage style heels are 5.5 which is slightly to big, but I make due because I can never find vintage shoes I like in my size. These heels come in multiple colors besides black.

Dress:Amazon

Shoes: Modcloth

Vintage Nautical Dress from Amazon

Friday, May 4, 2018

Top: Steady Clothing

Skirt: Unique Vintage (it has POCKETS!!!)

Shoes: Chase & Chloe from Amazon

Turban: Wish

1940s Style clothing from Unique Vintage

The weather this week was my ideal temperature in the low 80s and 70s, so I got to wear some sleeveless dresses that I haven’t worn before and I was excited about that! Next week its supposed to be in the low 60s (boo) so I have a feeling I will be wearing a lot of cardigans. This weekend is the Kentucky Derby and I can’t wait to wear this awesome new dress and hat and share it with you all in my weekend outfit post!

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Vintage Inspired Clothes at ChicWish

Last week I wrote a post about a non vintage store (Forever21) that you can find vintage inspired clothes. Well I decided to make this a weekly post because I keep finding other stores that are not necessarily vintage that are selling vintage looking clothes. I’m on a budget so I am always on the hunt for the less expensive vintage style clothes. This week I will be showing you some vintage style pieces from Chicwish. I think this store popped up on Instagram or facebook and of course I had to check it out. Now not all their clothes are vintage style so you might have to go digging.

Right off the bat I started in the skirt section, because I am always looking for full, swing style skirts and they had many to choose from. The following are just some of my favorites. Of course for spring we have to get those floral skirts in like the Peony Renaissance Jacquard Midi Skirt (Pictured left). They also have those floral border print skirts that I love with this Gone with Rose Midi skirt (pictured center). And we can’t forget the solid color skirts either like this The Aroma of Rose Embossed Midi Skirt in Hot Pink (pictured right).

 

If you want vintage style skirts other than full, swing skirts, Chicwish has got you covered there too. Like this Stripe Illusion Frill Hem Skirt (pictured left) that comes in cream and black with white stripes. They also have a cute take on a retro pencil skirt, Retro Taste Check Pencil Skirt (pictured center). I love vintage style A-Line skirts with buttons down the center and the Easygoing Gingham Midi Skirt (pictured right) is the perfect pattern for summer. These are just a sample of the vintage style skirt you can find on Chicwish, go check out the skirt section on their site and you will find a ton more.

As far as dresses go, they don’t have as many vintage style dresses as they do skirts, but I was able to find a few cute ones. Like this Blue Floral Shirt Dress (pictured left). This White Rose Print dress  (pictured center) is listed as a prom dress, but it looks more like a cocktail dress or something you’d wear to a Spring Tea. This Pink Gingham Dress is the perfect dress to wear to the park or a picnic (pictured right).

As far as tops and pants go, I did not find anything on Chicwish’s site that I would be considered vintage style so that is why I am not sharing any of those items. But if you are looking for some cute skirts, this is definitely a great alternative. What non-vintage stores have you found vintage style clothes at? I’d love to hear!

 

Disclaimer: All photographs contained in this post are property of Chicwish.com