As the days warm and spring storms rush in, we can all feel it, the pull of summer! Hemlines rise, we trade our woolens and sweaters for sleeveless shirts and cotton skirts. I will put a disclaimer out here though, the warm weather makes me feel more like a late 40s, early 50s vibe that mid 40s, but many of the things on this list apply to both! Let’s get started!
1. Full Skirts
Something about warm days calls for a swishy cotton full skirt! Preferably novelty, but solids and prints work quite well. There’s something whimsical about twirling around in a nice fully skirt on a warm day.
While full skirts were most common in the late 40s and 50s, when limitations were lifted on the length and sweep of skirts, but full skirts were still popular in the 40s.
Authentic vintage full skirts can cost you a pretty penny these days, especially if it has a novelty print. But full skirt patterns are fairly easy to find, if you’re sewing inclined. If not, full skirts have come back into style many times over the years, so they’re not too hard to find.
2. Peasant Tops
Another vintage classic that is perfect for summer is the easy breezy peasant top! Popular in both the 40s and the 50s, as well as being not to hard to find today.
Something about the fit of a peasant top just evokes a casual feeling, so it’s perfect for a picnic or attending a softball game on a sunny day. While they’re classic in white, they also come in a range of colors for a new fresh look!
As a bonus, they’re pretty simple to make, and the style hasn’t changed much over the years. If you can’t find a vintage pattern, any modern peasant top pattern will do in a pinch!
3. Play Suits
The closest modern item to the classic vintage play suit is the romper, but it doesn’t even get close to doing the play suit justice! Where a romper is one piece, the play suit can be up to two, three, even FOUR pieces. They can be mixed and matched endlessly with other pieces for a truly versatile wardrobe.
Today, there aren’t a ton of uses for a play suit, other than hanging out near the water. They used to be used for all types of sporting activities, beach activities, but probably not actually in the water.
My favorite part of the play suit? The skirt that just buttons or ties on over your outfit! From sporty to classic in ten seconds.
One problem, true vintage play suits can be expensive, and you wouldn’t want to play rough in something that’s over 50 years old! Play suit patterns if you’d like to make your own are plentiful, but you also can just combine your favorite summer blouse, shorts, and skirt pattern to make your own!
Wanna know a secret? This top is actually part of a play suit set! I haven’t gotten the chance to show off the rest yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
Aand the last item! Sandals! You’re probably thinking sandals? How boring! But vintage sandals were anything but! They came in such a variety of fun colors and styles, plus it’s a classic look to find in modern footwear.
And who could forget about the ever popular tiki sandal? Not as hard to find as you might think!
I have these sandals, which are the Saltwater Sandals by Hoy. I got them from Modcloth during their spring sale. They fit like a dream and are so classic!
So there you go, 4 vintage trends I’m loving for summer! If you want more inspiration, check out my pinterest board: Summer Vintage!
Did I miss any?
What would you add?