Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Stay Cool, Stay Vintage

Here in central Florida, we have two basic seasons. There’s the one where it’s cool in the morning but warms up enough so you can sit outside by afternoon. And there’s the other one, where it’s already hot when you first wake up and stays just plain hot all day.

Oh, and did I mention the humidity? If Eskimos have 100 words for snow, Floridians must have just as many ways of talking about humidity. Like, it’s close, muggy, musty, sticky, damp, or steamy. It’s like a steam bath out there. You get the idea.

Right now, we are about at that tipping point where the pleasant, lovely season transitions to to the rather hot one. So faced with the wall of heat and mugginess, how do we stay cool and wear vintage in the summer?

First, let’s look at some 1960’s sheath dresses. These are meant to fall away from the body so they don’t stick to the skin. Extra added bonus: those super yummy mod prints and colors!


Next, how about some 1970s hippie-bohemian Mexican dresses? The crinkle cotton creates some air in the manner of a seersucker suit but with a whole lot more drapiness and flow. Wear sandals, braid some flowers in your hair and you’re good to go.

vintage Mexican dresses

These light, sheer cotton blouses are from the pre-air conditioned 1940s and 50s, when they knew a thing or two about keeping cool. Pair one with high waisted shorts for a retro cool vibe.

vintage cotton blouses

Now let’s lighten up our summer accessories. How about a breathable straw hat to shade your face and keep the sun out of your eyes?

vintage summer hats

Now ditch the heavy leather bag for one of these summery straw stunners:

vintage straw bags

Who wants heavy jewelry when it’s hot? Try a light, dainty vintage charm necklace with your vintage finery.

vintage dainty jewelry

Stay vintage and stay cool!

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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