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Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Favorite Tiki Attire - Tea Timers

Another one of my big vintage obsessions is Hawaiian/Tiki style clothing.  I have too large of a collection of the stuff and not enough events to wear all of it to.  I might as well admit here and now that I'm hoarding it.  I kid myself that I will sell some of my pieces... At least that's what the shopaholic part of my brain tells me when I'm buying it. Sometimes I actually do sell it, but mostly I keep it all for myself. It's so fun to buy it, and I can't seem to stop myself when I find something ultra cool (to me), when the price is right. 

My favorite style of vintage Hawaiian clothing is tea timer blouses. I decided that when I realized that I have about 11 of them. I could have some more tucked away somewhere. If I find them, I will update this blog post. I've been  picking them up here and there over the years, and today my newest addition arrived (it's the last photo in this post) and that makes about eleven! 

Here are photos of my favorites:

This one is more vivid and lovely in person. My camera isn't doing the coral color justice. 

I wish that I could present you with a fabulous history of the tea timer, but  I tried to look that up on the internet, and there isn't a whole lot about them out there.  If any of you know more about them, please post that in the comments area of this post below (I love reading your comments).  The little bits of info. I found about them boils down to this sentence:  "These tops called tea timers had a Chinese Mandarin influence that accentuated the female figure."  Well, my tops must be too big on me because they don't accentuate my figure.  Maybe my neck when I have them buttoned all the way up, but I don't think they are flattering on me. I love  them anyway because they have such a distinctive look, and I've found some in AMAZING Hawaiian print fabrics as you can see in these photos!  

Here's the latest addition that arrived today!  My camera did not do it justice.  Multiply the vivid color here by a hundred and that's how the shirt really looks!
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Aloha!


  1. Love your Shirts!! Sweeeet! Thank the Gods- Not all the Awesome Hawaiian shirts I've Sold, fit me, Or we'd have to buy a Bigger House!! Love them!!

    1. Right?? I keep checking out your website for goodies : ) Thank for the comment!! I love getting comments, especially from loved ones. xxoo

  2. I adore your blog!!! And your latest blue tea timer is really GORGEOUS. I've seen the tan/brown one on you and love it, too. Thank you for sharing such creative finds with us. xoxo

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Erin! I adore your blog, too!!