Patio Pretties

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the “squaw” (also known as “patio” or “fiesta”) dresses and sets or western or Mexican themed items in general.  (The fact of the matter is I dream of having a room dedicated to black velvet matador paintings, taxidermied jackalopes and Zorro memorabilia)  Popular in the 1950s, these dresses or two piece top and skirt sets were reminiscent of the wild west and dazzling golden age of old Spanish California.  A recent conversation in the wake of the floral print party, my friend Angelica and I discussed having a party where each person would wear one of these patio ensembles, and so we did, leaving Casa Del Matador in, as Angelica put it, “a haze of rickrack”.

I had a very lovely and relaxing evening with Angelica, her friend Candice (who made her dress, I might add!) and her husband, as well as Teresa (with whom I did many of AlexSandra’s fashion shows with) and Jennifer of Jumblelaya.  It was simply fantastic seeing the various takes on the “squaw” outfit, and no two were alike.  We talked about movies, art, travel and of course vintage, all while sipping away at margaritas.

Dress: Fashion by Robert Black, Scottsdale, Arizona
Belt: Bohemian Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Hair Flower: Fabric Depot
Silver Bell Earrings: Private Sale
Bull & Matador Scatter Pin Set: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium
Mariachi Band Charm Bracelet: Gift from my dad
Tooled Leather Purse: Expo
Shoes: Thrifted

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