Maile Duval’s character (played by Joan Blackman) in the 1961 Elvis hit Blue Hawaii has the best wardrobe ever and is one of my biggest style icons. Her character is half french, half Hawaiian and is a tour guide in Waikiki. Oh! and she is also Elvis’ love interest; I wonder why I drooled over her life as a preteen? From the first time I watched Blue Hawaii, probably when I was around 7 years old, I have wanted to wear vintage hawaiian print dresses and bikinis with matching swimcaps.
Being so obsessed with this film, I admit this movie is the reason why Jay and I went to Maui on our honeymoon (yes, it’s true!). My honeymoon wardrobe was also totally inspired by Maile’s character, and our trip to a pineapple plantation on Maui was a dream of mine since seeing this movie. I realize Maui is not Waikiki but it was close enough 🙂
Seeing this film for the first time is when I fell head over heels in love with both Elvis Presley and vintage. The matching swimwear outfits, amazing prints, and perfectly tailored 50’s style silhouettes have totally impacted the beauty I see in fashion. Plus the film is dreamy and beautiful to watch.
and this is the matching swim cap!
This blue dress is perfect.
More amazing fashion from the film.
Another matching suit and swimcap!
Oh to be back in this era…
I’m hoping one day an Elvis fanatic like myself develops The Blue Hawaii swimsuit line, I would buy them all!
I hope you’ve enjoyed a look at one of my biggest vintage style icons! Take a peek at some of our vintage treasures in our shop here: thefrenchseventyfive.etsy.com
If you need a little vintage romance in your life, I totally recommend watching the movie. I’ve seen it so many times and I never get bored of it. I mean Elvis and Hawaii, what more do you need?