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1950s Cole of California Hawaiian Floral Print Sarong Bathing Suit

1950s Cole of California Hawaiian Floral Print Sarong Bathing Suit

Grab your surf board and ukulele! This stunning 1950s sarong style swimsuit from Cole of California, in a hard to find tropical floral print, will make all your Hawaiian vacay dreams to come true!


The US fashion world went "tiki crazy" for everything Hawaiian/Polynesian starting in the 1930s with elements of the trend lasting well into the 60s. 


Featuring a figure-flattering skirted bottom, built-in molded bra cups for that classic vintage shape. Contouring draping to shrink the waist, and a sarong style faux side tie. Multiple button holes on the straps allow for adjustable lengths and for the suit to be worn a variety ways - straight, criss-crossed, or tied behind the neck in a halter style. The straps can be secured in the back using the original lucite fisheye buttons. Original metal zipper up the center back with a cotton snap panel, signature of the time.


Really unique material, in a beautiful muted chartreuse/pear color with white floral print. Most likely a stretch nylon blend, in what can best be described as an almost lace-like, burn out brocade.




Not labeled but most likely stretch nylon



Near Mint condition (see condition chart below). A bit of fraying of the tag, and very small bit of wear in the inner crotch lining of the suit. I have reinforced the spot with a bit of liquid stitch to prevent further running (see pic above). No holes or stains.



Not labeled. I would say best for a modern US size 6-8 but please see measurements below for an accurate fit.


Measurements :

Bust: 36-38"

Cup: B or C

Waist: 25-40" (because of draping and tie)

Hips: 37-41"

Total Length (from shoulder to bottom hem line): 28"


    • Returns are accepted on this item
    • Refund will be given less a 20% restocking fee. Refunds will not be given for shipping or return shipping
    • Returns must be shipped back in the same condition as they were received. Any/all accessories, and packaging must be included and any original hang tags must be attached.

    • ​​​​​​​Deadstock or NOS- Vintage garment possibly in original packaging, never used. These items may have fading, staining or other issues from years of storage, visible flaws will be noted.
    • Mint- Pristine as the day it was made, shows no signs of wear.
    • Near Mint- Item shows only the slightest signs of wear.
    • Excellent- Item shows typical signs of wear due to occasional use.
    • Very Good- Item is wearable, but has some surface flaws such as fading or staining.
    • Good- Item is wearable, but cannot be returned to excellent condition even with repairs.
    • Fair- Item is barely wearable, could be used for a costume or as a project piece.
    • Poor- Item is not wearable and could only be used for repurposing or a pattern.
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