kauai kitsch

traveling to such a tropical vacation locale like hawaii has many perks: the weather is amazing, the landscape is lush and wild, and you get to pull out all of your most garish clothes to wear unashamedly while lounging poolside drinking mai tai’s. just before i left for my trip, i made a bold step and bought my first hawaiian print dress. much the way i once thought leopard print was too overdone, i’ve always avoided cliche hawaiian prints in favor of more subtle fare. but if there is any time to let go of silly rules, it’s when you’re on vacation in hawaii. so this is my tourist outfit, complete with all of the kitschy themes i could think of: straw baseball cap (a visor would have been pretty awesome, too), bold tropical print, clear plastic espadrilles, and a shade of occ lip tar aptly named ‘grandma.’

wearing: whit silk canopy dress (available here or here), straw baseball cap, orla kiely bagrachel antonoff for bass espadrilles

18 Responses to kauai kitsch

  1. Fabiola "Fab" March 28, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Love the print and ofcourse the mix of colors! Beautiful!

  2. kitsune-kun March 28, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    ha! this is just so cute! I love how chic grandma vibey this feels. I love that shot of your feet- what lens do you use? is the outside curved blur done in camera or in post? I’ve always wondered if that look is a planed technique or a happy mistake, but I really love how it looks when there is an almost motion-blur-like effect round the outter ring- something else in addition to the normal depth of field blur.

    • erin (calivintage) March 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      just a happy accident, i guess! i shoot with a canon 5d markii and a 50mm f/1.4 lens. and yes, chic grandma all the way! i imagine this outfit would also work pretty well in florida, palm springs, or las vegas.

  3. Jennifer March 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    If you can’t take risks on vacation, when you can? ;)

    xo Jennifer


    • erin (calivintage) March 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      exactly! pushed me to try something new, and now that i have this dress, i’m excited to wear it when i’m back home as well. last night i pulled on a casual sweater over it and it felt pretty nice.

  4. kelsey March 28, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    great dress and loving your sandals. :)
    kw ladies in navy

    • erin (calivintage) March 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      thank you! they’re like an updated version of all those cinderella-esque lucite heels from the ’40s – ’60s. :) :) :)

  5. Samira March 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I love your dress!!!!

  6. Sarah March 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    This is such a cute outfit! I love the touristy feel of the look and that motel is epic.

    • erin (calivintage) March 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      thank you! we had a lot of fun looking around for kitschy midcentury hotels and dives!

  7. Sincerely Sammie March 29, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    I love this look! It’s very kitschy and you look great. :) Hope you’re having a relaxing and fun time!

  8. Grace March 29, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    That dress is beautiful!! I always admire the outfits you put together.


  9. Cortnie March 29, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Yes – this print works!


  10. meg March 30, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    gorgeous pictures & what a charming kitschy place motel! jealous of your hawaiian vacation.

  11. pamella March 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    not really a fan of hawaiian prints but you pulled off this look beautifully. i love how you balance the bold prints and colors with soft neutrals (cap, bag, and sandals). and i must say i super love that subtle lip shade you’re wearing!

  12. Sweet Harvest Moon April 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Such a wonderful dress!

  13. Ruby and Ceidra April 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    We love your shoes and the colours in the dress! x

  14. jessbuurman April 16, 2013 at 5:18 am #

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