Let's start with some cool summer fashions from 1950 featured in Women's Home Companion. Described as "playclothes", you can flash in the pool or sparkle by its side in these fashions that are "the clothes that California makes for summer".
By the pool, this white sleeveless dress in pique is casual enough for sunning, pretty and cool enough for many other occasions.
Hand-screened tropical leaves distinguish these dresses for any summer evening in a patio or on a lawn. On the left, a two-piece cotton dress; on the right, a strapless dress of cotton twill.