The influence of all things "sailor" must go way back further than this humble blog can cover, but I realize I have enjoyed the "sailor" theme since.... was it the first time I watched South Pacific? What a musical!
Or does my first memory go back to the movie, There's No Business Like Show Business, with Ethel Merman and Mitzi Gaynor singing the catchy tune below? My double-digit-pre-teen who doesn't like to admit something Momma likes might be very good, had to giggle at this kitschy song.
The sailor influence can be seen on all kinds of items through the years. How about on a vintage greeting card? Isn't this a cutie?
You can wear jewelry with a nautical theme...
How many of us had a little sailor dress when we were little, or dressed our children in at least one sailor outfit before they got old enough to commit mutiny? JakeandJoshKids offers a custom sailor outfit for your baby. Look at this Lil' Captain.
I have owned at least two sailor-type dresses as an adult. Both of them were proudly worn during the eighties, but you can still find wardrobe pieces from nearly any decade you choose with a nautical theme.
Take a peek at this adorable rockabilly vintage 1950s playsuit from jumblelaya on Etsy. it looks like something a dancing girl on a beach in an Elvis movie might wear.
Here is a great example of 1960's-does-the-sailor-dress presented by thrush on Etsy.
The 1970s brought this Simplicity pattern along and made it "easy" for everyone to sew their own personalized sailor look!
Here is the 1980's version of the sailor dress I listed today in my Whimsy Daisy Etsy Shop. It is less revealing, shall we say, than what the 1970's sailor girls are wearing above and covers a multitude of sins...even allowing one to eat a nautical meal at Red Lobster without busting out of one's pants.