I absolutely love the idea of packaged "wardrobes" of interchangeable, co-ordinated pieces, and it seems they were quite the thing in the early 50s. I recently posted a novelty print set from 1950, and I've just come across some more from the early 50s Sears catalogues. They're just so practical - I so need to make myself a set for my holiday to Turkey in September!
From 1951, the 4-piece set above comprises flared skirt, bra, blouse and shorts. The 'sun bra' and skirt are in "a striking palm leaf print in shades of gold, blue and tangerine. The blouse and shorts are "solid tangerine, beautiful for blondes, brunettes and redheads, handsome with suntan."
An adorably demure polka dotty wardrobe from 1952 "makes four outfits, each worth a big rave" (!) It was available in navy/white and red/white colourways.
Also from 1952, a 4-piece wardrobe with reversible bra, in a "sun-kissed lime and tangerine" colour combination "to put you in the spotlight". I guess it would certainly do that!
Another 1952 wardrobe, this time in coloured denim with gingham, available in lime green, shrimp pink and charcoal grey colourways.
This saucy polka dot set from 1953 came in navy with white.
A preppy little stripe set, again from 1953.
And lastly, the piece de resistance - the epitome of atomic era print design. "Multicolour asters dance like sunbursts on white ground fine cotton broadcloth. The solid colour broadcloth "picks up" the sunniest hues of the print with a choice of three delightful colour schemes". This came in print with solid lime, charcoal grey or melon rose. From the tie-waist blouse to the detachable-strap bustier, I love it all.