Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Make a Splash in Vintage/Retro Swimsuits

First things first...the winner of our May blog giveaway is...
BECKY.  Congratulations, Becky!  Hope you enjoy your sun/eye glass case!
Retro Revival's June blog giveaway is fabulous:
I've been obsessed with retro bathing suits for some time now and couldn't resist picking up this adorable makeup case, thinking it'd be perfect for my June blog giveaway!  It's bigger than it looks and will surely fit all of your makeup and bath essentials for a weekender.
We'll draw a winner on June 30th so to enter, please become a FOLLOWER of this blog and leave a comment.
Coincidently for my birthday last week, my daughter gave me this makeup case:
It's by the same manufacturer.  I love the graphic and the shape and can hardly wait to use it on my next trip.
Now...back to my vintage bathing suit obsession...I'd like to splish splash in any number of these vintage beauties:
Today's swimsuits are usually constructed with little support, are often flimsy and rarely lined.  If you’re lucky, you might get some sort of shelf bra in there but that’s about it.  One look at the swimsuits of the 1940s and 50s and you can see that they were nothing less than feats of engineering:  pieced structured cups, shirring, smocking and strategic seams galore.
There’s something way more sexy about these than most of today’s skimpy suits (well, especially when modeled by Bettie Page!).
Thankfully, there are a few retailers available today that create retro-inspired swimwear:
Pinup Girl Clothing (http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/swimwear.html) offers several options including this super cute cherry two piece:
And Baby Girl Boutique (http://www.babygirlboutique.com/swimwear.html) has authentic, vintage suits; I like this one:
From my personal photo stash, I have this picture my father took at a beach somewhere in California.  My mother looks great in her stripped two piece and her sunscreen.  My sister's in the front and I'm to the side (think I'm about four years in this picture).
Until July when I'll head to the shore again, I'll continue my search for the perfect retro or vintage suit!


Becky said...

Thank you again! Can't wait to use my new glasses case!

I love these swimsuits!

The one you are wearing looks very much like the one my Skipper doll arrived wearing!

Tracy said...

I'm pretty sure when I was younger I had one very similiar to the one with the little skirt. :)

Anonymous said...

love the swim suits! ~ Georgia

Anonymous said...

Retro Swimwear is definately in! Try retroswimwear.com and take a look at their amazing suits!!