Monday, May 9, 2011

Musings: Retro Bikinis

As you guys have already seen in my one piece swimsuit post, I'm really excited for all the adorable retro-inspired swimwear this season.  I'm especially excited for high-waisted bikini bottoms. They  give those of us with not quite camera-ready tummies the opportunity to get a little color on our midsection.  Here are a view different categories of retro bikinis we're seeing this season.

Sporty Beach Bombshell:

Taking inspiration from a couple of Bond girls, a monochromatic two piece with fun retro accents shows off an adventure ready physique.

Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)
Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002)

You don't have to wear a dive knife to recreate this look, here's a belted suit that you can wear to the  pool without getting dirty looks (well at least not because of the knife):

ASOS: Diesel Belted Hipster Bikini

Read on for more vintage inspired two-pieces in classic black and white, delicate florals, bright colors and graphics, and bold florals!

Classic Black & White

Michael Stars Origami Fedora
Land's End
Gap Soft pleated top & Pintucked Bikini Skirt 
ModCloth: Esther Williams
 Retro Prints & Florals:

Gap Floral Ruffle Bandeau & ruched hipster
Anthropologie: Airborne Bikini
Antropologie: Floral Rush Reversible Bikini & High Waisted Brief
ModCloth: Plus Size Rainbow Graph Two Piece
 This suit above illustrates what I was saying about high waisted briefs in my intro. A plus-size girl who normally wouldn't be able to wear a bikini can wear this kind of style and show of her shape, without being self conscious about her stomach.

ASOS: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Alloy: Zip Bandeau & Ruffle Bottom
Gap: Vintage Floral Bikini
Jessica Simpson
ModCloth: Esther Williams
Bright Colors & Graphics:  

Anthropologie: High Sun Bikini
Urban Outfitters: Sweet Heart Sunglasses
Delia*s Squareneck Tankini
Retro Swimwear: The Vera Plus Size Vintage Bikini

 Stephanie (thanks for letting me share!) plays in the sand wearing her Esther Williams Bathing Beauty Bikini

And to finish off with some retro inspiration, here's Esther Williams (whose collection you've seen throughout this post) herself rocking a two-piece. Read her Wiki article if you're not already familiar with this swim, film and fashion icon:

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