The Vintage Swimwear Special

I LOVE Roxy’s post on vintage swimsuits re-blogged above – I think helped by the fact that she looks so darn good in them…I am completely inspired and for once I am going to get my act together and start sorting my beachwear now and not the usual week before the plane leaves, when I fall into the horrible trap of compromise, misfit and doom…I want frills, halter necks, large sunnies, a turban and very red lipstick…Her post was written with perfect timing as for those of a tiny body frame I also have this:

IMG_0322The smallest addition to the MasonBentley Summer Collection – our very first sample bikini –  but here’s to many more..and matching – or possibly contrasting beach layers to go with it…delicious.  Anna will be wearing it somewhere in France this August..and stacking up the orders I hope!

Laters, Kate x

Roxy Vintage Style

Vintage Style SwimsuitsWhen I lived in Sydney I built up quite the collection of vintage style swimwear.

A 1950s bathing suit is the beach equivalent of a wiggle dress. An outfit in itself, it’s flattering and feminine, especially on women with curves. I love ones with halter necklines for complete cleavage control – it’s hard to pull off seaside chic when one boob is making a break for freedom.

For the journey to my sunbaking spot I just pull on a pair of Tara Starlet high-waisted shorts, a floral headscarf and some giant sunglasses to complete the fifties vibe.

I do own a couple of bikinis bought in moments of extreme optimism, but I always go back to my one-pieces. Who wants to be suffering midriff-related anxiety when they’re trying to relax on holiday?

If you’re looking for the genuine article I recommend Glamour Surf or Etsy. Most of the vintage originals are expensive but…

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  1. itwasjudith

    beautiful swimwear and great design for your latest addition… if i only were a beach type (and a few kilos lighter) 🙂 love the colours

  2. fashionassist

    J’adore post by Roxy Vintage Style + enjoyed your added little bit too–great read…
    and the smallest addition to the MasonBentley Summer Collection is adorable…
    would love to reblog both your posts (together) in the near future…
    what do you think—would that be ok? ~xo

  3. Many Cha Cha Michelle

    The peacock swimmers are just gorgeous, and I happened to have peacocks in my mind… And thank you, to both you and Roxy, because I’ve also learned something from your reblogging experiment 🙂

      • itwasjudith

        peacock prints at Liberty sounds like a dangerous piece of information 🙂 I love peacocks…. was it Tiffany or Cartier in Old Bond Street who had one (the animal not the jewel) in their shop window?

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    • MasonBentley

      It’s a real sugar n spice number! You are coming in a lovely time of the year..if the weather is kind..but alot to do if it’s not..and some of the best shopping anywhere! xxx

  5. barbschaelh

    Love how the swimsuit brings up the natural curves! just as a women should be 🙂

  6. birdicatt

    Enjoy vintage/retro stuff too….and these are cute and I can appreciate them, despite being mostly into gothic and steam punk styles most times……

    • MasonBentley

      Do goths n punks do the beach??! But yes, I could see that if I was a goth/punk and I was forced to take a holiday in Barbados (damn it) a black retro number all the way! – can’t see you in the cherries some how…