Yo! Beach…

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Last summer I was seduced by retro swimwear..the high wasted bottoms and halter necks. ew_black_bikini2_large

It was my first toe in the water of vintage styles for the beach and I didn’t want to trip up so kept it simple and stuck to black accessorised with cats eye sunnies and a slash of red lipstick.ew_black_polka_dot_swimsuit2_large

It was one of my best buys of the summer and this year I want to expand into colour and print – it’s hard to explain the physics of how more can be less.  The nearest thing I can say is that it’s like the wonders of a mini skirt – with a normal bikini you’re basically standing in your pants and nothing is left to the imagination. Wearing a mini, not much more is added..except you want to see the pants! ew_cherries_bikini_large

These beauties are truly designed for women with curves and effortlessly turn you into that nostalgic siren of the screen, oozing feminine charm..green_retro_bikini_large ew_leopard_print_bikini_large

(All the above swimsuits are from Esther Williams, and can be bought through Luna for those in the UK.)

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(And this lovely number is from Pour Moi at Fig Leaves.)

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It’s a no-brainer – we need to step away from the sticks of this world and embrace the decades that embraced us back!

Laters, Kate x

19 comments

  1. dievca

    Gorgeous! You have just prompted me to really look into Norma Kamali’s retro swimsuits. I was toying with the idea, but it is time for me to stop by her shop… (that and she is having a Vintage NK Sale on May 1st) XO

  2. thelinencat & rockcottageyear

    I do LOVE a spot of repro swimwear…..I am lusting after some original 1950’s bathing suits on Etsy at the moment, they are deadstock and in my size but I just can’t imagine wearing them without worrying they’d get damaged so I think I’ll stick with the repro for now.

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I’m with you. It’s one of the true vintage items I’d struggle to wear – I think I also’ve come to realise the value of lycra!! I don’t think we’ve really improved fit over the years..but materials, yes. Having said that, a wonderful towelling beach throw on and I’m there! xxx

  3. avantigarde

    Love the Pour Moi bikini!
    Only thing is I have to wait a while before summer makes an appearance again in Sydney!

    Avanti
    xxx
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