Yo! Beach…


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.)


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



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


  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!