On the hunt for a retro swimsuit

50s swimsuits

As much as I love Sixties fashion, when it comes to swimwear I can’t even pretend I’d ever be wearing a Sixties-style, skimpy bikini. I would love to, trust me, but with all my body hang-ups it’s hard enough to convince myself to wear a swimsuit at all.

After years of avoiding all situations that could require me to wear one and staying well away from pools and beaches, I’ve thankfully finally found a type of swimsuit I actually like: the retro Fifties swimsuit with high legs, a halterneck and flattering ruching details.

A few years ago I found such a number on some online shop or another but much to my dismay, it quite literally fell apart after just a few leisurely swims in the local pool.

Now with summer well and truly here, I’m on the hunt for a suitable, equally retro replacement. Yesterday, on my lunchtime-salad-run to M&S, I actually found one I really like, a simple black underwired halterneck. I like that it has proper boobage support rather than just flimsy strings, yet it doesn’t look like a sports swimsuit either. Plus it’s suitably plain to be dressed up in all sorts of styles, I can see it looking good with a big, late Sixties kaftan thrown on over it.

retro swimsuit


M&S didn’t have this particular one in my size in shop, so I’ve been browsing the Marks & Spencer swimwear section to see if I can order it from there.

While having a look, I actually found another swimsuit I like – and maybe even prefer –  this blue and white spotted number which makes me think of a young Bardot , you know –  a straw hat, big beach hair and red lipstick. This swimsuit has much thinner straps than the other one but comes with handy ‘tummy control’, ehrm. I normally stay well-away from anything polka dot, to me it has become such a vintage cliche on the same level as say, bunting or cup cakes.


So what to do? Which one would you go for?


spotted 50s style swimsuit

bardot straw hat



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  • July 18, 2013 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I love a bit of colour so i’d probably go with the polka dot one! i’ve recently been turned back onto polka dots so i think its rather fresh in my eyes

  • July 19, 2013 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I would go wioth the spotty one too – but then the black would go well with a sarong or a kaftan. Hmmm. Both?

  • July 21, 2013 - 7:15 am | Permalink

    Absolutely the blue one <3

  • Lena
    July 21, 2013 - 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks guys, the blue and white one it is! x

  • michelle
    July 25, 2013 - 4:37 am | Permalink

    I think the blue one would look great with your coloring, plus it’s more playful and fun for summer

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