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.
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?