The string bikini vs vintage swimsuit

Monday, September 6, 2010

Summer is approaching our antipodean shores, and that means we need to start thinking about *uh-oh* beachwear. Usually, shopping for beachwear is not good for one's self esteem when trying on bathers in our pale-extra-padded-fuelled-by-too-much-comfort-food-winter bodies. But wait! Something exciting is happening to our swimwear this year.. goodbye string bikini, and hello glamorous vintage swimsuits!

They say less is more, but vintage inspired swimwear is on the rise. Classic 1940/50's styled bathing swimsuits and high waisted two pieces have recently hit the catwalk with Australia's Fashion Week's Ella Bache Splash Swim Resort Wear group show



I'm all for it. Not only do classic swimsuits cover more skin, and that means hiding more flaws *cheer*, but I am sure most people will agree, vintage bathers flatter the majority of female shapes, and add a certain femininity and glamour to our beaches!

A mention for a fantastic giveaway on Tilly and The Buttons Blogspot partnered with For Luna to give away a beautiful vintage inspired swimsuit. The winner gets to choose a swimsuit - subject to availability. The deadline for entries is Friday 10th September at 23:00 GMT. For more details, head on over to Tilly and The Buttons right now!

Some of my For Luna favourites:

Sailor Swimsuit


Red Retro Swimsuit

Blue Retro Cherry Print Swimsuit

A special thanks to What's For Tea? for recommending her excellent review as guest blogger on Sleekit blogspot of Esther Williams Vintage Swimwear which can also be found at Scally & Trombone on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne.


Take a vote on my poll:



18 comments:

What's For Tea? said...

Hear hear! Viva la vintage swimsuit. Classic AND flattering. You can see the ones I bought recently over here
http://sleekitone.blogspot.com/2010/07/while-sleekits-away.html

Adam @ Sit Down Disco said...

OK, here's a bloke's point of view. I always think the skimpy bikinis are for those women with magazine-like figures to show off in down at the beach and that's not attractive to me. I'm all for the more modest vintage look because it looks normal!

rachelle rachelle said...

oh i love the black retro & the black & white polka dot.

Erica Louise said...

Wotsfortea - thank you for your comment, I have edited my post to include your exellent swimsuit review!

Adam - thank you so much for commenting, excellent to hear a blokes point of view, especially that you approve of vintage swimwear - yay

What's For Tea? said...

Thanks Lady Erica and well done you Adam for providing a fella's point of view!

Sleekit said...

Love, I will be getting me one this summer

Thanks for the plug too ;)

Sleekit x

nicole said...

i have been lusting over vintage swimsuits for a faiiiiiiir while now. definitely need to get on it this summer ha ha!
xox

stephanie hillberry said...

I just purchased my first one piece suit in...oh...about 10 years, and it was a black vintage-style! I love the classic lines, flattering shape, and that I will likely be able to wear it for...oh...the next ten years. It was one of my best summer purchases this year!
--stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated

Paper Tree Design said...

Great post. I will definitely be heading over to Tilly and The Buttons blog, so thanks for sharing. Thanks to Adam too for giving an honest viewpoint from a guy! Michelle

Erica Louise said...

Wow, it seems vintage swimwear is a real hit! Excellent. Thanks to everyone for comments so far :)

Fourth Daughter said...

hi, thanks for visiting, I just tried to comment but my connection stuffed up, so sorry if this comes up twice... you've got the free pass for the Clothing Exchange event so your name is on the door (as Erica Louise... seeing as I don't know your surname).. look forward to seeing you then!
Vintage swimsuits, so beautiful on curvier girls, but I'm afraid those one-pieces would just make stick-figure-like me just look like I'm wearing sausage casing!

Anonymous said...

I love wearing my vintage swimsuit. I get more looks from guys then I do wearing my 2 piece.

Kara said...

I just love those vintage onepiece swim suits. The cherry one at the bottom is my absolute favorite. The sailor suits are cute too!

Susan Wiegand said...

While men so like to see skin, and they don't seem to much care how good quality the body, it seems to me they really like to see women looking and feeling beautiful. It stuns them. Don't worry. They are imagining you naked no matter what you are wearing, so you may as well leave more to their imagination, if that is likely to be more flattering.

It is so beautiful to see women NOT self-conscious, and just enjoying themselves, which is easier if one isn't concerned about a too-tiny bathingsuit. When I put women, of any age or size, in a more vintage-cut shape, they just walk around like they are wearing clothing, comfortable and happy. It is lovely. I am not crazy about one-piece suits, but the two piece suits often show very little of the midrift, if that is what the woman prefers. Happy Summertime!

Susan Wiegand said...

Ah! I just got that this is a vintage/recycled, be a better world citizen through your fashion choices kind of site! Yay! We actually encourage, and teach, people to make their own swimwear and underwear, so it is perfect and not made in sweatshops. That it is also as inexpensive as it can be is also marvelous. I am making up instructions for such stuff this week, and will send a link when it is up. Yay! Girl power!

Anonymous said...

Wow! How cute are these swimsuits! I just bought my first retro swimsuit over at RetroSwimwear.com and it fit amazingly. I definately suggest taking a look!

Anonymous said...

rakkaus valkoinen yksiosainen kirsikka yksi ... aivan ihana.sääli se on melko kallis ..
-Lumi Männikkö

australian online clothing stores said...

It's summer time and these are some cute swimsuits to wear. I would love to wear a vintage swimsuit to look unique!

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