8.6.09

Fashion Forward: 1950s Swimsuits

In my yearly attempt to try a different style of swimsuit (damn you two-piece swimdress for being so comfortable!), I've been looking to the past for inspiration. I declare the swimwear of the 1950s to be the most astonishing.

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I wouldn't touch a white swimsuit with someone else's body, but Marilyn knows how to rock it out. Look, she's going into the water, and she's not even afraid of STSS (see-through swimsuit syndrome).

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The flattering ruching is out of this world. Some like it hot, indeed.

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Yet more ruching! I am such a sucker for a good ruche. Three different body types, yet virtually the same, universally flattering suit shape.

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More hip-hugging fun. I'd pay good money for replications of the three suits on the left. The one on the right, though, may be too, er, "hip" for me. Get it? Hip! OK ...

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I can't even bring myself to comment on these waists, or the lack thereof. Why don't I just make yet another comment on the optical illusion of ruching and how it makes things appear smaller than they are. Um, yeah, that explains the Barbie proportions, alright.

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Quick! Can someone make me either of the above swimsuits stat? Love them, love them.

Are you craving your very own retro suit yet? If so, take a gander at these indie designer frocks that embrace the vintage aesthetic:

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EDIT: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this post, I have revisited this topic. Click here to see more retro swimsuits.

7 comments:

  1. You made me laugh out load regarding the tiny barbie waists! hee hee. Beautiful swimsuits...want one too. I hate swimsuits at the best of times and would love one that makes me look fab no mater what, Lx

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  2. Hmm.. I wonder if the older suits had corsets in them... barbie waist indeed. I agree with the white swimsuit too... way too dangerous.

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  3. Ooooh-la-la and shake an bake...!! Wow...!!!!!! Dad

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  4. I love the pink one with the puffs at the hips! I would wear that one ... well, I would *buy* that one, and then it would sit in my drawer with my two bikinis that have yet to be worn, and the three other suits that haven't seen water since ... oh ... maybe 2005? Sure, I live in California - within walking distance of the beach, no less! But do I swim? Surf? Even lounge on the beach? The answer would be not often. Still, I think you should buy yourself one of these suits -- you'd look super-cali-fragilistic-expealidociously awesome. (Get the "cali" part?)

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  5. http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3084556?refsid=244497&refcat=0%7e2376776%7e2374327%7e2379759%7e2379760&SourceID=&SlotID=2&origin=related&cm_Sp=Related-Items-_-Product-_-Auto

    I just tried this on today and LOVED IT!!!

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  6. Yeah... That ain't rouching making those 50s bathing beauties wasp-waisted. Hello corsets! But then who needs to breathe if you have a suit that can make you look like Marilyn? Hot hot hot.

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  7. Hmm.. I wonder if the older suits had corsets in them... barbie waist indeed. I agree with the white swimsuit too... way too dangerous.

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