The term retro is used to describe something that causes reminiscing of the past which is such an accurate way to describe retro swimwear. Today, the more skin a person shares, the better.
String bikinis, low cut swim bottoms that show tantalizing lines, small fabric swatches over breasts…to see a woman in high waist swim bottoms and a full broad bikini top, that accentuates all her curves to the fullest, is a sight to behold.
Retro swimwear has many influences such as the 1940’s and the 1950’s pin-up styles, vintage Victorian, rockabilly and more. Edgy and sexy are usually the goals designers aim for when trying to re-create the sultry past of retro swimwear.
Esther Williams, one of the best loved pin up girls in the 1940’s, was an Olympian swimmer and actress. After she became a mother her interest in business blossomed, helping her create and distribute classic retro swimwear based from her era. Her business is a strong empire today, being sold in many vintage pin-up shops. She caters to plus-sized women and works to design bathing suits that older women will feel comfortable and elegant in. Some well known online boutiques that carry Esther’s classic styles are Modcloth and Dillenger Pin-up. Both websites offer extensive variety for pin-up and rockabilly fashion.
Across the North Atlantic Ocean, a small British shop has opened it’s doors to the glamorous world of retro swimwear. For Luna Swimwear has a simple collection but offers many varieties of suit models, colors, and designs for their adorable retro swimwear collection. For Luna offers more Lolita tastes with ruffles, polka dots, and even sailor themed swimwear
Handmade high wasted swim bottoms and full bikini tops, made to handle ample curves, is what SugarDoll specializes in. Located on the sandy shores of California, Shay (the mastermind behind the stunning retro swimwear on the SugarDoll website) is busy personally sewing her amazing two piece bathing suits. Her small but saucy collection of bikini bottoms and tops are fashion staples, articles of swimwear that can’t be ignored to a true pin-up girl with a vintage soul. SugarDoll’s items are top quality, making them worth every penny.