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Bettylicious – Beautiful and Beach-Ready Looks

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Beautiful and Beach-Ready Looks from Bettylicious

Gorgeous gals the world over can find the perfect retro swimwear at one small online shop: Bettylicious.



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From vintage one piece swimsuits to retro high waist bikinis, this UK swimwear store has got the entire range of pin-up worthy pieces for the beach or pool. They’re constantly updating with new 1950’s-inspired prints and patterns to suit everyone’s favorite vintage style.



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Pin up girls who are ready to hit the tropical sand and surf can find beautiful floral and palm tree prints in vintage one piece or bikini suits. The more reserved bathing beauties will love solid color swimsuits in navy, red, emerald, or black, just to name a few!



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Bettylicious specializes in Esther Williams‘ designed swimwear so you know you’re getting the authentic 1950’s style for a look that is fabulous and flattering. Classic red cherry prints by Girlhowdy add a fun flair for simple sunbathing or a popular pool party. Rockabilly swimsuits are available by Esther Williams as well, in rocking prints like black and white checkers and pastel gingham.



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One of the best parts about shopping for retro bikinis at Bettylicious is the ability to browse and buy bikini tops and bottoms separately. This allows every pin up girl to select different sizes for bust and hip measurements to ensure a fit that is absolutely perfect. Retro one piece suits come with built-in tummy control to flatter every waistline for that photo-worthy pin up silhouette at sunset.



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Built-in bra cups and side stays keep everything in place while you’re having fun in the sun. Best of all, if your dream swimsuit doesn’t fit, Bettylicous offers free returns within the UK. No worries! Betty just wants to make sure you adore your vintage swimsuit!



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For the 1950’s style bargain hunter, Bettylicious’ sale page is always running clearance sales and promotions in select styles and sizes. These bombshell bikinis and one piece suits sell fast, so it’s best to check back often to see the latest sale items. They even offer fun promos, such as 10% off your next purchase for writing a product review. So before hitting the beach, make sure to hit Bettylicious for vintage swimwear in classic 1950’s style!

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Black Cat Bikinis Breathes New Life into the Vintage Game

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Black Cat Bikinis Breathes New Life into the Vintage Game

Black Cat Bikinis is a retro and custom swimwear boutique in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The company is the brainchild of Joanna Borres, who has lived in sunny Florida her whole life. Despite the ubiquity of retro swimwear and bikinis in Florida, Borres could never find one that fit her properly. She was tired of always having to get her swimsuits altered, so she decided to start making her own.

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Borres believes that all women are beautiful, and she loves creating bathing suits that make them feel beautiful. An accomplished designer, she creates all of her patterns from scratch, and she is more than willing to draw up new patterns for customers whose figures demand it.

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Black Cat Bikinis sells its own line exclusively. The tops and bottoms are sold separately to ensure that both pieces fit perfectly. The bikinis are not inexpensive, though the prices are more than reasonable for high-quality custom-made swimwear.

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Borres is a truly gifted designer. Unlike other vintage-inspired brands, Black Cat Bikinis’ swimsuits are legitimately sexy. The bottoms are high-waisted and come down over the upper thighs, and the tops are full-coverage. Very little skin is on display, but the swimwear are so purely fun that the move toward modesty barely registers.

 

The one-pieces are equally sexy, with plunging necklines and eye-catching patterns. Full-figured ladies will be thrilled to learn that a fair amount of Black Cat Bikinis’ bathing suits feature underwire construction. Borres takes advantage of her larger canvases by using fabrics with large prints and uncommon colors.

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Even the cover-ups from Black Cat Bikinis are sexy. These are not the typical ponchos and over-sized t-shirt dresses. These cover-ups are flirty skirts with wrap-around closures and thigh-high slits up the sides. Black Cat Bikinis is one of the only beach brands to produce cover-ups that do not hide curves under loose fits.

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Borres and her team make all of the swimsuits to order, so delivery takes up to 4 weeks. As a perk, Borres is happy to alter all swimsuits if they do not fit perfectly. All orders should be placed via the website. Other vintage brands make bikinis for coy, winsome women. Black Cat Bikinis is for women who have modern sensibilities but are not done justice by contemporary swimwear trends.

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Sugar Doll – Sweet and a little punky retro swimwear

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Sugar Doll – Sugar Doll – Sweet and a little punky retro swimwear

Hard work pays off, and now, Sugar Doll is making a mark in the retro and vintage world.

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The shop’s humble beginnings began on Myspace and led to a boutique shop on Etsy. Now it functions as an online independent retro and rockabilly swimwear store. The designer of the shop, Shay, knew she wanted a fashion career but she wasn’t sure what exactly. Before her online ventures, she started her career designing bikinis and lingerie for exotic dancers. Now her shop focuses on fun and flirty designs and consists only of retro inspired swimsuits and halter tops.

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Sugar Doll pieces have the perfect mix of contemporary and vintage style. The tops and bottoms, which can be mixed and matched, come in classic patterns, such as stripes, animal print and gingham. High quality materials, like lace and heart-shaped buttons, are placed with purpose. This swimwear collection is fun for every rockabilly beauty or girly girl of all ages.

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Even though this retro swimwear line is not as revealing as most two piece bathing suits, something about them still scream sexy. The combination of high waisted bikini bottoms and halter tops accentuate a woman’s assets, and together they allow women to look and feel confident.

High-waisted bathing suits are flattering for most bodies, since a woman’s stomach is flattened and most midsection imperfections are hidden. Women who appreciate the fun and flirty retro style make this style of swimwear look good. You have to embody the pinup and retro persona in order to pull these swimsuits off.

The shop has a small collection, which allows anyone who purchases items from this store to own something unique. The creativity behind designing just bikini tops, bottoms and halter tops is masterful, so without a doubt, keeping this collection to a minimum was deliberately done. The small selection available in the store keeps the designs and pieces cohesive.Anyone can tell the designer aims to please a specific audience.

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If you are a woman who is inspired by retro and vintage fashion, Sugar Dolls Retro and Vintage swimwear deserves a spot in your closet. If pinup clothing is your go-to look on a daily basis, what you wear to the beach or pool should be no different.

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Retro Swimwear – Vintage Swimsuite, Pin Up Bikinis and more

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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.

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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.

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