I’ve decided to buy a new bathing suit this year. I have a few bikinis, but lately I’ve been really into the idea of a one piece. A one-piece doesn’t have to be boring or old lady-like, and you don’t need to wear one just because you have something to hide. The right one can be downright sexy, especially when it’s vintage-inspired. Think Marilyn Monroe or Esther Williams. Plus, sometimes you just want to hang out at the beach without worrying about your top falling off!
I’ve looked at hundreds of bathing suits over the last few days, and here’s a few of my favorite retro-inspired one-pieces.
top row, left to right: Anthropologie | Boden | Target
bottom row, left to right: Modcloth | Asos | Target
I’d pair my retro bathing suit with a giant floppy hat, metallic sandals, and of course some cat eye sunglasses (these are so fun with little sparrows along the top).
swimsuit: Anthropologie | hat: Target | sandals: Asos | sunglasses: Asos
For more inspiration, check out this slideshow of Miami’s bathing beauties from 1910-1969.
What do you think… would you wear a one-piece or are you a bikini girl forever?
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I thought when I moved to the west coast I’d be in a bikini, like all the time. But my most favorite swimsuit is a gray Norma Kamali one piece I won online. I like it so much sometimes I even wear it as a top with skirts and shorts!
(and I LOOOOVE Esther Williams!)
Here’s a photo of it on the lovely Liz from Late Afternoon: http://www.lateafternoonblog.com/2011/07/shiny-shiny.html
I love that one, Celeste! I bought the black one from Anthro so we’ll be almost twins. We should plan a vacation together :)
I love all of those! I’ve been thinking about one pieces too this year after seeing some cute ones online. I want the white with black polka dot one!
The polka dots are adorable, Ann!