Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Vintage Swimwear Trends for Spring/Summer 2013

Vintage swimwear is all about feminine allure and flattering shapes, whether you have a svelte figure to die for or killer curves. Ted Baker’s Seaside Stripe set is an excellent example of retro swimwear that Grace Kelly and Marylin Monroe would have made a heart-stopping impression in.

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Nautical striped fabric lends the Seaside Stripe Goshen bikini a coquettish playfulness – the kind that tilts its head, winks an eye and chirps, “Hello, sailor!” – while a hanging beach ball embellishment and bowtie, branded clasp maintains an innocent and lighthearted air.  This bandeau bikini hugs the bust while fixed padding, along with an attractive halter tie, provides lift and support. 

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For complete vintage appeal, round off the set with Ted Baker’s Seaside Stripe Cecille high waisted bikini bottoms. The nostalgic swimwear flattens your stomach for a flattering and comfortable fit that simultaneously ensures a good amount of coverage. 

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Red or Dead’s Night Garden bikini set is similarly laden with pinup appeal. A 50s inspired bandeau bikini top with wide halter ties benefits from a kitsch garden print that makes the two-piece blossom with style. The skirted mid-waist brief exudes the authenticity of vintage swimwear, teaming chic coverage with a feminine cut that makes blithe, beach-loving fun a head-turning event.

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If swimsuits are more your style, Seafolly’s sophisticated Goddess Boyleg Maillot ebbs with glamour. This one-piece retro cut swimsuit has been designed to bring out your inner Jeanne Crain, hugging your curves and drawing the eye to the ruching on the body and twist detail at the bust. Soft cups and interior gripper tape keeps your feminine allure under wraps, helped by wide halter straps that also add to the overall style of the piece. If the cut of this swimsuit is appealing but you’re looking for a patterned alternative, consider Sunseeker’s Havana Stripe.

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For some women, the spirit of Bridget Bardot has been waiting patiently all year to emerge in her sun-kissed, tousled haired, petulantly pouty glory. French Connection’s Bow Tie bikini features a butterfly fabric print in retro hues, and although the bandeau top looks daring at first glance, the top doesn’t rely solely on your feminine charm to keep it in place. Smooth, built-in cups provide support while adding to the elegance of the top and an elasticated back allows for a snug, comfortable fit.  A knotted tie at the front conveys Bardot’s sense of risqué abandon without compromising the overall refinement of the swimwear. Add emphasis to the ensemble with French Connection’s Butterfly Bikini Bottom, which features adjustable beaded ties to the side and a low-profile design that is ideal for the coming heatwave.

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If all this talk of swimwear is conjuring up feelings of youthful buoyancy and images of dribbling ice creams spattering sweetly onto golden-baked beaches, why not express your optimism through these retro-styled, vibrant offerings from Piha, Pistol Panties and Red or Dead?

All bikinis and many more besides can be found here, at Surfdome.com

(This post was brought to you by Surdome.com)


  1. Some very beautiful swimmer.

    X x

  2. This swimwear does look flattering and feminine. I like the black swimming costume.

  3. Oooh how much is the black Seafolly one do you know? WANT!!


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