Be A Retro Goddess On The Beach This Summer

April 28, 2011 • Magazine, Vintage

There is a really famous picture of Marilyn Monroe on the beach in a white one piece halter-neck swim suit. Bettie Page had lots of shoots in bikini’s on the beach, not to mention the daring one piece leopard print suit she wore in one of the photos. This summer don’t you want to exude the sexiness and confidence that those vintage icons did? It’s all well and good wearing teeny tiny string bikinis if you have the body to match, meaning if you’re a 15 year-old girl or a string bean, and for most of women who don’t look like that, a retro style swimsuit or bikini could be the answer.

How the bottoms should fit:

The first thing you need to know is that you need to make sure that the rise of the leg is low and definitely you don’t want to show too much of your butt cheeks either. Make sure that they are also high rise on the waist, just below the belly button is my preference.

Also important is that the fabric be thick so that it isn’t see through when you put it on. The elastic at the waistband and at the legs shouldn’t dig in. Think Bridget Jones’ underwear with a slightly lower rise.

How the top should fit:

There should definitely be a structure to the bra section with a thick material and some sort of underwiring/strong elastic to make sure that your bust is held in place. You can go for halterneck or straps depending on your preference. I also like some padding to ensure that when coming out of the water I won’t get any embarrassing nipple moments. The best bikinis and swim suits out there look like they have a proper support bra with nice styling and a pretty fabric.

My favorite retro style options on the internet at the moment are:


1. Norma Kamali Bill Ruched Halterneck Swimsuit $350

2. J.Crew Drew Polka-dot Swimsuit $80


3. JETS by Jessika Allen Romance Gingham Halterneck Bikini Top $160, and Bikini Briefs $95

4. JETS by Jessika Allen Classique Polka-dot Halterneck Bikini Top $145, and Bikini Briefs $82

And since I’ll use any excuse to look at shoes here are my favorite retro styled shoes that would be great for strutting next to the pool or on the beach! When walking on sand, wedges are the best and comfiest options, and not to mention these are so great for just bringing a touch of summer to any outfit, even if you’re not by the pool.

5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren “Cecilia” Espadrille Wedge Sandals $69

6. Franco Sarto Shoes, Salem Espadrilles $79

—Angel Cutsforth

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