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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Retro Swim Suits-Where to Buy and a Day at the Lake

As I wrote about in last Wednesday's post on the film Neptune's Daughter there
is a glamour in retro styles suits that simply can't be found in more modern swim wear, not to mention that the the swim ware of decades past is far more flattering for most women then modern offerings.  So were can you find the vintage style swim wear of your dreams?  Luckily there are plenty of sources.  Here are 6 good ones

1) Esther William's Swim Wear 

These retro style suits  are inspired by the ultimate 1940s swimming sensation, and just as glamorous and flattering as the suits she wore.  They are also available in a wide range of sizes and have a reasonable mid-level price point.

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2) Pin Up Girl Clothing

This is another source for glamorous 1940s and 50s style swim wear in a range of sizes.     The prices are a bit higher then the Esther William's suits, but not by much, and the styles are perhaps even more period authentic.

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3) If 1920s and 30s style suits are more your style then you might want to check out Sarina Poppy on Etsy.  These suits are very authentic and quite modest.  The navy number below is the suit I hope I will be sporting next summer.  I love the striped detailing.

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4) If you are a 1950s fashion fan then Vintage Suits by Mary on Etsy may well have your dream swim wear.  She has a wide range of two piece and one piece suits.  My favorites are the Hawaiian prints with there adorable tikki appeal.

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5) If swim dresses are your style then Revamp Vintage is a good source. 

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6) One of my favorite repro companies, Jitterbuggin' with there great casual 1930s and 40s wares, makes lovely swim suits and sun suits.

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 My own swim suit, or more accurately sun suit, since its thick cotton appropriate for wading and not swimming, is from Jitterbuggin'.  My lovely husband gave me a Jitterbuggin' gift certificate for our anniversary and I decided to be brave and get their adorable two piece lobster print sun suit.   I haven't worn a two piece since I was in my early twenties, but I say we need to work to be comfortable with ourselves: lumps, bumps, rolls, wrinkles and all.  I wore my sun suit to the lovely Wawayanda state park in NJ.  Here are some pictures of our day:





  1. We have a new store by us that is so fun to browse and it made me think about you immediately.

  2. Wow, those must have been so fashionable back in the day
    Lily & Edward

  3. That lobster motif is a dorable. Love that last shot w/ the boat!

  4. Those are so cool! If I ever wore a swimsuit, it would have to be one of those!

  5. Your sun suit looks great on you! And what a splendid day at the lake.
    Cheers, Gail.

  6. Those are some great swimsuits! I could handle owning quite a few of those. I love the lobster sun suit that you chose, it suits you very well!

  7. So cute! Love that Jitterbuggin' one!

  8. What a handy, fabulously fun summertime post. I think that next year, I might save up in advance of summer and treat myself to a new swimsuit, particularly one from Revamp or someone else who does styles with a lot of coverage.

    Big hugs & happy Thursday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  9. How cool are those? Glamour by the pool. Love it. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  10. Those are nice looking swim suits. I would love to try wearing sun dresses.
    You look wonderful in your sun suit! Love that lobster print :-)

  11. That is so awesome, I love the swimsuits and suspect I may be 'shopping' for the rest of today. LOL

    You look great in your sunsuit!!


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