And out of the water.
Esther gets my vote for most stylish 40s and early 50s star. I love the touch of whimsy in her outfits and the bold colors. One of her most interesting looks is in 1944's Bathing Beauty when she dons a Mexican style cape as a beach cover up:
Now, a cape may not be the first thing most people think of when it comes to beach ware, but on further examination Esther's cover up choice proves to be fairly practical. A cape is easy to take on and off, provides good protection from the sun, covers a bathing suit modestly, and depending on fabric drys easily. I've always had Esther's cape in my mind as the ideal beach cover up. Which Is whyI fell in love with Guermantes Vintage's rare 1930s terry beach cape. It was my end of the school year, before summer school, splurge and I love it.
It has amazing anchor and sailboat details, as I've discussed before I love a nautical look. I decided to wear my cape for a trip to Sandy Hook beach in the Atlantic Highlands. This is my favorite beach because it's close to our home and has some relatively empty stretches.
As a bonus it has the adorable Zoe's Vintage Kitchen which has tasty and affordable food and adorable vintage decor. They have a yummy a cream cheese omelet, a special comfort dish for me because my late Dad made them.
I'm no Esther, and I failed to go to the beach in full makeup and perfect hair. So pardon my frizzy hair and lack of makeup in the following photos of the cape.
In case you are wondering my 50s style swim suit is from What Katie Did
I love my cape ! It's in great sturdy condition and totally washable. I can't believe it's over 80 years old!!! Now I'll be in perfect vintage style for all my summer beach adventures, minus the hair and makeup!