Vintage & Vintage-inspired Swimsuits for Real Women

First, take a gander. After scrolling through all the gorgeous eye candy, I will do my best to convince real women (like me) to ditch the string bikinis and opt for more tasteful and stylish dressing for the beach or pool. Swimwear designers and companies like Jantzen are looking back to the 40s, 50s, and 60s for design inspiration.

According to a recent nytimes.com article by Stephanie Clifford:

“Brands are combing their archives in the hope that old clothing styles with a classic feel will assuage consumer anxiety in shaky times. With some Americans feeling as if they can’t trust government, Wall Street or big business, the brands are betting their heritage lines will evoke memories of better times — and help pry open shoppers’ wallets.

“We’ve been through a very unsettling time, and it’s when people are discontent with the present that they really start appreciating or having a nostalgia for the past,” said Nigel Hollis, chief global analyst for the market research firm Millward Brown. “Marketers are seeking to tap into that.”

Vintage-inspired swimsuit from Urban Outfitters

Vintage-inspired swimsuit from Jantzen

Vintage-inspired swimsuit from Urban Outfitters

Vintage 40s swimsuit from Glamoursurf.com

Vintage 40s swimsuit from Glamoursurf.com

Vintage 40s swimsuit from Glamoursurf.com

Vintage 40s swimsuit from Glamoursurf.com

Vintage 40s swimsuit from Glamoursurf.com

Vintage 50s swimsuit from Glamoursurf.com

When I wear a modern bikini, I feel like I’m parading around in my bra and undies. I don’t feel the slightest bit stylish or cute. To me, these vintage or vintage-inspired swimsuits are the epitome of elegance, taste, style, and modesty. I can’t see my daughter and the rest of her generation of young women adopting this look and that’s just fine with me — let them have their string bikinis, I want a little more coverage! And honestly, I’ve wanted it since I was about 20 — before I had kids, turned 40, or had a body greatly effected by gravity. I feel classier and prettier wearing a vintage or vintage-inspired swimsuit than hanging out all over the place.

Plus, I think they’re so beautiful that during the rest of year, I can see pairing a few of them with my skinny jeans or a pencil skirt and a vintage shrug.

Am I alone here?

Kami Gray

TV/Film Wardrobe Stylist & Personal Image Consultant: http://kamigray.com/

Author of The Denim Diet: Sixteen Simple Habits to Get You Into Your Dream Pair of Jeans

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