8 Retro Swimsuits to Rock This Summer

Date Wed, June 4 2014

retro swimsuits

Yes, it’s june! This means it’s almost summer. Are you excited? I’ve got my window open and my fan going, and I’ve already enjoyed some meat on the grill. The only thing left is to hop in the water — pool or pond, you decide!  Last year, I wrote a post about flattering swimsuits that would make any woman feel confident. This time around, I want to take a different angle. The suits on this list are perfect if you love the retro look, which we all know I’m into lately!

Slimming and Sexy

The first suit on this list is also readily available and super affordable. When I was browsing, I found tons of positive reviews for Catalina swimsuits, which you can find at your local Walmart. Some styles are only available online, though. The Suddenly Slim suit is slimming so it could just as easily gone in my previous post. It features a sweetheart neckline, ruching, lower thigh cut and thick halter that both add to the retro look. Plus, you can get it in zebra stripes or several different polka dot options so you’ll feel like a pinup. Add a floppy hat or some oversized sunglasses and you’re good to go.

Showing Your Wild Side

Rebel Circus has a ton of items fit for a pinup goddess, and swimsuits are among them. The Bettie Leopard Retro Swimsuit incorporates bold colors and a leopard-skin pattern into a monokini complete with a feminine bow on the front. The design makes it look like a tankini, but it’s actually not. Match your lipstick to your swimsuit and you’ll be swimming in style! Available in sizes small through 2x.

And Then Sun One-Piece Swimsuit in Sunray

And Then Sun One-Piece Swimsuit in Sunray

Chevrons in the Sun

The And Then Sun One-Piece Swimsuit  from ModCloth featuring bright yellow hues and diagonal white-and-blue chevrons. It’s definitely reminiscent of the suits of the 60s, when they weren’t afraid to use color. A built-in bra provides support while boning in the suit keeps you look your best. Sizes XS to XL. Rebel Circus has the same suit up to size 2X. ModCloth carries the same piece with a banana print instead of yellow, and you can also find a one-piece blue-and-white chevron suit with a navy bow.

Beautiful with Butterflies

Hot Topic isn’t some place where I’d normally buy swimsuits, but if you’re svelte, you can rock the Buttefrly Polka Dot Monokini. With cutouts, you can show plenty of skin! The white polka dots on blue pattern toward the top is definitely vintage, and the suit is designed to look “tied” in front just like my mom used to do in her youth.  It ties twice in back — once at the neck and around your waist — and the bottom portion of the suit consist of a fun butterfly pattern.

Sophisticated 60s

The Dots and Yachts One-Piece mesh swimsuit is a little different than everything on this list. It’s not a halter. Gasp! It’s a monokini with a sweetheart neckline and dotted mesh material around the shoulders. It might be a little more modern than some of the style I’ve discussed here, and the look is definitely sophisticated.  A faux belt is the perfect way to show off your tiny waist! Figleaves sells a similar suit in sizes 8 through 20.

Anchors Away

There’s nothing more retro than dressing like a sailor, is there? That’s why I have to talk about Torrid’s Anchor print tankini, which features a thin halter and cups designed to flatter your breasts even when you’re in the water. I keep coming back to this suit even though I’m not a huge fan of the nautical theme.  I think its the size of the anchors, which are smaller and not overly distracting.

Cherries on Top

Now, you know that no vintage swimsuit post would be complete without some cherries. It’s too sweet to pass up — ha! ModCloth offers two: the ruched, halter monokini with modest thigh cut and a halter with ruffled skirt. They actually have different cherry prints so you can buy one or both. We’re not here to judge! The skirted version is available up to size XL, while the other runs between sizes 2 and 16 and has hundreds of 5-star reviews! There’s are a matching bikinis to go with both suits: the  cherry bikini with ruffles and a ruched bikini.

High Tides and High Waists

Many suits mimic sailor uniforms. The Transmarine Dreams One-Piece Swimsuit from ModCloth is one such suit, which has a high-waisted blue bottom and white halter with red and blue detailing. There are six anchjor buttons leading down from the empire waist. Ninimour sells several similar bikini styles on Facebook in various colors. You’ll also find high-waisted bikinis without the sailor theme. Several adorn the top with adorable bows, and there are plenty of stripes and polka dots, too.  Playful colors and decorative details make these bikinis so desirable you might want to buy one for every day of the week!

Would you wear any of the suits in this post?


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One Response

  1. Dede June 7 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    I love the slenderizing suit in yellow with blue chevron. So pretty and it’s not something I would normally select for myself.

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