Vintage swimsuits are so beautiful to see on the beach…Or by the pool…Or in the backyard! Pretty much anywhere it’s legal to bare flesh (reminder to those of us in Middle-Eastern locals! ;) )
I went on the search for a vintage 50s style swimming costume…That’s right; a one-piece. I hadn’t worn a one-piece since, well since I was about 9…In fact I literally have a picture on the last one-piece I’ve ever worn
But I knew I would search for the right one until I found it.
And find it I did!
Thank you to Debenhams! Surprisingly, I found the one I was searching for in Debenhams. I rarely shop in this store. I pick up some nice homewards, such as bedding etc sometimes in here but never clothing.
But I knew, they often stock bathing suits for older women, and this meant, one pieces had to be there!
As I approached the bathing costume isle/section/cluster of racks, I held my breath as I poked my head around the corner – Hurrah! One pieces, and not just any ol’ one-pieces…Retro-looking ones!
I tried on a couple and although I saw a nice looking two-piece bikini set, still in he 50s vibe/decoration; I stayed true to my plan and opted for the one-piece.
It’s not that flattering on the bottom though. I don’t have a particularly massive bottom, but it is not very flattering, clings to the wrong parts and is too tight around the bum cheek areas – pulling in he material to emphaise the unflattering parts. But the front makes up for it.
Having a smaller bust and being of a pear-shaped nature, I always opt for low-rise jeans, for boot cut trousers, I seldom use belts around my hips and emphasize the smallest part of a women – the waister just below the boobs. I use a thin belt around this area.
I stick to my body shape rules because that’s what we muss do – know our boundaries ad rules and obey them.
But this costume breaks my rules. And as that seems to be the general rule of the 50s swimsuit, the break the body shape rule…It seems my rule WAS meant to b broken.
Anyway, back to my point about the front making up the it – having a smaller busy, I usually opt for two-piece bikini’s, the triangle ones. Usually with padding if I can! Tis one-piece answered my padding dreams!
Not only did it give me padding, it gave me the tie that comes from the front and wraps around the neck – pulling the breast area up…Perfect for smaller busted ladies who happen to be pear shaped – we need a little balancing out sometimes.
The colour is wonderful, red and white polka dots!
I turned around and saw a gorgeous sun hat…Not just any sunhat…A J-Lo looking massive retro kinda sunhat! With a small thing brown belted details on it.
It had to be mine!
I said out loud “I must wear this to the beach with large sunglasses and be Coco Chanel!”
Now Summer is coming…(I feel like a non-Stark…Winter is Coming…Game of Thrones reference to those of you that watch it…And those of you who don’t…Get out.)
…Just kiddin’ :)
Now that the temperature is heating up, sun hats are important, so is sunscreen – check out my post on fake tans.
I will not be sunbathing for a tan, I’ll fake-it-up if I want a glow. But I pictured myself relaxing with a good book, and that large sunhat and it makes me happy :).
There are so many gorgeous 50s inspired swim suits out there right now! I’ve put together a little visual candy for you below!