On The Search For The Perfect Retro Bathing Suit: Part 3

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LADIES!! It’s that time of the year again… MY ANNUAL! And by that, I mean my annual retro bathing suit hunt! If you are one of the many homegirls trying to find that special vintage swimsuit for the upcoming Sean Kingston season, you’ve come to the right place! I have lurked up and down and all around to find the cutest suits so hopefully I can be of service. BTW, have you come to terms with the fact that I will always correlate summer/piña coladas/sunbathing/tropical/desert getaways with the sweet melodies of Sean Kingston’s music?! Just be lucky you don’t have to hang out with me in the real life where “Take You There” sneaks up in a Blondie mix while we are driving or I regularly greet you with a “Wata Gwan!”

ANYWAY, let’s get down to business already. As you can see our style icon this year is none other than ANNETTE FUNICELLO! When I was a mini-Rie-Rie, I LOVED the Beach Party movies of the 60′s with Frankie and Annette. Especially Back to the Beach! Annette is just so charming and fun…and not to mention, brunette! Trying to mix things up from the blonde babes I chose the past couple of years. Sidenote: I need this record of hers right away!!!

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Alright, enough with these sidetracks of life! Let’s get to the suits!

prettyinprints

One new thing I noticed on my hunt this year was that there was quite an amount of patterned suits. From flowers to tiki, and plaid to polkadots, we have a good variety of prints to choose from. I adore this Esther Williams Lotus Garden suit from Dillinger Ink. The bright colors just pop against the black. Imagine a giant-rimmed sunhat and HUGE sunglasses with that. FABULOUS. If you want to get those summer hunks to see spots, the Jantzen Vamp Blue Polka Dot Suit is especially darling because it has that eyelet trim on the bust. You can get that at Popina Swimwear.

naughtical

Every year I have to find the best nautical suit! I kept seeing the cute ones from last year until I found this adorable one by What Katie Did on Mio Destino. The details are sharp, the cut looks flattering, and it also comes in a two-piece! I love how it really looks uniformy. I would serve some sailors more than just refreshing drinks in that lil’ numba. WINK. HALLOW FLEET WEEK.

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Turquoise is my all-time favorite choice for a solid color bathing suit. It’s a shade that can look great on almost everybody! This Venetian Blondes Turquoise Blue suit by Broad Minded Clothing is beautiful. From Babygirl Boutique.

animal instinct

Animal prints are another classic choice. Get your leopard on with this 50s Leopard L’amore halter style bathing suit from Lolita Girl Clothing. If you remember, that is where I had found my #1 leopard print choice for last year’s search! This L’amore suit is actually a two-piece. The zebra style is hot too! It’s an Esther Williams one-piece that you can find over at Dillinger Ink.

candystriper

Red and white, candy cane stripes are my top choice for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! This is the Double Cutie Retro two-piece swimsuit from Lady K available at Get Go Retro. I am in LOVE!!!

bluebelbet

The classic Esther Williams swimsuit also comes in a nice blue belbets color. I love me some blue belbets. It’s so classy and swank. No wonder they styled it with those gloves! You can have a tea party by the pool in that suit! Available at Mod Cloth.

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Oooh la la! Now you can look like a walking vintage Barbie!! You better have the right kind of boob game to sport this lil’ number but if you can pull it off without looking like the mayor of Sagtown….MORE POWER TO YOU MY SEXY SISTA! This shit is CUTE!!! Heads will turn FO SHO. From Get Go Retro.

Tell me what you think of these! ALSO: No flip flops allowed when you wear these if possible. I want to see you in a sexy wedge or a practical, by-the-pool high heel. If you are on the beach I think a nice cork-heeled wedge will do. Am I going to have to do a separate footwear post for this? You tell me. Actually scratch that, I WILL ’cause I don’t know if I trust you…And don’t even try to trick me with some sort of compromise. Meaning: NO PLATFORM FLIP FLOPS ALLOWED! DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Sorry if I’m being harsh but this is for your own good. OK. Now, let’s do the twist:

Oh look, I made you this mini-mix too! It gets me even more in ~the mood.~ Tell me if you like it! I’ll be back with the shoe post tomorrow. DON’T MOVE.

♥ Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums ♥
♥ When I’m With You – Best Coast ♥
♥ Swim – Surfer Blood ♥
♥ When I’m Gone – Vivian Girls ♥
♥ Feel It All Around – Washed Out ♥
♥ So Bored – Wavves ♥

Beach Blanket Bingo by agentlover

44 comments

1 PixelHazard { 04.15.10 at 12:23 am }

Oh I love retro swimsuits but they are always so expensive!

2 Noora { 04.15.10 at 1:52 am }

I fell in love with the blue Wkd sailor swimsuit!

Luckily I have already found The One:
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/nautical-retro-swimsuit-plus.html
It gives me great self-confidence to walk between those size 2 girls in my fabulous size 2X!

I also recommend cheking out this:
http://vintage.suitsbymary.com/
Cute retro swimsuits and playsuits too!

3 Rowanna { 04.15.10 at 2:21 am }

I was also looking for the perfect retro bathing suit. Specially since I’m a little selfconcious about my weight. But, as pixieHazard says, they’re expensive! SO, being a bit crafty, i’ve decided to make this: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/cindy

4 Ellie Di { 04.15.10 at 5:44 am }

I need me a retro-cut suit, too, auntie! I would totally rock that thing.

5 Rachael { 04.15.10 at 8:01 am }

I have my retro bathing suit from Dillinger Ink
The red with white polka-dots one-piece:
http://tinyurl.com/lxzgep
I love it <3

6 Ashe Mischief { 04.15.10 at 8:05 am }

Thank you for sharing the Modcloth, because they make the swimsuits for the chubby water lover, like me! :D

7 Eli { 04.15.10 at 10:44 am }

search on ebay for victorias secret retro, like me, they had some cute retro bathing suits a while back. otherwise I would go with modcloth

8 mary { 04.15.10 at 11:44 am }

I love that turquoise one. It’s sold out though!

9 Mace Elaine { 04.15.10 at 12:01 pm }

I love the bathing suits but all I can think about is how great Annette Funicello’s eyebrows are. DAMN.

10 Tiffany { 04.15.10 at 1:10 pm }

That blue velvet number makes me wanna huff some amyl nitrite at night in the cuzzi.

11 Angelique { 04.15.10 at 4:34 pm }

Oh damn, I WANT that turquoise suit…

12 Anastasia { 04.16.10 at 1:59 am }

I have the Esther Williams brand 2 piece bikini in the plain black and it is to die for. I have never had a bathing suit fit so amazingly.

Also a friend of mine has the one piece in the same brand (in the leopard print…reow) and again she has raved on and on about them.

x

13 Alice { 04.16.10 at 4:22 am }

I recently bought a Sue Rice tankini and it is awesome! Super flattering and very supportive with a little bit of retro styling thrown in.
http://www.suerice.com.au/itemview/3899-9012L/IO-130

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15 jesika { 04.19.10 at 10:06 am }

i love the animal print ones… the zebra should be on my bod STAT. the barbie suit is also freaking fabulous.

oh annette… so curvacious <3 i have never seen such a freaking drop-dead bombshell as her in a black swimsuit.

16 plus size girl { 04.22.10 at 5:24 am }

I’ve been looking for a retro swimsuit for ages – they look amazing on bigger girls like me. That has put me in the best mood ready for summer thanks xx

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18 The Well-Appointed Catwalk { 04.22.10 at 12:15 pm }

I’m so, so happy that retro swimsuits – especially one pieces – are having a moment. They make me feel so much better about myself on those days I just don’t feel like prancing around in a string bikini. (And I’m guessing everyone has those days, no matter their body type.)

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22 Naka { 04.22.10 at 3:24 pm }

I love the swimsuits and What Katie Did :p

i want a retro bathing suit so badly now :p

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34 Zara { 04.25.10 at 3:44 pm }

I have the cutest bathing suit. and i never realized it looked retro. I guess now i have to dig it out make sure it still fits!

35 Laura Connell { 04.26.10 at 5:57 pm }

That leopard print one has to be mine!

36 Jennifer { 04.27.10 at 1:08 pm }

I love the naughty nautical swimsuit, the only drawback I get when I shop for a swimsuit is that I am very limited in my choices. I wish all shops did swimsuits for bigger chested-girls.

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38 Jenni { 04.27.10 at 4:40 pm }

I love these! That leopard print one is amazing. I have a red retro style one piece…. but I’m looking for an new suit for this year… I might have to take a chance on a leopard print one!

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42 Monike { 06.29.10 at 3:01 am }

HELP! I’m desperately trying to find that striped retro bathing suit and can’t find it ANYWHERE! =( I really really need that bathing suit and its not on the go get retro site. Anyone know where I can find it?

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