Summer Bucket List #6: Retro Beach Fashion

I love that so many retro fashions are in right now and that finally the trend has trickled all the way down to bathing suits. Bathing suits are the one item that I’ve never felt fully comfortable taking down the retro road alone, but with high-wasted suits and boy-short one pieces taking up residence at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, even Forever 21, it’s a lot easier to imagine sporting one on just a regular old beach day.

Here are just a few of the retro swimsuits catching my eye lately – and a couple that I’ve purchased as part of Summer Bucket List item No. 6!

Dolly Gingham Maillot from Anthropologie – It seems it’s already fall in Anthropologie land because their website says this suit is no longer available. But you can still find it on eBay — and maybe even for less money!

Dolly Gingham Maillot - Anthropologie

Most fashions at American Apparel tend to come with the caveat of weak construction, and in the case of bathing suits, the result is often that too little is left to the imagination. However, if you’re careful about your choices, you can find some great retro styles that still have a little modesty built in. Including these two styles (in melon and lemon, respectively — actually much classier than they look in the strange American Apparel photos), which I’ve purchased for Summer Bucket List Item No. 6.

Printed Nylon Tricot High-Waist Swim Brief - American Apparel

Nylon Tricot Halter One-Piece - American Apparel

UO Ruffle One-Piece Bathing Suit — Urban Outfitters actually has a number of retro styles in its swim collection this season, but this is my favorite. It’s so sweet and classic. And if you’re a little skittish about going full retro, this is a safe way to stay on the border between modern and vintage.

UO Ruffle One-Piece Bathing Suit

Beach Honeycomber One Piece from Mod Cloth – This is a great pattern in another retro, but modern, swimsuit. Mod Cloth has a number of classic retro styles that are  both playful and practical at the same time.

Beach Honeycomber One Piece - Mod Cloth

Of course, I’m still on the lookout for a truly vintage swimsuit. I’ve tried on a few and let me tell you, we’ve come a long way in swimsuit construction. It’s no wonder women took a little longer to jump on the surfing bandwagon. Still, I know, just like my favorite swim shorts — my dad’s from the ’70s! — I’ll find something that’s that perfect mix of vintage and modern.

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