Swimsuit time machine
We are so overwhelmed with swimsuit styles nowadays that it’s hardly possible to find their original fashion inspirations. In this fun trend report about vintage swimwear we reveal swimsuit styles starting from the 30s and going up to 00s and similar styles you can buy now. Have fun finding the decade that most suits you!
The beauty of the 30s swimsuits was that they highlighted the most beautiful and feminine parts of the body while at the same time disguising the problem areas- namely the thighs. Corsets and body type swimwear is not only retro but so in right now and this Wolf & Wistle ASOS costume brings back the 30s glamour. Available for £34/€40.
So who isn’t in love with the sexy pin up beach era? 1940s swimming suits were arguably the sexiest invented and not because they were the skimpiest- far from the truth; just very little skin was revealed but all in the right places. The trick was hiding the stomach, revealing the waist and showing some cleavage. For 2016 we have discovered this adorable mermaid swimsuit by Lazy Oaf from ASOS available at £58/€68.
If you love 1 piece swimsuits you are going to love the 50s as this decade was the fantasy land of 1 piece swimsuits. Primarily the function of the one piece swimsuits was to highlight the curves in all the right spots so they were corseted at the top and finished with figure styling A-line details to provide a silhouette to the thighs. We found the perfect 50s swimsuit from ASOS at £35/ €41.
If you are a freedom beach adventurer the 60s is your swimsuit era- bikinis are the only swimwear you should care about. Women in the 60s felt very comfortable revealing their skin on the beach as much as possible and even though the bikinis first appeared in the 40s it was really the 60s that they became popular in. We also can’t deny the psychedelic fashion vibes from the 60s which is why we chose this amazing Minkpink Color Me swimsuit from ASOS to celebrate the decade. Available at £45/€55
The swimwear freedom that started in the 60s blossomed in the 70s when swimsuits became very creative, revealing, sexy and arty at the same time. The swimsuit that best represents the 70s for us is this high wasted one piece crossover, which can equally be a two piece- a bottom and a top that looks like a scarf wrapped around. Available from ASOS at £35/€40
Neon colors, graphic shapes and high wasted bottoms (think Baywatch red swimsuits)- look perfect for athletic types but not so great for the rest of us which is why we focused on the essence of the 80s, namely the graphic shapes and prints which is exactly this swimsuit by Seafolly from ASOS. Available for £55/€62.
What we are all going to remember most about the 90s and the beach- is Baywatch, the epic series with Pamela Anderson and her iconic red one piece swimsuit which you can also buy a similar, 2016 version, from ASOS for £65/€73.
Tie dye and tanga is 100% bikini combination of the 00s! The beach experience of 00s was all about party on the beach as destinations such as Mykonos, Ibiza, Brazil, Malibu and Miami became more and more popular. You can buy your 00s swimsuit from ASOS for just £14/€17.