Five Retro-Style Bikinis to Wear in 2015

Fashion time capsule takes us this summer to the golden era of bikini, to the past time when women had fewer props to emphasize their attributes and conceal their shortcomings. They had been doing it masterfully nevertheless. To capture the vintage vibe present in the current designs, you’d have to know what to look in general to be spot-on.

Expert Tips

Here are some guidelines to follow when you’re out to pick the perfect old-times bikini:

1. Cute sweetheart necklines,
2. High-waisted bottoms and cups with full padding,
3. Color blocking, geometric styles and multicolored patterns,
4. Delicately gathered sides for hip and waist power-up and
5. Mini exposure and elegant cuts.
We offer you five picks of retro-looking swimsuits to consider if you want to rock it like the pin-up babes.

Classic Marylyn Reinvented

Most of us are familiar with the iconic look Marylyn Monroe sported in a beach photoshoot, the white one-piece with a tad of leg coverage. Designers took that one and made it into two-piece. The outcome combines structured and padded bikini crop tops and high-waisted larger bottoms. The original white is very common, but the novelty is the rich monochrome embroidery work.

Princess Grace

Hollywood darling Grace Kelly always carried that air of sophistication. No wonder she had married into royalty and is deemed to be among the most beautiful women ever. We envision her clad in modern apparel, a refined marine two-piece in solid blue with wide strips of white along the cleavage line and around the bottom piece. This one works magic with blonde hair!

Dr. No Doubt

Ursula Andress emerged from water right into our swimwear fashion corner. The unforgettable two-part bathing suit left the generations to constantly try and recreate the epic quality of the moment. Contemporary answer to this style would be simple, single-colored pieces with belt ornaments on the lower half and padded, bra-like medium strapped tops with simple ribbon embellishment.

Flirty Bridget

The French bombshell had conquered the hearts of many men with her killer figure and bold sense of style. To honor her beach dressing manner, go for flowery and vibrant patterns in brown and dirty rose. The upper half should be a demi-balconette with thinner straps and somewhat smaller than standard bottom with side butterfly tie-up. Don’t exaggerate with the skimpy aspect, or opt for the daring cuts with crazy prints.

Timeless Audrey

Nothing speaks vintage like the pin-up polka dot style even elegant Audrey Hepburn wore in her private beach sessions. It can be easily paired with flowing ruffles and simple details that won’t attract too much attention. Add your bottom a playful skirt impression with girly multilayered frill. Again, it is not recommended to max the effect with excessive material on both upper and lower half.

Seaside Goddess

Now that we have equipped you with comprehensive guide and pro selection of models, you can fit more easily into footsteps of all-time divas and shine at the beach.

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Comment by Tahitia Belle Fille on January 31, 2015 at 7:24am

Great list Sophie and I absolutely agree with all of those points, especially numbers 2 & 3! I'm still in love with the Vintage High Waisted Bikini Shorts and Bikini Tops that Pinup Girl Clothing was selling on the sight when I first became a PUG fan on account that they fit your description above almost to a tee!


Here's to hoping PUG restocks them for this summer :) Also I love the Timeless Audrey halter style ;)

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