July 20, 2011

Vintage Bathing Beauties.

Actress Elsa Martinelli, 1955
Remember bathing suits before they got so porn-y? Nope, me neither. I mean I have nothing against a pretty girl in a tiny bikini, but I sort of love how sweet and demure 'suits were in the '50s before they gave way to the strings and the thongs and all the people who are ill-suited to wear them.

I found this Catalina brand swimsuit at The Hip Zipper last week (along with the perfectly worn-in Kurt Cobain flannel shirt and a midi-length tulip print skirt that I've worn three times already). Um, can I say I love this bathing suit? I know it's not for everyone but it is surprisingly so cute on--fitting more like a modern-day romper than a bathing suit. 

I've been on a vintage swim-themed online scavenger hunt tonight. I was going to post a bunch of pretty bathing beauty pictures, but I edited myself to just the one above and some links to click if you wanna: 

Vintage Swim Girls ('50s, '60s, '70s)
Really Vintage Swim Girls ('10s, '20s, '30, '40s)
Shop vintage suits herehere and here