Love the retro look? We do too, and we think it works especially well in swimwear. From boyleg swimsuits and swimdresses to high-waisted bikinis, and from kitsch prints to retro colour blocking, there are so many ways in which the vintage aesthetic translates into today’s swimwear collections, offering you the choice of everything from a touch a retro inspiration to the full-on Marilyn Monroe-style glamorous swimsuit.
Here are some of our favourite retro styled swimwear styles on the market this summer.
One of our absolute fave retro swimwear retailers, For Luna’s collection includes designs from US vintage styled swimwear brand Esther Williams. We love this skirted front polka dot number.
Buy: Sizes 8-18, £65. For Luna.
Kiss Me Deadly
Boutique lingerie and swimwear brand Kiss Me Deadly offers vintage styling for femme fatales, and new this season is rather fabulous swimsuit in teal with petrol contrasts.
Buy: Sizes S-XL, £79. Kiss Me Deadly.
This adorably nostalgic swimsuit from Joules combines a vintage nautical print with a flattering retro front panel and cute frills. Flattering and on trend.
Buy: Sizes 8-18, £49.95. Figleaves.com.
Australian brand Seafolly’s best-selling Goddess range includes a retro boyleg maillot swimsuit, with a low leg and flattering ruched front panel. Perfect for those who like extra coverage or who just love the boyleg look.
Buy: Sizes 8-16, £84. Coco Bay.
South Beach’s parasol bikini mixes a kitsch print with nautical shades and a high-waisted vintage brief. It’s a bright, fun and affordable take on retro styling.
Buy: Sizes 6-16, top £15, brief £13.50. South Beach.
Nautical colours and retro go hand in hand, and together with classic colour blocking and the fold-over low leg briefs, this Huit bikini offers a contemporary take on a timeless look.
Buy: Top, 32-36 B-DD, £46. Brief, XS-XL, £37. Figleaves.com.