Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Favorite Trends of Summer ~ Retro Swimwear

In many parts of the world I know it is now Fall, here in the Bay Area we've been having record highs and Summer seems to be making a come back. Those who can, hit the beach.

This last season we saw some of the best retro swimwear in years. If three was ever a time to buy a swimsuit this was it. I know, I know, I hate it too. But look at the suits!

"In bathing before breakfast it is wise to take one's morning cup of tea or glass of milk, together with a biscuit or a slice of bread and butter, before starting out."
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889

And where do they get inspiration?

Something for Alexia.

Bathing Suit  late 1860s- early 1870s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Not that Alexia would ever bathe in public!

Something for Prudence.

"Bathing-dresses in this country have a last attained to the decorum and suitability so long absent form them, though possessed by most other nations. We are more seldom appalled now-a-days by the spectacle of a group of women attired in a loose blue serge garment devoid of form or shape, and producing an effect upon which one should prefer not to dwell."
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I've been dying to get a few of the fabulous retro suits over at pinup girl clothing. Nothing beats the 1940's and 1950's cuts for reliable coverage, and clothing mishap prevention when frolicking in the surf. I went to their website this morning, though, it it's misbehaving.


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