By the Sea: Vintage Bathing Suits

Grab your swim cap and towel and let’s go!

Summer is upon us again!  Whether your itinerary includes a beach side vacation or lounging by the pool you’ll need a stylish ensemble.  Check out these fun vintage inspired options for your next adventure.

Girls in swimsuits sip from a water fountain in New York, July 1948.

Check out the retro inspired swimwear from UK company For Luna Swimwear.

I love the pink stripes with navy sash of this swimsuit from Shabby Apple.  Also available in an several other color combinations.

Or if a two piece is more your speed check out this flirty black and white number with oversize bow top.

Unique Vintage has a fun selection of bathing suits and accessories including this adorable nautical inspired one-piece.

And if you want to really have a vintage experience, channel Esther Williams in a floral swim cap.

Finally add a little fun with some retro patterns from ModCloth.

Do you have a favorite?  Any other sites you recommend for vintage swimwear?


National Geographic, April 1930

A Hidden Gem for Vintage Lifestyles – Bramcost Publications

We love living a vintage-inspired lifestyle every day of the year. Sometimes, we even go hardcore vintage lifestyle. At those times we want to wear vintage, eat vintage (recipes), watch vintage (movies), make vintage (crafts), and listen (to) vintage (music). And we’ve found that some of the best sources for authentic guidance in the vintage lifestyle are publications from Bramcost. Covering every era from the 1800s to the 1960s, Bramcost Publications specializes in reprinting vintage materials. They offer a wide range of topics but many of their titles cover sewing, crocheting, knitting, and hairstyling of decades past.

Want to really feel like you are a Victorian beauty? Try Manual of Ladies Hairdressing for Students – Over 35 Authentic Victorian Hairstyles With Instructions by A. Mallemont. 

Have you been watching too much Mr. Selfridge (as seen on PBS – see earlier post)? Feeling the need to make your own Edwardian hat? You really must read Practical Home Millinery — Edwardian Hat and Veil 
Pattern Making, Techniques and Construction by Amy Reeve. Although, some of us just love the romanticism of Hope Chest — Vintage Wedding Guide to Preparing a Bridal Trousseau by Royal Society.

Our favorite, when we’re in a 1930s mood, is Make-Up — 1930s Beauty Instruction and Technique by Virginia Vincent. 

Feeling like the 40s? Beauty, Glamour & Personality — A Complete 1940s Guide to Vintage Makeup, Hairstyling and Elegance by Ern and Bud Westmore gets rave reviews from most web sites (Don’t believe us? Check out what people have to say on

If the 50s are more your style, then the Westmore’s also wrote the Westmore Beauty Book — A Complete 1950s Guide to Vintage Makeup, Hairstyling and Beauty Techniquesby Bud, Perc, Frank, Mont and Wally Westmore.

The best part: they have a blog focused on vintage tidbits, recipes, and free vintage patterns for crochet, sewing, and hairstyling. Talk about a delightful and fun-filled hodgepodge of vintage info! Although it’s currently on hiatus, they plan to revive the blog with all sorts of new posts in the fall. In the meantime, catch up on all of their previous posts. One of our favorites is the recipe for Stuffed Frankfurters from 1937.


What are your favorite vintage crafts or hobbies?