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

Shopping Alert: Vintage Style Accessories

The fabulous and stylish team over at have curated a collection of vintage style accessories.  Prices range from $10 – $500 so there is something for all budgets.

Personally I would take anything from Kate Spade but here is a little preview of some of the fun vintage style options they have for sale.

 Echo Touch-Screen Cheetah Bow Gloves
Elizabeth and James Fairfax Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Cooper Quilted Strap

Retro Reimagined

A fun trend that’s coming up recently is reimagining retro items into unique pieces of art.  From photography to jewelry these items will bring a splash of retro to your life in a cool, modern and standout way.

Doll Shoe Jewelry 

When I was a kid I would lament losing all those little tiny Barbie shoes but artist Sara Gallo managed to find them and create standout, one of a kind jewelry pieces.   Seriously, check them out.  How fab are they?  I want them all.

From Sara Gallo’s website: “The Doll Shoe Jewelry Series was created for unique and fashionable women. Each piece in the series is entirely handmade from fashion doll shoes in a variety of styles and colors.”

Retro Inspired Paintings

I discovered Lisa Zador, an artist with a thoroughly captivating retro style, through a sale and fell for the quirky fun of her paintings.  Celebrating vintage toys, fancy animal portraits and a touch of creepy fun her art is truly special.

Check out all the great art in her etsy shop:  Curious Portraits

Barbie Photo Prints

Everyone’s favorite doll and fashion icon is the subject of Paul Jordan’s collection of photo prints from Hamburg Kennedy.  From the streets of Europe to a beach in the 1960s, you’ll forget that she’s a plastic doll and get transported on her adventures. 

So what do you all think?  Would you rock doll shoe jewelry or feature some retro inspired art in your house?