Summer Lovin Retro Swimwear

Well if this weather in the UK keeps up, we’ll have to turn up the heating, throw a towel on the carpet and sunbathe under the lampshade. Option two is to throw some salt in the bath and pretend we’re floating in the cool water of the sea, away from the heat of the fierce sun. On the off chance that we may see some summer (or perhaps you’re ditching the idea of a staycation and leaving on a jet plane) then you may need some new swimwear.

Now usually, it’s not always easy to find vintage inspired swimwear, but with the fifties being oh so popular right now, it's probably never been easier. If you are going in to salty or chlorinated water then non-vintage really is the way to go. If you fall in love with a 80s swimsuit, it may be able to take that kind of punishment - *maybe* anything older than that and you’re probably heading for heartache and trouble……. 

So if you do hit the shops both 'real'ones and online, here's what you can find to retro up your summer.

George, Asda: £12 This is a bargain!!! It's so 50s I like a bargain but I can't believe this is only £12!

New Look: £14.99 (was £19.99)

New Look: £21.99 

Boux Avenue: £38

Amazon, Red or Dead: £53. 20 (RRP £70)

What Katie Did: £67.50

Kiss Me Deadly: Bikini Bottoms £42. Bikini Top £42 

So go for bold prints, polka dots, nautical stripes, red, white, blue...... the options are endless but fortunately swimwear is one of those summer pieces that you can normally find something to suit your budget. The choices can feel limited at the lower end, but supermarket chic could be your saviour. They've really up the stakes this year in my opinion, so when you're shopping for your sun lotion (or woolly tights if this weather stays) then swing the trolley through the clothes aisles and take a look. If your budget is at the higher end then it's well worth taking a browse through the entire What Katie Did range. The Kiss Me Deadly range , whilst completely out of my budget is just a feast for the eyes!

Above all enjoy releasing your inner pin up girl, glamour goddess or beach diva BUT don't forget your sun protection! Of all the suits we'll ever own, our birthday suits are the most important ones! 


  1. There are some lovely bits out there atm :)

  2. Good old Asda and Matalan. I LOVE those 1 pieces and might invest. Funnily enough quite a few of my 'high steet staples' that I mix with vintage come from those two shops (and Jane Norman, which has some sly '50s bombshell' bits in between the dresses which could pass as boob tubes).

  3. These are great finds- even Bravissimo is on trend for those of us who can't really do 'off the peg' swimsuits with a 50s inspired floral halterneck suit. All we need now is the sunshine!!! (Or an aircraft) xXx

  4. I adore that lemon (I think they're lemons...) two-piece suit. Being from a small town in the USA we don't have access to very fashionable swim wear. I just love the suits you have chosen to blog!

  5. Nice post!
    I love retro style and especially swimwear! I have my own blog about them, feel free to check it out!
    my high waist bikini


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