Swim: Retro CHiC

Dolce & Gabbana Striped bandeau bikini - $660
{Dolce & Gabbana Striped Bandeau Bikini | net-a-porter.com}

It’s OFFICIAL… Summer has arrived!  In the shadow of Memorial Day, the search is on for a CHiC swimsuit to make me look extra cool poolside while I watch the thermostat rise, rise, rise!  Since you may be in the same boat, I thought I’d take you along as I navigate the waters {no pun intended} of swimsuit shopping.  I’ve planned a series of posts to hit some of the hot swimwear trends of 2013, but I had to start with my forever favorite ~ Retro CHiC!  After seeing Kate Upton on the June cover of Vogue, I did a mini-dance and celebrated this trend that has never really left, in my book.

The figure-flattering look harkens back to the bombshell beauties of bygones past and will give you an old-Hollywood-glam attitude.  While most of these suits are designer pieces {with the accompanying designer price tags!}, they’ll give you an idea to take with you as you seek out your own vintage beach look.  Here are a few classic retro-swim hallmarks to keep in mind as you search:

  • High-waisted, belly-taming bottoms;
  • Cinched-in waists;
  • Sweetheart and halter necklines;
  • Shirred sides that accentuate the waist and hips;
  • Fuller-cupped tops; and
  • Boy-legged bottoms

I had so much fun pulling this post together because I love just about every retro suit I came across.  Pair any one of them with some classic Ray-Ban Aviators and a fabulous hat {plus sunscreen, of course!} and you’ll take the pool by storm!

Kate Upton - June Vogue
{Kate Upton, June Vogue | Photographed by Mario Testino}
Kate-Upton---June-Vogue-Crop
{Kate Upton, June Vogue | Photographed by Mario Testino}
Clube-Bossa-Swim_
{Club Bossa Swim | clubebossa.com}
Huit Top and Bottom_
{Huit Swimwear 2013}
Lisa Marie Fernandez Poppy High-Waisted Bikini - $398
{Lisa Marie Fernandez Poppy High-Waisted Bikini | lisamariefernandez.com}
Adriana Degreas Hot Pants Silk Bikini - $470
{Adriana Degreas Hot Pants Silk Bikini | shopstyle.com}

All the suits below I pulled from Vogue’s fabulous “Dive In: 45+ Suits for Summer” spread.  It’s a super run-down of this summer’s hottest swimsuit trends to help you out in your own swimsuit quest.  {Photographer Marko MacPherson | Stylist Bill Laughlin}…

Prism St. Tropez Bikini Top and Hollywood Bikini Bottom
{Prism St. Tropez Bikini Top and Hollywood Bikini Bottom | prismlondon.com}
Eres Algebre Top and Alpax Bottoms
{Eres Algebre Top and Alpax Bottoms | eresparis.com}
Gossard Egoboost Plunge Bikini Top and Retro HighWaisted Shorts
{Gossard Egoboost Plunge Bikini Top and Retro High-Waisted Shorts | asos.com}
Thapelo Bibi Bandeau and Angie High-Waisted Briefs
{Thapelo Bibi Bandeau and Angie High-Waisted Briefs | nancymeyer.com}
Clube Bossa Feline-Print Twist Bandeau and High-Waisted Bottoms - $362
{Clube Bossa Feline-Print Twist Bandeau and High-Waisted Bottoms | clubebossa.com}
Baku Balconette Color-Blocked Bikini and High-Waisted Bottoms
{Baku Balconette Color-Blocked Bikini and High-Waisted Bottoms | asos.com}

Makes you want to grab your best friend and head to the beach in a retro two-piece {CHiC cover-up in tow, of course!}  Be a vintage vixen in a retro suit this summer and let me know if you opt for this trend!  Cheers to SUMMER!

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