I’ve got a pool party penciled in on the calendar, and my faded string bikini has definitely seen better days. That means I’ve got to find a new cute swimsuit — pronto. Problem is, buying a bathing suit is the shopping equivalent of riding a Tilt-a-Whirl after eating a giant funnel cake. I’m anxious before and slightly queasy after.
Luckily, I have one thing working in my favor this year: the retro-inspired 1960’s style swimsuit. With beach fashion embracing sweetheart necklines, polka dot prints, and high-waisted bottoms, these types of suits are really on-trend. The vintage vibe is all about flattering the figure, which makes the idea of trying on swimsuits sound almost bearable.
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While the skimpy bikini may have been the “it” swimsuit in the past, vintage-loving girls like Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry have helped make this more modest (but still super sexy) style popular again. The reasons to love retro swimsuits are endless, but the best reason is that the 1960s style looks ah-mazing on a variety of body types. I may not have a curvy, pin-up girl frame, but a high-waisted bottom or slight tummy ruching can definitely help me channel my inner Bettie Page. Plus, retro style embraces kitschy, carefree fun — and really, isn’t that what summer is all about?
Excited to try the new retro trend, I checked in with celebrity stylists Keylee Sanders and Holli Kingbury for tips and tricks on how to wear these adorable suits. Keep clicking to get their expert advice and see the 13 best retro swimsuits of the season.