came out of the changing rooms and absolutely nothing had changed
May 27, 2008
i haven’t had much need for a swimsuit since i was about twelve. i’m not a big fan of swimming and i’m pretty sure that it can be put down to the fact that throughout primary school we would visit the pool by our school once a month and proceed to wade our way through plasters, insects, and many other unidentified objects. ew? ew. however, this summer, L.A. calls and as a result i have been scouring the shops and the internet for the perfect swimsuit. one quick google into my search i was already drooling over the collection at Pin Up Girl Clothing. The Bettie Swimsuit in red and white polka dot is my personal favourite. Prices are $55-$72/€34-€45.
Esther Williams, filmstar of the 40s and 50s and member of the 1940 Olympic Swimming Team, now lends her name to a range of vintage inspired swimwear. There are a wide range of fabrics and styles on the website. prices are around the $79/€50 mark.
the main problem with vintage or vintage inspired swimwear is that the sizing tends to cater to the hourglass silhouette possessed by the likes of esther williams herself, and it’s risky ordering something on the internet if you’re unsure of the sizing. that’s where ebay (ebay USA, YOU ESS AY, not .ie or .co.uk, i must stress) comes in, with a wide range of vintage swimwear brands, some even homemade, the sizes vary a lot and good sellers will give precise measurements. some of the following items are listed as being unworn, however if you are unlike me in that you’re grossed out by the thought of used clothing or swimwear you might as well stop reading now-ish.
and one for the guys.
of course i’ve been really selfish and not linked to the ones i want. bidding wars are not my forte.
happy swimming, katie-lilga