I'm going to need a swimsuit or two! I've done a little bit of searching and there are quite a few repro alternatives out there. I'd rather have a repro than a actual vintage garment as I'll need something that I can wear and wash frequently without being worried about destorying a one of a kind piece of clothing. A lot of what I've been finding have been very alike - A lot of polkadots, cherries and plains in that classic 50s swimsuit shape. It would have been great with a little more versatility, but I'll gladly take any of these too. And most of these aren't what I would call budget friendly. *sad face* I found them on sites with different currencies but I'll post the USD equivalent for easier comparison.
ModCloth sells quite a few different ones, but they are cheaper if buy buy them directly from the official Esther Williams website. The links I will be providing are from a third site (Retrodress) which offers the cheapest price I could find, but I haven't taken shipping/handling fees into concideration and I have no personal experience with this shop.
#1: Esther Williams - Red Stripes Classic Seath $65
#2: Esther Williams - Cabana Heat Classic Seath $65
#3: Esther Williams - Splash Classic Seath $65
#4: Esther Williams - Wild Thing Classic Seath $65
#5: Esther Williams - Black with Red Polkadot Classic Seath $ 65
Retrodress has loads more EW bathing costumes (including two pieces), click here to go to their EW section.
You can't go wrong with a plain one, right? You can always add extra intrest with a few nice accessories if you find it a bit too bland.
#6: Modcloth - "I'll Take The Scallops One" $149.99 (Out of stock ATM)
Anthropologie - Cannes Maillot $148
I love this one, but the pricetag is not for me.
#7: Net-A-Porter - Norma Kamali/Bill Ruched Halterneck $606
The colour? Yay! The price? OUCH. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
#8: Lindex - Badedrakt rød $42
You can find Lindex in many countries in Europe. I wanted to try and find a retro looking swimsuit that I could actually try on in a store before buying it and this was the closest I got - A more modern twist on the classic. I don't think this is a winner in my book, but if I see it in person I will try it on. :)
#9: Ellos - Badedrakt med skjørt $59
Ellos is a online store available to some countries in Northern Europe. Ellos has a 50% discount for first time customers which would make this a option in the cheap end of the scale.
#10: Babygirl Boutique - Marilyn in Madrid red twist $42
Would love this one at that price (currently on sale) but they only have it in size XS.
Patterns and prints for president! I wish there were some more quirky ones, but here is a selection of the ones I found and liked. :)
#11: Cath Kidston - Sunspot Ruffled Swimsuit $72
How cute is this little number? I love that what appears to be polkadots are actually little suns or fuzzy circles. The entire back is rouched and it looks so comfertable! It's 100% cotton though, how would that work in the water?
#12: Downeast - Retro Revival Suit $49.99
A modern swimsuit with some retro elements. I don't think it's the one for me though, as I would like some ruffling across the belly and a little less cleavage. :)
#13: Kaliko - Elipse Print Halterneck Swimsuit $88
*makes grabby hands* Me gusta!
#14: Epla - Vintage bathingsuit $59
Epla is the Norwegian equivalent to Etsy, and this is the only actual vintage piece in my selection. I think it's been for sale for over a year! The only information on size is that it would best fit a S/M so it might be too small for me anyway.
#15: SimplyBe - Panache Page Halterneck Swimsuit $74
Cute button detail in the cleavage.
|Already have these two|
These two I already own, a bikini and swimsuit in cherry print, both from Pinupgirl Clothing. The black swimsuit is ok but it's too big for me now (I'm smaller now then when I bought it) and I would like something a little less rockabilly.
The bikini looks RIDICILOUS on me. I've never worn it since that first time I tried it on. Yuck. It would probably have looked better if I were a little more endowed in the chest area but I'm not so... No, just no. :P
What do you look for in a bathingsuit/bikini? Do you have any more suggestions on where to get them?