On my mind: high-waisted retro bikini

While going through the last of my grandmother’s belongings, I found a box full with gorgeous vintage photos of her. Looking through them all, I particularly feel in love with a two photos where she is wearing a white-high-waisted-retro-bikini and balconette top – both iconic for 40s-50s swimwear fashion. I’ve expressed my love for my grandmother several times, and again have to mentioned how special I feel the women of her generation were; they possessed a decadent and ladylike look at the same time embodying a strong sense of independence, commitment and purpose. By no means were they the delicate-naive-flowers they appeared to be in the pictures, but rather a generation balancing female grace with a burning willpower to-change-the-world. Perhaps I’m romanticising this period of time, but it’s just something utterly positive and sweet about it; the fashion, the society and the people. Researching for inspirational materials, I came across a couple of spot-on high-waisted bikinis’ that are high-up on my want list this summer as well as gorgeous photos of Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly wearing retro swimwear. Enjoy!

20130613-205300.jpgPeekaboo! My grandmother Anna-Lisa in a vintage bikini around 1940’s/50s.

20130613-205340.jpgMy grandmother (right) and her friend in Strömstad, Sweden.

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KORE Wear. All made in Los Angeles. Picture here

Marilyn Monroe In Swimsuit On Lounge ChairMarilyn Monroe. Picture here

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American Apparel. Picture here
Marilyn Monroe at Beach, 1949 5
Marilyn Monroe. Picture here

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KORE Wear 2013 Collection. Picture here

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Marilyn Monroe. Picture here

Marilyn Monroe + bikini + redMarilyn Monroe. Picture here

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Seafolly 2013 collection. Picture here

grace.kelly-02Grace Kelly. Picture here

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Urban Outfitters. Picture here

graceGrace Kelly. Picture here

Comments
2 Responses to “On my mind: high-waisted retro bikini”
  1. sarahlouisek says:

    What fabulous photos, especially of your grandmother. This is such a fun post.

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