June is officially here and we are ready to break out our bathing suits, sandals, and sun-dresses! We wanted to make sure that all of our favorite fans are as prepared for the summer season as we are, so we are giving you a quick guide to make sure you are able to bring your love of vintage with you to the beach, lake, pool, or beyond!
One easy way to prepare yourself for a retro-fitted summer is to purchase a straw item. We love using straw purses or shoulder bags to carry all our necessary items.
This purse from Target.com is a great option. It is called the Straw Dangle Tote in natural. It is perfect for throwing your latest gossip magazine in, some sunblock and a bottle of water for your quick trip to the pool.
The next item on the list is a FABULOUS hat. We are talking over the top, large brimmed hats, the kind that make you look like a startlet on vacation in Palm Springs.
While we can make plenty of suggestion of stores that carry such hats, we have found some of our most memorable sun hats at weekend swap meets, flea markets, or consignment stores. Our philosophy is, why spend a fortune on a hat we will be exposing to water? But a hat is a must, it helps protect your face from UV lights as well as making you look a little more mysterious as you lay out and people watch from beneath your brim.
The last thing you need in order to be ready for the summer is a perfect swimsuit. What’s that, a groan? Oh no ladies, when you are looking to carry your retro vintage style over to the summer season look forward to finding a swimsuit!
While you may think that Audrey is wearing a dress, she is not! she is wearing a swimsuit! For anyone that knows vintage, it is all about embracing a woman’s silhouette and making it look good. You do not need to over-expose yourself to look like a bombshell. And don’t be scandalized, you can still wear a two-piece, there are so many options you won’t believe it!
For your one piece ladies, we have some great options (which will hopefully be brought to you by JBR soon!). The above is the Audrey swimsuit by Fables by Barrie. This bathing suit is a classic cut, where the backside fully covers your rear and the front ends at the top of your legs. It provides slightly more coverage on your lower half than most other swimsuits, that are normally cut high on the rear and thigh.
Another one we love from Fables by Barrie, is the Lauren! This one, like the Audrey, features a sweetheart neckline, halter top, and comes to the tops of your leg. What we loved about this one is the houndstooth print on it! It makes it seem like such a formal swimsuit! This is one that you would want to take with you if you are planing on going to a high end spa or resort! The red contrast on the waist gives it that bright pop you need for the summer months!
And now for all you two piece loving ladies, don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you!
Here you have the Sophie Top in Black and White, with the Amelia Bikini Bottoms in Black and White. We love these two pieces because they are close replica’s to what the women in the 1940’s and 1950’s wore. The bikini bottoms come up higher on the waist, but not in a fashion that would remind you of an older woman. These are very young and flirty designs.
The other great thing about these bottoms is that you can mix and match them with a top from any swimsuit! If you are going for the vintage look, just buy a pair of these bottoms and take them with you when you go shopping to find a top you like! Pair it with a bandeau top, halter, or any other combination that tickles your fancy.
Just because it is the summer time, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave your vintage lifestyle by the wayside! No, what we say is find a way to carry it over to the warmer months!
If there is a way you make your love of vintage stand out in the summer leave us a comment and tell us how! We love to hear how you are creating your own vintage revolution.
Your Vintage Revolution Team