Friday, April 16, 2010

you suit me well









(all photos thanks to this wonderful set on flickr!)

Landon and I are set to embark on our first tropical vacation in a week from today and I find that I am rather unprepared for our beachy destination (particularly in the swimwear department)! I have a few sweet vintage suits but they are too serious and dark for this particular outing and so I turn to you, internet buddies, where do you find your party-time swim attire? (Our destination is that glorious island of Jurassic Park.) Ideally one of those suits pictured above (especially the bear suit with the big bow and matching hat) would miraculously appear in my luggage (my fingers are not crossed). Any hints as to where I can find a suit in the city or some super online shop? Many thanks in advance! (and then there is the issue of summer footwear... ru-roh)

32 comments:

  1. If you have money and time, go online. Mod cloth has some cute bathing suits. Otherwise I would go to Target, theyre cute and cheap

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  3. I think all those vintage swim suits are adorable. But I agree that's they're more difficult to wear, and more difficult to find in the first place. It takes a great hunter to find a good vintage swim suit.

    I got my swimsuit online at Newport News:
    http://www.newport-news.com/shop/category_splash.aspx?womens-swimsuits&gp_coll_id=2012&gp_cat_id=7505

    They have some cute ones if you dig for them at pretty darn good prices.
    But if you'd just like some bright colors and barely make a dent in the ol' bank account, Wal-Mart has cheap and colorful suits. It's not the most glamorous option (and they probably won't hold up forever), but sometimes it can be fun and pretty practical.

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  4. http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Swimwear

    Vintage style, so cute :)

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  5. funny, i just finished suit shopping 5 minutes ago.

    ...and bought five...

    i looked on www.modcloth.com and urbanoutfitters but found the almost-identical suits for much less (and affordable) on ebay and etsy. when i love something i go wild with it, so now i'm the proud owner of 5 maillot-inspired suits!

    watch out summer (er, and debter's prison)...HERE I COME!

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  6. Yay! I knew you'd like Desperate Romantics. I just wish there was more!

    This bikini is lovely:
    http://www.sweetsassafras.org/2009/05/12/the-perfect-bikini
    Although it seems you can't buy it in the blue anymore :(

    I also love vintage bathing suits, but I would imagine they'd be nearly impossible to find. Next summer I think I might have a go at making some.

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  7. I was searching everywhere for good bikini inspiration and only found sub par photos! these are so good!! ...unfortunately I have no idea where to get a nice vintage suit. I do know that anthropologie has beautiful bathing suits, as always.

    have foon!


    xx

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  8. http://www.agentlover.com/blog/2010/04/13/on-the-search-for-the-perfect-retro-bathing-suit-part-3/#comments

    I definitely think you will find what you're looking for there. :)

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  9. Janai - that link is most excellent! SO MANY CUTE BIKINIS! AHHHHHH! need more doll-hairs though :(

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  10. these ladies are australian so it might take a while for them to be in your suit case. Cute nonetheless http://www.mysisterpat.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=53

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  11. My Baby Jo-vintage has some nice ones. I like the bathing suits with cherrys. So pretty!
    http://mybabyjo.com/swimwear.htm

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  12. WOW!!! These photo's are AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing. :) Have a lovely holiday xx

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  13. P.s Try What Katie did for Repro vintage swimsuits-

    http://www.whatkatiedid.com/fes_php/fes_usr_sto_search.php?fes_action=DisplayResults&fes_search_name=fes_product_type&fes_search_product_type=84&fes_stp_key=Default

    They use Esther williams patterns for all their shapes but make them out of fabrics that are much more wearable than vintage swimsuits. The red one is on my wish list! :) x

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  14. the suit in that third photo has me drooling. actually all the swimsuits here are amazing..i wish it were easier to find amazing swimwear these days.

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  15. Oh, these pictures look just amazing

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  16. Try Anthropologie. They have lot of cute vintage inspired swimwear like the between the lines bikini. It's super cute!

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  17. I'm melting for these wonderful photos!!!

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  18. That bedazzled bear suit is. The. BEST. THING. I HAVE. EVER. EVER. SEEN.

    Anything I would suggest would be woefully inadequate. But maybe search eBay/Etsy for Catalina? They're my favorite vintage swimsuit makers, although your options past the 1950s tend to get a bit too floral/flouncy for my taste!

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  19. this series is really neat! love the 2nd pic! also, have a fun vacation and make sure to share a bunch of pics!

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  20. These ladies are sheer perfection!! I need one of these suits for sure this summer.

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  21. I love all thw old bathing suit pics!! The style is fantabuous!!! You have a wonderfully darling blog!! I will be coming back regularly!!1
    xoxo sarah

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  22. i can't wait to see what you find... i did find some pretty ones on etsy. but you'd have to be one lucky lady to find one in such a short time, good luck!!!

    xo

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  23. lovely


    http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/1432188/factory-style

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  24. I have a swimsuit I really like that I ordered from pinupgirlclothing.com. It's a black and red cherry print skirted one-piece. But I don't know how much time you have to wait for an order to come in, so that might not be so practical.

    And I adore that fourth photo! That poor girl on the far left seems a little awkward though, like the geeky outcast in a group of popular girls. She's a beautiful girl though!

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  25. hope you're having a blast on your vacation!

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  26. Thanks for all the advice, friends! Unfortunately I'm a bit more strapped for time then I thought! Perhaps Hawaii will have some hidden deadstock treasure for me?

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  27. I agree with the third picture; bears are the best swimsuit accessory.

    I know ModCloth has some vintage-esque suits. I'm not sure, other than that. I have not updated my swim wardrobe in many moons. More importantly, have the best time EVER!

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  28. You just have to look at the authentically 50's fashioned My Sister Pat label
    I have 2 of there adorable suits
    Go direct to the owner & designer, Rosemary, Contact her on by email at info@mysisterpat.com.au and she will email you glorious pics of what is in stock, which one to choose is the hardest part, they are all beautiful !!!!

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