Get Florence Welch's Esther Williams-Inspired Poolside Look from the "Breaking Down" Video

YouTubeFlorence Welch of Florence + The Machine is well known for her flowy, ethereal and, let's face it, some times out-there looks. But with a voice as out of this world as hers, we believe she's allowed a crazy dress (or 12). For her "Breaking Down" video, Florence went down a slightly different path and showed her love of all things vintage.

In a pair oModClothf thick-rimmed sunglasses, a bright red pout and halter top bathing suit, Florence rocked our favorite look from the video as a retro bathing beauty. She has all the style and grace of Old Hollywood and poolside legend Esther Williams--and you can easily get the look before the summer's over! Channel Florence's swim look in this two-piece from ModCloth.


The halter top has that vintage 50s look that will make you feel like Marilyn Monroe in Miami, plus the high-rise bottoms achieve what we previously thought was impossible--a modest yet sexy look, like a wiggle dress you can swim in. If you have color-treated hair like the "Breaking Down" singer (she started out as a brunette!), you'll want to protect it any way possible. An easy (and, frankly, adorable) way to keep your hair up and out of the water is to do as Florence did and tie your hair up with a scarf. You get all the retro glamour and none of the chlorine damage!

C.WonderWant even more pin-up allure? Protect those pretty eyes of yours like the singer did with a pair of statement-making sunglasses. Try these cats-eye stunners from C.Wonder. They'll keep the glare of the sun away, but we can't guarantee you won't get glares of jealousy from your fellow sunbathers. Just make sure that while you're protecting your eyes you also shield your skin, especially if you're as fair as Florence. Slather on Olay's Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with SPF30 and stay sun-safe and baby-soft. And no Florence look is complete without a fiery red pout to match her equally blazing hair. To make sure your lipstick lasts all day, stick to CoverGirl's Outlast All-Day Lip Color in Ever Red-dy. It'll last through your swim and keep your lips kissably moisturized.



Stay glamourous with these tips and keep an eye out for our coverage of Florence + The Machine's performance at Lollapalooza!

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