Retro bathing suits: Modest and flattering

Retro-inspired swimwear borrows vintage silhouettes and combines it with modern fabric and fit techniques to create truly flattering designs. The unique ladylike details such as ruffles, lace, polka dots and rhinestones are added to accentuate your assets and can actually leave you feeling good about how you look in a bathing suit again!

Classic Pin-up Girl

Curve-flaunting, bombshell beachwear is ready to transform you into a classic pin-up girl. Look for two-piece designs featuring high-waisted bottoms and push-up bra tops. Betsey Johnson is the go-to designer for this style. Her Pool of Thought bikini top and matching bikini bottom are full of adorable details reminiscent of days gone by.

Vintage Vixen

Swimsuit confidence can be tough, but slipping into a head-turning, yet modest, number can make all the difference. The silhouette flaunts your best parts without giving too much away. Victoria's Secret carries some great looks like this one piece Carmen Marc Valvo with shirred halter in cherry, aquamarine or black.

Sweetheart styling

Sweetheart necklines are a classic part of a retro-styled swimsuit. If you add a dash of gingham or colorful floral the look is extra sweet. Low-cut legs, shirring, halter straps and a sweetheart neckline combine in this yellow needlepoint inspired suit, Bathing Beauty.

Quirky Detailing

If you have a passion for vintage, you know that part of the fun is discovering quirky patterned fabrics. This seagull print is subtle in black and charcoal, but it all comes together with the addition of flirty ruffles and a cut-out panel in the front. Only Gull in the World comes with a removable halter strap by Noelle Vazzano.

Polka dot fun

There is just something about polka dots that make people smile. Whether you decide to wear a cute yellow polka dot bikini or a one-piece with flattering black and white polka dots that provide an impressive optical illusion. A polka dot headband or sheer cover-up with a polka dot pattern can also add a vintage feel to a basic suit.

As always, choose a bathing suit with your body shape in mind. Thankfully vintage-inspired suits add a lot more options when it comes to camouflaging some parts while flaunting others.

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