How to Wear a Vintage Bathing Suit: ’60s, ’70s & ’80s!

June 2nd, 2011


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Hello and happy Thursday everyone!!!!

Is it just me or did this week FLY BY? When writing “Thursday” above I was like, “No, really .. it’s THURSDAY?!” I guess that’s just what happens when you have a 3-day weekend!

Thankfully we have more 3-day weekends ahead thanks to the official arrival of summer and the many warm weather activities we do this season, including … THE BEACH!

I grew up hanging out at the Jersey Shore before the Jersey Shore had it’s own TV show. Flash back to 1993, and little Sammy D was rocking her (now vintage) Speedo one-pieces in beach towns like Cape May, Ocean City & Wildwood, New Jersey.

Where ever you might live in the country (or the world — I’m learning that there is quite a lot of international vintage lovers hanging out here!) you hopefully have a hot-weather reprieve that involves cold water, a cold drink and a relaxing lounge chair!

For all of your summer activities beachside, poolside and surfside, I wanted to share some awesome vintage tidbits on the design of vintage swimsuits specifically for the 1960s fashion, 1970s & 1980s eras. While there are QUITE the number of flattering pinup style swimsuits from the ’50s & ’40s — especially reproductions that you can buy from sites like Pin Up Girl Clothing — I wanted to shed some light on the underrated eras of vintage swimwear.

And the best part? Because every single one of your body’s is beautiful, I made sure to include an inspirational vintage swimsuit option from each era for the full, balanced & svelte figures, my personal definition of three universal body types for vintage fashion sizing success. (Check out this blog post for more on vintage sizing for your body type)

Keep reading after the jump to learn more about vintage swimwear stylish for YOU and available to buy on Etsy now — and if you didn’t watch yesterday’s video, don’t forget to check out my 5 vintage looks and to vote for your favorite!

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Styling Vintage with Modern (Urban Outfitters)

June 1st, 2011
Styling Vintage with Modern (Urban Outfitters)

I created 5 distinctive outfits using ONE modern piece from Urban Outfitters! Which one do you like best? Keep reading after the jump to see the final looks and to vote for your favorite!

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How to Modernize an ’80s Bustier

May 30th, 2011
How to Modernize an ’80s Bustier

I had a TON of fun styling with this bustier because like a bustier designer would assert: It truly works magic on your top torso, cutting inches but adding confidence! I’m sure a lot of you would NEVER think to wear a bustier, believing that you just don’t “have the body” to pull it off. […]

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10 Predictions for Vintage Fashion of the Future

May 26th, 2011
10 Predictions for Vintage Fashion of the Future

Hello and happy Thursday everyone!!! It’s an absolutely stunning day in NYC today. The skies are brilliant blue, the temperature is mild and the sun is splendid and warm. It’s a great day to be alive … and alive as a VINTAGE LOVER, to boot! Thanks to all of my great communication with you, I’ve […]

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Styling Vintage with Modern Pieces (H&M)

May 24th, 2011
Styling Vintage with Modern Pieces (H&M)

I paired 5 remarkable vintage haul finds with pieces available in H&M stores now! Watch the vid to see how I modernized vintage for unique looks I love. Keep reading after the jump to see the final looks and to vote for your favorite!

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How to Modernize a ’60s Maxi Skirt

May 23rd, 2011
How to Modernize a ’60s Maxi Skirt

What I love most about vintage is that you can modernize the pieces of the past to suit your style of today. Vintage isn’t OLD … rather, it’s OPPORTUNITY. I’m SO happy to have the opportunity to shoot some of my favorite vintage pieces and present them to you here with background on where I […]

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Gratefulness Giveaway: Enter to Win a Vintage Blazer & Earrings!

May 20th, 2011
Gratefulness Giveaway: Enter to Win a Vintage Blazer & Earrings!

**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED! THANK YOU TO ALL FOR ENTERING!** CLICK HERE FOR THE WINNER!   Hello and happy GRATEFULNESS FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!! The last gratefulness Friday giveaway with Victory Vintage was a huge success. More than 25 entries answered the question, “What is your favorite activity for spring?” PLUS, you guys totally spread the vintage love […]

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Spread Vintage Love to Help Restore Historic Store Zap & Co

May 19th, 2011
Spread Vintage Love to Help Restore Historic Store Zap & Co

Hello and happy Thursday everyone!!!! I am so excited to present today’s post to you today because I believe that it’s my most powerful update on the site yet. Today is the epitome of what I mean when I say to “spread vintage love & make style peace,” the mantra that I so enthusiastically proclaim to you […]

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