Although this bathing suit would be perfect for Annette Funiccello in 1961, it comes from the mid 1950’s. By Lanz (remember the red Jingle Bells dress I showed in December, also by this company?), with a metal zipper in the middle back of the bottoms(!). Boy, was I thrilled to find this one!!!
A froth of pastel gingham ruffles, it couldn’t be sweeter. Seems that it would also enhance your measurements a bit! Anyhow, it is sturdy enough for playing volleyball, too, or maybe even a little jog (those ’50’s bra-tops are STURDY!)
So, even at the YMCA, there might be a chance to show off this one. Summer’s definitely here and you just never know . . . . . . . . . ..
MORGANA MARTIN, the Magicvintagespy
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So simple and plain, but it really transports me to photographs of women having fun at the seaside in the Forties, Fifties and early Sixties. And, there’s LOTS of absolutely beautiful seaside in Australia! Although we’re thinking about Autumn here and getting ready for cooler weather, the Australians are thinking about the blazing heat to come soon “down under”.
This top was custom-tailored in a lovely heavy woven cotton (not knit). Sleeveless, boxy cut, square neck with a little decorative pocket in front. Just grazing the waistline, to show a little tummy once in a while.
Nothing could be more basic or classic. Worn with a pair of “capris”, “pedal pushers” or “short shorts” or, even, with a pleated white skirt or a pair of jeans – that’s how it was done back in the day.