The Best Online Stores Shops for Retro Swimwear

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

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With summer around the corner, are you looking for a swimsuit that fits your fun and flirty style? Take a nod from the past and go for a suit with a vintage flair. Sweetheart necklines, high-waisted bottoms, and quirky prints make up swimwear inspired by the Roaring Twenties to the Fabulous Fifties. To shop the best retro styles around, check out the following vintage style shops online for pinup fashion that's a click away.

50s Marina One Piece Swimsuit in Ivory

Specializing in pin up and rockabilly looks, the selection at TopVintage expands the 20s to the 60s. Paying homage to fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, this vintage shop offers dresses, shoes, accessories, and, you guessed it, swimwear. The site's bathing suits range from classic polka dots to quirky cupcakes. Reminiscent of sunny days spent at the shore, this seaside suit features a nautical theme and navy halter.

Our Pick
: Girl Howdy 50s Marina One Piece in Ivory, $113.07

Esther Williams Fruity Suity One Piece in Yellow

A one-stop shop for all things retro, geeky, and fun, Modcloth is the perfect place to shop swimwear. Whether you want basic or cats and cupcakes floating in space, this selection of bathing suits lets you wear your style in feminine and flattering silhouettes. Love cherries and bright colors? This fruity suit is for you.

Our PickEsther Williams Fruity Suity One Piece in Yellow, $89.99

esther williams style vintage bathing suit

Tatyana focuses on the "golden age" of vintage fashion from the 1940s to the 1950s. The shop's swimsuit section is filled with stylish suits that will be familiar to anyone who's seen "Beach Blanket Bingo" or one of the other romping teenage movies of the early rock 'n' roll era. Sleek one-pieces and high-waisted, frilly bikinis are plentiful here, including the Dark Angel, which could easily have appeared in an Esther Williams water-dance routine.

Picnic w/Flare Bandeau & Skirt in Yellow & White
Bettie Page
Bettie Page

Influenced by the Queen of Pinups herself, Bettie Page sells clothing and swimsuits in perfect pinup style. With all suits featuring a sweet but sultry sweetheart neckline, choose from skirted one pieces to ruffled two pieces. Think about barbeques and picnics with this gingham piece that has a flared skirt and halter bandeau top.

Our PickPicnic w/Flare Bandeau & Skirt in Yellow/White, $114

Swim Outlet

If you don't want your swimsuit to double as a bustier, you can find a lot of options for modest swimwear at Swim Outlet. An expansive site for all types of water gear, search the term "retro" and you'll find classic styles that recall '70s loungewear and wraps tucked in between the Speedos, wetsuits and burkinis.

Our PickWomen's Verona Long Sleeve Retro Surf Suit, $90


Vamp Swimsuit in Black
Pinup Girl Clothing
Pinup Girl Clothing

Edgy meets sweet at Pinup Girl Clothing, where vintage comes in every size and style. The wide variety of bathing suits features wild patterns and perfectly placed cut-outs. Choose from ruched one pieces to nautical two pieces. With subtle but sassy details, this solid black suit has top and bottom separates fit for your inner vixen.

Our Pick: Vamp Swim Top and Bottom in Black, $64 & $48

Vintage Inspired 1950s Style Black Polka Dot Swimsuit
Unique Vintage
Unique Vintage

One pieces, two pieces, tankinis, oh my! For swimwear that flatters every form in every color or pattern imaginable, check out Unique Vintage. Available in sizes 6 to 26, styles range from solids and stripes to tropical and nautical prints. Marilyn Monroe would shore-ly love this black and white polka dot stunner.

Our PickEsther Williams Vintage Inspired 1950s Black Polka Dot Swimsuit, $82
frilly vintage style one-piece swimsuit
While Rose Gal specializes in fun and low-cost outfits, there are some cute vintage-style bathing suits mixed in with the revealing bikinis. For example, this frilly polka-dot halter top one-piece suggests early 20th century style with a more modern silhouette. With Rose Gal's low prices you don't have to feel too guilty about giving a suit a try.

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