What goes around comes around! Swimsuit trends are inspired from decades past every year. Relying on classic, flattering shapes from seasons past and re-vamping them with a modern print is one way of re-inventing these looks. Another way swimwear designers rely on a retro inspiration is by using a retro print--such as a polka dot— and integrating into a modern swimsuit style.
Read on for some retro trends and how to make them wearable for your body shape and personal style. Whether you're a size 0 or a size 20, you can alter some of these retro trends to make them extremely flattering.
Retro Swimwear Trends
There are a ton of elements of the 2011 swimwear looks which have clearly been inspired by swimsuit looks of the past. Whether it be structured, Esther Williams-style shapes, flirty swimdresses, or halter swimsuits, the influence is evident.
Can you guess what the most universally flattering swimsuit choice is? The halter! Halter swimsuits look great on a variety of body types. They're especially flattering to an hourglass, all-over curvy body type.
The halter strap provides extra support for larger busts, and also creates a slimming shape. You can find halter swimsuits in a variety of styles and prints. Whether you choose a solid halter bathing suits with embellished details like side ties, or a halter swimsuit in a fun print, you will look like a movie star!
Swimdresses are versatile, feminine and flattering. They offer a retro feel reminiscent of the bathing beauties of the past. Swimdresses offer coverage and are a great way to camoflauge areas you may be self conscious about, such as your thighs or rear. They draw attention to the waist, bust and up toward the face. A very flattering swimdress style you may want to consider is one with a fun print on top (such as a floral or polka dot) and a slimming color like black on the bottom.
One Piece Swimsuits
One piece swimsuits are an absolute swimsuit staple for any woman's swimwear wardrobe. For one-piece swimsuit styles which give off a vintage feel, search for styles with 40s inspired details such as one-shoulder styling, jeweled embellishments, or draped details. Simple, classic styles which are flattering and offer timeless elegance are the way to go.