Vintage styles are as popular in the West as well as in the East. Unfortunately, a lot of vintage styles for women now are associated with the pinup and burlesque looks. It’s ironic, because that kind of style was definitely in the minority then and not part of everyday fashion. In decades past, especially in the 40s, women were more conservative. It is a shame that we misrepresent and skew the wholesomeness of those decades. We confuse the younger generation and outside cultures by showing only one side of vintage. Thankfully, the Internet and books (and some period pieces on TV or film) are a good source on learning about what the majority of people really wore.
Some burlesque and pin up styles look more like swimsuits and lingerie and have become more and more acceptable and accessible in today’s fashions. As pin up styles become part of daily wear, beach wear has become even more liberal. I did stumble upon this one swimsuit company based in Thailand called LUVSUN that sold retro swimsuits that were surprisingly somewhat conservative. The idea of their swimsuits represent more what swimsuits used to look like in the West. None of the tops from that company look like they are push ups, but the BOTTOMS are really what I’m interested in!
I’m always on the lookout for high-waisted anything—skirts, pants, leggings, and swimsuit bottoms. Besides being conservative and true to vintage, I really like the aesthetic of high-waisted bottoms. I wish they had more patterns to pick from and more neutral and primary colors. I’m not really into (at least now I am not) fluorescent or neon colors so much! I put up mostly the swimsuits with patriotic colors, which is my bright color palette of choice.
What are other good sources of high-waisted retro swimsuits?