Retro swimsuits may not be for everyone but they certainly are the top pick for women who are looking for unique swimsuit pieces or something that is cute but modest. That´s because most retro swimsuits come with a high waist bottom or a tankini top that provides plenty of coverage.
Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Bella Thorne and Blake Lively were spotted many times rocking a retro swimsuit. However, Taylor Swift is probably the loudest ambassador for this type of swimwear because every time she hits the beach, she´s almost always spotted donning a retro swimsuit. But that´s to be expected given that she´s a huge fan of vintage fashion.
The best thing about retro swimsuits is their ability to do double duty – hide the things you would rather not show and yet making you look totally adorable and elegant in a swimsuit.
Current retro-style swimsuits are now design with even more feminine elements such as large bows, cute cutaways and coveted vintage patterns or colors, as well practical functionality such tummy control.
The following retro swimsuits will surely complete your summer wardrobe.
1. Bathing Suit with Tie Knot
The first thing you´ll notice on this interpretation of retro swimsuit are the large bows on its front top and back bottom. This style is great for girls with small busts or small derriere.
This swimsuit comes in many different colors with a solid top and printed bottom. If you have a smaller chest, you may think that this two-piece will not flatter your shape. However, thanks to ruffles, padding, bows or lace-up ties, the bikini will still add volume to your chest area.
Also, the printed high waist bottom will give you an illusion of wider hips.
2. Cut-away Bow One Piece Swimsuits
Beandeau Tie Knot Front Cut Out High Waist One Piece Swimsuits
Instead of a high waist bottom and a bandeau top, this swimsuit is made into one piece with an atttention-grabbing cut-away on top of your torso. This style is great for women with short torso. Go for a mesmerizing black or a fashionable sailor stripe.
A beautiful one-piece retro swimsuit with cut-out style, this piece is available in different bright colors, neutral colors, as well as black. Personally, I`m really loving this light pink polka dot because it looks so feminine, chic, and neat. If you´re starting on minimalism like myself, and you´re digging neutral hues, this one is a must!
3. Two Piece Ruffled Bathing Suit
4. High Waisted Bandeau Bikini Set
5. One Piece Tummy Control Swimsuit
Most retro swimsuits have a covert way of adding a very important functionality – to make the tummy look flatter. Either you´re eyeing a one-piece or a two-piece high waisted, you can now comfortable shop for a retro swimsuit and grab a piece, or a set, which do just that. Make your tummy look toned and flatter.
On the other hand, you can opt for a boyleg one piece retro swimsuit instead. A pair of white contrast panels extending to a halter-neck while sandwiching a gorgeous black and white dotted print is going to a style to behold. Girls have only good things to say about this style of retro swimsuit, “Fits well, very flattering, sexy, adorable and apparently well made“. Feel sexy and look great in this figure flattering piece.
6. Flounce High Waisted Swimsuit
7. Modest Tankini Top with Bikini Swimsuits
If you´re looking for a retro swimsuit that looks like a cute, mini skirt, you´ve found it. Step into the pool like a stunner in this flattering one piece swimsuit featuring subtle ruching, adjustable straps, and soft cups. It´s very comfortable and fits well like a glove.
Or you can opt instead for a totally modest tankini top with boy shorts or floral bikini bottom. Although you´re mostly covered, you´ll still look great in your suit, thanks to its many gorgeous prints available. Afterall, if you´re confident and comfortable in what you wear at the beach, you´ll naturally look attractive.
8. Halter Tankini with Drawstring and Boyshorts Swimsuit
9. Smocked Ruffle Bikini Set
10. Crochet two piece tankini swimsuit
Two Piece Lace Swimsuit Sexy See Thru Crochet Blouson Tankini Set
Crochet is a thing of the past revived in every modern way possible. Take a look at this crochet one piece retro swimdress, it features a flirty drop waist skirt with a tie at the hip, a bandeau top and ties at the neck. It´s available in pink, tangerine, black, and mint too. It provides just enough coverage to make things sexy but not too revealing.
11. Waisted Peplum Tankini Bathing Suit
Who else love peplum tops? I have wide hips for a lean figure but I still love wearing peplum silhouettes because of how they make my hips look even wider. Furthermore, the floral print of this swimsuit is not only beautiful, it also is a highwaist with tummy control feature. How cool is that?
I´ve also seen some one piece retro swimsuits from Calvin Klein with attached skirt. The hem of the skirt is styled with wave-like ruffles. The top features a wrap bodice with ruching, giving the wearer that silhouette of great curves. It doesn´t matter if you have some sins to hide, the ruching is enough to cover anything that you´d prefer to downplay.
12. Peplum Tankini Set
This is another two-piece retro swimsuit featuring a peplum top, although the peplum flare is shorter than the one above. This is also a very cute, very flattering swimsuit but is modest.
13. Retro Vintage Push Up High Waisted Bikini Swimsuit
It´s not always that you see a fabulous retro switsuit like this boyleg maillot. The nautical print on top and buttons in the bodice are striking. Its high waist and retro-cut bottom speaks of that vintage glamour, every inch in style, and polished with a crisscrossed back. This style is especially flattering for women with long torso. But if you have a short torso, stick with a monochrome one piece.
14. High Waisted Bathing Suits with Underwired Top
15. Sexy Tie Front Lace up Retro Bikini Set
Animal print is a retro too. Choose a high waisted leopard print bikini bottom and pair it with either a black flounce top or a floral top with tie front, plunging neckline and falbala ruffle hemline.
16. Retro Flounce High Waisted Bikini
Retro Flounce High Waisted Bikini Halter Neck Two Piece Swimsuit
The best thing about this style of swimsuit is you can decide to either look fierce or feminine. Either way, it´s always figure flattering and modest.
17. Bandeau Ruffle Swimsuit Top Striped Bathing Suit
18. Vintage Criss Cross Swimwear Two Piece
When it comes to retro-style swimsuits, we can´t miss the boyshort vintage style. There are many fabulous options but I`m loving this two-piece featuring a white boyleg shorts and a criss cross top with ethnic, floral print.
19. Halter One-Piece Slimming Bathing Suit
20. 50s Pin Up One Piece Swimsuit
At first look, it seems like a refine floral print. Don´t get tricked, it´s actually a nice cherry print one piece swimsuit styled in 50s pin up girl. It comes with slimming, shaping tummy panel and adjustable halter neck. This retro swimsuit comes in nine different colors and prints. Don´t hesitate, click the link and see your myriad of options.
21. Bow and Ruffle High Waisted Bikini
Additional Tips for Choosing Your Retro Swimsuit
- Channel that subtle tartan plaid to the beach this summer in a bombshell vintage inspired one piece featuring halter ties at the neck, boyleg cut bottom and ties at the bust. You opt for the salsa color or the venice blue, I could hardly make up my mind. Both shades are pretty.
- Opt for a pin dot one piece bandeau swimdress. It´s a very girly, very pretty, rose pink retro inspired silhouette with refined pin dot that is so striking. A one piece bandeau swimdress with cute ruffles at the hem of the skirt is something you need for a goddess look at the beach. You can never have enough shirring when you think of gorgeousness.
Now ladies, which retro swimsuit are you?