Fact: ’50s-inspired pinup swimwear is everywhere right now, from $10 bikini sets at H&M to $400+ designer one-pieces.
And seeing as I’m definitely NOT opposed to the Betty Grable bombshell look, I figured I should probably find a flirty halter-polka-dot number to wear this summer.
But wanting a more authentic look (and not wanting to have a “who wore it best” moment at an upcoming 4th of July bash), I opted for my favorite designer vintage store.
As predicted, I found dozens of Marilyn-approved swimsuits, including pointy cupped tops, high-waisted floral swim shorts, and even the short-lived “swim capri pant.”
I narrowed it down to my top two picks, and was about to buy them all when it occurred to me that I may not want to wear someone’s used swimsuit from 50+ years ago.
I left the store empty handed and am still debating whether or not I made a mistake by not purchasing them. But while I’m aware of all the marvelous things washing machines can do, I still feel like I may just prefer purchasing a brand new “vintage-inspired” suit after all.
So here’s my question: Would you wear a vintage swimsuit? Should I just bite the bullet and ignore my inner germaphobe? Or do you agree there’s a certain ick-factor in used, vintage bikinis?