The Best Retro Swimsuits Over the Years
It’s no surprise that many of this season’s hottest swimsuit trends are inspired by retro silhouettes, as they’re some of the most flattering and fun styles to grace the swimsuit scene in quite a while. It seems like every major swimsuit brand has caught onto the idea that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’—and we aren’t opposed. Just looking back at some of the iconic swimsuits from the past several decades has us ready to never let them go. Here are some of the best retro swimsuit moments in history.
American actress Janet Leigh wearing a purple waist-cinching bustier bathing suit, circa 1950.
Polka Dot Bikini
Actress Marilyn Monroe wearing a frilly polka dot bikini, circa 1951.
Marilyn Monroe poses in a white high-waisted bikini with clear high heels, circa 1953.
Floral Balconette Bikini
French actress Brigitte Bardot sitting on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival, circa 1953, in a strapless balconette bikini.
A model wearing a strapless ruched one-piece with bright striped and polka-dotted accessories, circa 1954.
Elizabeth Taylor wearing a flattering white halter swimsuit, circa 1955.
Ruched Halter Bikini
English actress Joan Collins in a two-piece swimsuit with ruched bottoms and halter top, circa 1955.
Bright Striped Bikini
American actress Stella Stevens embracing bright stripes, circa 1960.
Classic Black One-Piece
Italian actress Sophia Loren in a timeless black one-piece on a motor boat, circa 1965.
Model Justine poses on the beach wearing a plaid triangle bikini, circa 1969.
Low Back One-Piece
A model wearing a low-back one-piece swimsuit in Colima, Mexico, circa 1980.
Black and White
Two models, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, wearing black and white Chanel swimsuits accessorized with pearls, circa 1990.
Model Linda Evangelista wearing a black swimsuit with cutout screens, circa 1990.