2 piece swimsuit: Esther Williams
sandals: Payless, 2-3 years ago
1960s white lace coverup, 1950s sunhat: ebay
white chiffon scarf: estate sale
1950s sunglasses: Lulu Forever vintage shop in Sacramento, since closed
I spent a weekend with my man at a family cabin in the woods and got to spend some time at the lake. Swimming has become my new favorite form of exercise. Since getting older I’ve noticed that my knees just can’t handle the running I used to love, and getting in the water just feels so darn good. Knowing that I was going to be doing some summer travels I wanted a vintage reproduction suit that was swim-able, something I could wear to the gym and lounge in at the beach. Esther Williams suits were on my radar a year or two ago. I wanted a two piece, but held back from getting the EW suit because the bottoms just weren’t as high as I would’ve liked, and the top just wasn’t as flattering. But the lack of many options on the market really just took its toll. I went on Modcloth and read reviews and looked at customer photos, and it really did look good on people, so I decided to take the chance. I ordered the suit directly from Esther-Williams.com and saved a few bucks.
The verdict: I still think the suit isn’t as flattering as it could be. Like I said, I’d prefer the waist be even higher, ideally at the smallest/natural waistline, and I feel the suit top could be just a bit more sweatheart shaped for a cuter look. But, hey, it does its job. It’s still pretty darn cute and I can swim laps in it, take it to the lake, etc. The only other drawback is the fact that the over skirt on the bottom covers a mesh nude netting that’s kind of at your pubic region (sorry, but I don’t know how else to describe it). That’s an area you’d like to have covered, obviously, and I’ve found myself a bit self-conscious doing handstands in pools and jumping in because I don’t want that over skirt to fly up. And those bottoms are a problem in the hot tub. The bubbles will just make the overskirt bubble up so I end up having to hold my suit down when I’m sitting in the hot tub. So all in all, I’m still not satisfied and I’m now planning on getting my hands on the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern as it looks pretty amazing on pretty much everyone I’ve seen who has made it.
Are there any vintage reproduction suits on the market that you are eyeing?