Now that Britain has suddenly found itself in the midst of a heatwave, we can actually start thinking about the beach! While there’s an abundance of beach ready goods out there on the high street, you can’t get more figure flattering, confidence boosting shapes, than typical vintage style bikinis and swimsuits. Today I’m going to show you how to get the much coveted vintage look on the beach, and it’s easier to pick out pieces than you might think. Accessories wise, vintage style beachwear means everything from cutesy cat eye sunnies, to bold, bright bags, so what are you waiting for, let the vintage lookbook inspire you and then I’ll show you how to replicate it on the high street.
Where better to start than with swimwear itself, the key ingredient for a stunning summer beach look. You can’t get much more ‘pin-up’ than polka dots, so make like Marilyn and opt for polka dotted bikinis to really give you that vintage look. These two River Island bikinis are super cute and perfect for teaming under bralets and shorts before the beach too. As with most of River Island‘s bikinis, each part is sold separately so you can make sure it’s the perfect fit, and each top is £15 while the bottoms are £10.
If polka dot’s not your thing, but you still want that vintage feel, look out for whimsical and nautical prints. That means sailor chic and fruit, tattoo and even geometric patterns that catch your eye that can be worked in a retro way.
For when splashing around in the waves is over, a cute two piece outfit is always going to give that timeless vintage look. Topshop‘s two pieces are amazing this season, and these two are my ultimate favourites.
This first gingham one is totally Marilyn and would look gorgeous teamed with some red wedges and huge sunnies! Even is the sea’s not your thing, this two piece definitely needs a picnic outing at the beach this summer and for £28 for the set it’s really reasonably priced too. What could be better?
For a similar price, (just £2 less) and also from Topshop is this gorgeous tropical meets floral two piece that’s bound to cause a stir. This set screams South Pacific and when teamed with a cute headscarf and woven bag will add that cute vintage edge to your day at the seaside.
If a full cover up is more to your taste, a playsuit can be a great compromise in hot weather. You can still keep yourself covered up, but without overheating, and of course, with this gorgeous mint playsuit, style is definitely still on the cards. The retro white belt gives this £46 Topshop playsuit such a ’60s edge and the cinched waist and cupped bust means that an hourglass figure is yours for the taking.
Finally, where would we be without our accessories? Every girl needs a tote come summer to fit in all her fabulous beachwear, and this River Island tote has seriously stolen my heart. At £100 it comes at a higher price than I’d like, but for a real leather, seriously timeless tote, I think it’s a worthwhile investment for years of beach summers ahead.
Shielding your eyes from the sun’s rays means us girls need our specs, and while there are some fabulous cat eye sunnies out there right now in every store imaginable on the high street, I couldn’t help but feature these gorgeous H&M glasses. In a suitably aqua blue these frames are retro heaven and a mere snip at £6.99, you can’t afford not to snap these up!
That’s it for today’s get the look post, I hope it helped you get vintage ready for the beach this summer. What are your favourite vintage look pieces from the high street at the moment, and are there any pieces here that have taken your fancy? Let me know by leaving me a comment or tweeting me @MillieDelacoe. Until next time…
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