Happy birthday, Bikini!Whether you're a fan of the two-piece bathing suit or not, today we should all toast to the bikini -- she turns 65 today. Hooray! It was on July 5 in 1946 when daring French fashion designer Louis Reard paid Parisian exotic dancer Micheline Bernardini to wear his outrageous new bathing suit to a popular swimming pool in Paris, and the rest is history. The bikini quickly took off and became totally in vogue after WWII. Our summers at the beach haven't been the same since.
I salute Reard's invention. A tan stomach and ease using the bathroom during a beach or pool visit are priceless summertime commodities. So to honor the bikini on her 65th birthday, I've rounded up ten retro bikini looks that hearken back to the good old days when "beach blanket" movies ruled and surf culture was a viable way of life. Take a look!
Splendid Ruffle Bikini, $120Blue and white polka dots and a little ruffle? Totally retro-chic. Love it with bangles, too.
Nanette Lepore Coquette Bikini, $156Bold floral prints and full coverage will keep you looking both vintage and modern.
Tori Praver Hula Ruffled Bikini, $154I really like dark, fall colors for swimwear.
Juicy Couture Bikini, $91.50Can't you just see her lounging on set with Frankie and Annette?
High Sun Bikini (call store for pricing)
The vibrant color block, tie details, and high bikini briefs are oh so retro.
Pop-Of-Dots Bikini (call store for pricing)Love the fluorescence and the triangle top!
Crocheted Bikini, $84Simple and sexy. The color and the cut are retro-inspired with a modern twist.
Camera Pose Bikini (call store for pricing)Surfs up, dudette!
Seafolly Bikini, $171A little playful va va voom on the beach isn't a bad thing, is it?
Would you wear a retro-inspired bikini?
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