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The Sexy Vintage Bikini, A Short History In 15 Photos

Ready for summer? Get your retro on!

vintage bikini

Vintage-look bikinis are all the rage right now, and you can buy them on Amazon and on specialty sites. BUT….none of those are really vintage bikinis. If you want a REAL vintage bikini, Etsy is aflush with them. Here’s one, and these polka dots….**swoons**


I’ve always been a one-piece chick. I’ve only had one bikini in my entire life, a white one that looked great with my pre-skin-cancer-scares tan. I’ve just always had poor body image, even when I weighted 100 pounds. I know, that’s very sad.

But my mom? Whole different story. My mom had a bikini that was turquoise/aqua velvet (velour?) that had round gold rings at the front of the top and on each hip. I swear, it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen at that time. Like the one below (sort of).

vintage bikini

So let’s take a look back in time when wearing a bikini was quite daring (and brave!) and people went to the beach to admire the latest trends.

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Written by Tiffany Willis Clark

Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan, a proponent of voluntary simplicity, a single mom, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she has spent most of her career actively working with “the least of these" -- disadvantaged and oppressed populations, the elderly, people living in poverty, at-risk youth, and unemployed people. She is a Certified Workforce Expert with the National Workforce Institute, a NAWDP Certified Workforce Development Professional, and a certified instructor for Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. She also has a grossly neglected personal blog, a  Time Travel blog, a site dedicated to encouraging people to  read classic literature 15 minutes a day, and a literary quotes blog that is a labor of love. Find her somewhere and join the discussion.

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