Swimwear goes retro

Eryn_Behan_headshotThe swimwear season is soon to be in full swing with retro vibes taking over as bandeau bras and high waisted briefs dominating both the runway’s and latest editorials

Eryn Behan is director of Ginger Trend Consulting, a trend analayst and a provider of fashion forecast services and consumer insight trends to the fashion and interior design industries throughout Australasia. 

The Inspiration: This summer season fashion-forward females find inspiration in the retro styling of the 1940s and 1950s as bikinis turn bigger, prompting a pin-up girl aesthetic. Original pin-up girls Grace Kelly and Betty Grable become key figures, inspiring contemporary takes from fashionistas worldwide; cue polka dot prints, gingham checks, and high-waisted briefs.

The Runway: A retro undercurrent dominated swimwear on spring/summer 11 runways with an abundance of corset and bandeau bras teamed with big high-waisted knickers. Bright white proved to be a favourite choice of colour along with soft oyster and silver shades.


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