Oh-So-Sexy, Statement Making Vintage Maillot

I bought the most fabulous bikinis you ever did see

in Positano a couple of months ago.

To die for.

And yet, and yet, and yet

I’ve come back to America only to obsess

about the vintage one piece.

Marie Helene Arnaud, French Riviera, 1957

Primarily the one piece from the latter half of the 1950’s.

Some a little earlier, some a little later.

But even now, there is something so crushingly alluring

about a sculptured maillot,

designed to emphasize curves,

cover up a little more flesh

and leave something juicy to the imagination.

Vogue Nov 1950 by Clifford Coffin


On the beach in Forte Dei Marmi I watched a sea of bikini clad

damsels frolicking around or lying sanguine,

of every body type under the sun, and somewhere along the way, they all rolled into one.

The woman who stood out as she meandered along the shore, deep in thought, (maybe calculatedly so)

was wearing one of the most sensational maillots I have ever seen.

Vintage, pink and cream, gorgeous. Everything covered, yet sexy as all hell.

So now I want one too…

 Marie Helene Arnaud, Cap d’Antibes 1957

Harpers Bazaar 1957 by John Engstead

 Vogue Australia 1964, Helmut Newton

Life Magazine July 1952

 Elizabeth Taylor in a white one-piece


Marisa Berenson 1960s white one-piece swimsuit

Silvia Lareo-Vasquez 1989

One-piece swimsuits Seventeen Magazine May 1954

Marilyn Monroe in white one-piece swimsuit

Many of these images were garnished from one of my favorite facebook pages,

an Italian gem called Lo Charme E Un Nodo Da Stringere Con Stile

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