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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Vintage Sleeved Swimsuits from Claire McCardell, Cole of California, Jantzen & Rose Marie Reid

Just a bit out of the ordinary but oh so cool! I would love one of these being the pale face that I am and for the opportunity to make it into a fashion statement after the beach and or pool. We offer you these vintage choices of swimwear with sleeves from some very wonderful designers.

Claire McCardell Swimsuit from 1953. This is one of my all time favorite swimsuits, not only because it has sleeves and can easily convert to a top by adding a skirt or slacks over it, but it has the classic signature McCardell hooks on the front closure. And check out the neckline, just love it!

This one is by Cole of California and is from 1963. Sleeves, off to a small start on a black maillot. By Cole of California, of nylon and silk. Scarf by Echo.

This piece has short short sleeve caps and is from 1960. 1,000 watt green Maillot, smooth as paint on the body, with a marvelous sheen that looks slipper when wet - even when it's dry. By Rose Marie Reid in Helanca stretch nylon.

The Jantzen International Set, a Cuban design. This long sleeve piece is from 1957. This one is similar to one we recently placed in our store, also from the International Set.

This piece is called Varadero, name for a famous beach in Cuba. Made by Jantzen and it represents it's country of origin. Made of Helanca, which molds to the body like a second skin. The small second label reads 'a Cuban design'.

Which one is your favorite?


Some Like it Vintage.com said...

Love that Claire McCardell! I wish I was glamorous enough to go to the beach like that :-)

The Glamorous Housewife said...

I like the green one the best. I am a big fan of color.

Andi B. Goode said...

Wow. These are all so interesting! I never thought much about bathers with sleeves before.
-Andi x

Glamoursurf said...

Aren't they fun? Claire's work is just stunning.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

They're all wonderful!