Bathing Beauty

In January we moved to a house that has the Pacific Ocean in the back yard, and our own beach-front in a sheltered cove. It’s a little piece of paradise.

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So although it isn’t even warm enough to go out without a jacket yet, I’m thinking ahead to summer. And swimwear.

This can be a tricky and highly fraught fashion category. In fact, many women-of-a-certain-age avoid it all together. But Italian fashion house,Miu Miu has a new collection of feminine and flattering swimwear designs ideal for our age and bodies.

The vintage-inspired designs are stylish, sophisticated, and refreshingly modern in their modesty. Harking back to the post-war era, the shapely silhouettes are somehow sexier than an all-revealing string bikini. It’s the alluring what’s left to the imagination concept at work. That, and our eye is, I think, weary of the pervasive and tasteless Kardashin (un)dress code.

SUMMER STYLE 2017

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Miu Miu ; Photo: Alasdair McLellan

SUMMER STYLE 1950’s

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Life Magazine

 Miuccia Prada, head designer of Prada and the founder of its subsidiary Miu Miu, is now age 67.

Photograph: Art Partner/Mario Sorrenti

She would have grown up seeing and wearing these swimsuit styles on the sunny Italian beaches, and recreated them for Miu Miu’s Suddenly Next Summer campaign.

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Photo: Alasdair McLellan

 

Shot by Alasdair McLellan / Miu Miu, SS17

From The Archives

How elegant is this? A coordinating parasol in the days before sunblock. Sub the heels for slides or sandals,and you’re easily the best-dressed on any beach. The matching purse is the ultimate accessory.

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The most form-fitting. Is it lingerie or is it swimwear?

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Bright beach wraps and rubberized bathing caps look coolly flapperish. If Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby) went seaside, she’d surely look like this. They were called swimming costumes for a reason.

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April 1928; Davis/Getty Images

Miu Miu has turned the tide on chic swimwear.

It’s about time.

Mui Mui here

VINTAGE POST PHOTOLouise Dahl-Wolfe

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