style   //   July 20, 2012

SUIT UP

Did you know that July 5th marked the 66th anniversary of the bikini? (I celebrated accordingly by spending my day poolside.) What a transformation this garment has had!  From the full-coverage suits of the early 1900s to the itsy-bitsy bikinis we know today, Vogue has provided a look back for us with images from its archives. I love seeing all of these swimsuits in one place. What’s funny is that several of the swimsuits I’m seeing in some of the older images look a lot like what stores are carrying now. Fashion repeats itself, after all. The 1969 Bert Stern photograph above is my favorite. I would totally hit the beach in that white bikini. And that hat, too!

Images via Vogue