From Here to Eternity: Retro-shaped swimwear shows its legs once again
Move over, itsy-bitsy bikini — a more modest maillot is back. Inspired by pinups like Liz Taylor and Marilyn, full-coverage, curve-flaunting, bombshell beachwear has been spotted everywhere, from Katy Perry's album covers to the spring runways. (See Prada's embroidered bodysuits and Dolce & Gabbana's eggplant bustiers.)
Marilyn Monroe, 1953
Whether high-waisted or soft-hued, for poolside lounging or urban layering, these ladylike sets leave a little to the imagination. And in an age of zealous sun protection, covering up has never looked so good.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1950