Instant Classic: Pinup Suits

Retro-shaped swimwear shows its sea legs once again.

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February 21, 2012 1:30 PM
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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