Things to get excited about: Red or Dead swimwear

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Friends and longterm followers will know I’m a huge fan of pin-up inspired style (in fact, I love just about any look from the 30s to the early 60s). Retro swimwear, in particular, is something of a speciality of mine. I’m so excited that after years of nothing but skimpy triangle bikinis and badly-fitting styles, brands are slowly branching out into vintage-inspired pieces. Swimsuits are no longer the frumpy option which is great news for those who prefer a bit of extra coverage.

In fact, 40s-inspired cossies with ruched detail, concealed panels and pull-down skirted styles are becoming a really stylish alternative to the modern bikini, and the best news is this style looks much better on a curvier woman than it does on someone with no hips! Think Marilyn Monroe on a beach in her white swimsuit – this is all about voluptuous glamour.

Red or Dead are the latest to jump on the retro bandwagon, with a capsule collection of swimwear set to launch later this month. I saw samples of these at a pop-up shop opening a while ago and completely fell in love with the sailor swimsuit (which also comes in red) but there are also halter swimdresses, classic maillots and lots more besides. They’ll be around the £40 – £60 mark.

If you love the collection, try looking in department stores like Fenwicks in the second half of the month, or online stockists Oli and Amazon.

If you love the look but need a bigger selection of sizes, another great discovery is ForLuna.co.uk which stocks pieces from retro brands What Katie Did and Lolita Girl and is also one of the only UK stockists I’ve found for the brilliant swimwear by 1930s movie star swimmer Esther Williams.

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  • http://www.forluna.co.uk Vicki Garlick

    Thanks for discovering us! I couldn’t resist letting you know that we will be a Red Or Dead swimwear stockist as well so look out for their pieces on ForLuna.co.uk end of March/start of April!

  • http://www.forluna.co.uk Vicki Garlick

    Thanks for discovering us! I couldn’t resist letting you know that we will be a Red Or Dead swimwear stockist as well so look out for their pieces on ForLuna.co.uk end of March/start of April!

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Vicki, thanks for finding me and commenting! LOVE your shop. No doubt I’ll be buying soon. And good to hear you’re getting the Red or Dead stuff, it suits the style perfectly.

    xx

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Vicki, thanks for finding me and commenting! LOVE your shop. No doubt I’ll be buying soon. And good to hear you’re getting the Red or Dead stuff, it suits the style perfectly.

    xx

  • http://www.twitter.com/malkinbister Kat

    Great find Gemma. I LOVE this swimwear Vicki! It’s totally fantastic. Do you have a shop anywhere though? My size always varies due to being tall so I like trying stuff on first.
    .-= Kat´s last blog ..malkinbister: @blockbusterbuzz Oh, THAT kind of magic. Rubbish. Will go to a shop and buy it with money instead. =-.

  • http://www.twitter.com/malkinbister Kat

    Great find Gemma. I LOVE this swimwear Vicki! It’s totally fantastic. Do you have a shop anywhere though? My size always varies due to being tall so I like trying stuff on first.
    .-= Kat´s last blog ..malkinbister: @blockbusterbuzz Oh, THAT kind of magic. Rubbish. Will go to a shop and buy it with money instead. =-.

  • http://www.forluna.co.uk Vicki Garlick

    Hi Kat, we are purely online but we do have a full returns policy so anything that needs to be sent back for an exchange or refund can be done so with the minimum of hassle. See here for info:

    http://www.forluna.co.uk/help/returns

    Also I know the products inside and out so am always happy to give sizing advice via phone or email. We have soooo many gorgeous new styles coming in 2 weeks time I am so excited!!

  • http://www.forluna.co.uk Vicki Garlick

    Hi Kat, we are purely online but we do have a full returns policy so anything that needs to be sent back for an exchange or refund can be done so with the minimum of hassle. See here for info:

    http://www.forluna.co.uk/help/returns

    Also I know the products inside and out so am always happy to give sizing advice via phone or email. We have soooo many gorgeous new styles coming in 2 weeks time I am so excited!!

  • Rndavids

    Hello!
    My name is Raisha and I’m a 2nd year student at Nottingham Trent University. I’m currently working on a project for Red or Dead, and wanted to ask anyone who currently purchases from Red or Dead wouldn’t mind taking a few minutes out of your time to complete the following survey?

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D3K83TX

    …Its only 10 simple questions and you’ll be doing your good deed of the day by helping a poor student out!
    Thank you
    Raisha. X

  • Anonymous

    Love the pics doll! Check out our
    vintage swimwear
    at retroswimwear.com

  • Anonymous

    Really stylish alternative to the modern bikini, and the best news is this pattern looks much better on a curvier woman than it does with any person on the hips! I think Marilyn Monroe on the beach in her white swimsuit – and this is all about sensual luster.

    modest swimsuits

  • Roxanne

    have you seen My Sister Pat 50′s fashioned swimsuits ohhh laaa