Swimsuits: Quaintness up-to-date

Old-fashioned cottons with ruffles still leave skin bare for the beach

Although they are brief in size and brash in color, the newest beach clothes make the wearers look some-thing like old-fashioned girls of some 80 summers back.

These flouncy playsuits and bathing suits pose a considerable amount of skin but are demurely decorated with pinafore necklines, little girl skirts, ruffles and bustles and bows. One swimsuit with bloomer pants is made even quainter by a floppy sun-bonnet. Made of brightly-colored cotton or gingham, the new styles look best on young, long-legged girls.

This summer’s new hair-by-the-yard can be worn in a trailing ponytail, wrapped in a knot or tucked wider big straw hat.

>> Also see: Smart summery swimsuits for women (1955)

LIFE Jun 20, 1955 swimwear

LIFE Jun 20, 1955 swimwear 2


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