4.9.09

un maillot de bain

At the end of the month I will be going on a trip to a villa by the ocean, and despite the fact that I don't care for swimming, I need a swimsuit. I was feeling a little bit stressed about this because I had my heart set on a swimsuit from Minnow Bathers -- but it would be beyond my means at the moment, especially since I would only wear it two or three times.

One of my new rules for clothing is that instead of making a hasty purchase, I will always try to make an item myself. I found the Cindy pattern from Burda Style: this suit is utterly adorable, and I don't think it would be too difficult to make. I made some half-hearted attempts at finding swimsuit material, but didn't find much that I liked.


Another one of my rules, however, is to always try to find something secondhand. I had been a bit squeamish about buying a swimsuit at a thrift store, but it wasn't so scary. I found the Jantzen maillot above and fell in love with it after I had tried it on; I know it doesn't look like much on the hanger, but it's cute! I wasn't sure about the print, but the colours look pretty sensational on me (har har). Also, it is quite a flattering cut! I love the extra coverage provided by the ruffle, which dips down in the back like a little tail.

It isn't the most modern-looking suit and I will probably look ridiculous next to the typically tiny neon bikinis favoured by the resort crowd, but I am so happy with it. I soaked it in the tub with the hottest water I could get out of the tap and a tiny bit of bleach. $7! So much happiness for $7.

(I just spent some time reading the Jantzen swimsuit timeline -- pretty fascinating, I think.)

16 comments:

  1. Aww I love it! You'll be beating off dudes on the beach in Portugal with a stick, or driftwood, or something.

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  2. No way, they'll be too busy checkin' out the hot, blonde Germans!

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  3. That is my kind of suit!!! I love it! You're going to look smokin' hot!

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  4. I really like it too, it looks a bit hard to date (from the photo that is). Do you know how old it is? Orla Kiely also had some seriously gorgeous bathing suits and bikinis in her summer collection. But again very pricey.

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  5. oh, i love it! i just scored an amazing electric blue number from the 1950s, although it's positively racy next to yours, remember, less is more!

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  6. Portugal! I always wanted to go there!!! have fun anabela!

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  7. awesome! I found a Janzten swimsuit earlier this summer at a thrift store. It looked as though it was never worn. Ya, it looks vintage but who cares? I love vintage swimsuits. If I spotted you among an array of neon bikini wearers I would definitely admire your swimsuit.

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  8. I love burda style - you should definitely try to make that one, it's really cute!

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  9. Way to go buying vintage, I love the floral print! I bet your suit will get lots of double takes(the good kind)! Have fun on your vacation!

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  10. This is really wonderful!

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  11. This is so fabulous Anabela, you'll be the belle of the beach!

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  12. Hurray for cheap thrills! I can see this looking perfect with your dark hair.

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  13. that sounds like a steal! you can never find that style new. where do you do your thrift store shopping mostly?

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  14. April: Grandma chic forever!

    Johanna: Based on the print and the tag and the timeline on the Jantzen site, I'd guess it's from the late '80s or early '90s. I don't think it's that old. But it's clearly from a time when people sat by the pool and smoked like chimneys because phew! Stinky!

    Nath: No one will ever catch me in a racy suit!

    Celine: Thanks! The trip is a gift!

    Sushipie: Thank you! Hooray for vintage suits!

    Julia: I may, once I find some nice stretch fabric. It's so cute! I love that the model turned the fabric inside out on the Burda suit.

    Elise: Haha, thank you!

    Parapluie: Thank you!

    Erica: Thank you!

    Hannah: Thanks! I do love some cheap thrills! I keep trying to branch out and try lighter colours but always go back to the black & jewel tones!

    May: I tend to stick to the Value Villages around here, even though they're not the best and are getting too expensive! I found this suit at Bloor & Landsdowne.

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  15. Anonymous7.9.09

    Hello! To combat the gross factor on awesome but pre-worn suits, I simply rip/cut out the crotch liner fabric and stitch in a bit from my pile of old t-shirts.

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  16. Hey! That's a great tip, thank you!

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