THE CUTE SWIMSUIT
It's the kind of swimsuit currently sold in high street brands like Topshop—with quirky, girly details like a scalloped bustline or tiny ruffles surrounding its perimeter. Think Sandra Dee in Gidget (1959) or the pre-mod taste of the flirty, beach-faring gang of Where The Boys Are (1960) or Audrey Hepburn. With hardly any navels in exposure, regardless of covered or bare decolettes, it's the swimsuit style so comparatively modest one can wear it with a skirt and cardigan and be in attendance at Church on Sunday morning. A more risqué incarnation would be something like Brigitte Bardot's skimpy white number in A Very Private Affair (1962), but with the same touches of cute: a cup-hugging bra top and ruffled bottom.
It's the same '50s silhouette that would inspire the Spring 2012 Prada show, featuring swimsuits glimmering in silk satin and so decidely embellished that no sensible woman would wear one near a pool. Though far from overtly cute, it's that quintessentially '50s chic that is nonetheless recognizable.
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