A retro summer
I see outdoor swimming as one of life’s great pleasures. It’s on my mind as soon as the weather even hints at being warm enough.
These 1950s-inspired beachwear suggestions don’t look all that practical, but they’ve progressed from the originals.
Last summer my pal Jenna teamed hand-medown vintage plaid bathers with my favourite highcrown hand-woven gardening hat. The ventilated weave of the hat stayed on in the wind and a wide brim and covered top is undoubtedly the best protection from sun – and windblown hair.
She’s more of a lounge-and-reader, which is just as well – I hate to think what would’ve become of the metal-toothed swimsuit zip on contact with salt water, and those thigh-grabbing elasticated leg holes, but it proved ideal for lounging.
So while the “jandal and towel as beachwear” brigade may scoff, I find long cotton skirts or dresses, one-piece togs, a hat and sandals are ideal for me on the long walk down the stairs, over the scorching hot sand dunes and dodging the driftwood on my nearest local swimming beach.
While I wouldn’t want to leave my new Penny Sage skirt secured under driftwood to see if the wind carries it away, I do have a Kowtow skirt similar in style to the Nom*d skirt with an elasticated waist.
This summer is its fourth as my swimming skirt, worn several times a week if I’m lucky, over togs.
I dry out the post-swim wet butt marks on the washing line beside my towel, and wash it properly every few weeks.