18 unique swimsuits for girls who were born in the wrong decade

When venturing to the beach, going to the pool, or simply soaking up the convenient rays in the backyard, some women may find themselves in a swimsuit dilemma. So often are bikinis touted as the gold standard for swimwear that we ladies often assume modern swimsuits are our only option. And, while we may applaud other women for flaunting their curves in skimpy swim garments, some of us still yearn for swimwear that makes us feel a little more comfortable — and covered.

Fortunately, retro style has us covered. Thanks to vintage-inspired fashion, there are plenty of swimsuits that manage to be sexy and flattering, while also helping us to feel less … well, naked.

Basically: if you’re looking for tailored one-pieces and fashionably high-waisted two-pieces in a variety of fun, retro patterns, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some options to get you started:

1. This fabulously floral high-waisted two-piece.

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Get it from ModCloth for $69.99.

2. This dark queen one-piece that pairs perfectly with red lipstick.

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Get it from Bettie Page Clothing for $98.

3. A retro two-piece that doesn’t skimp on the polka dots.

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Get it from Sourpuss Clothing for $78.

4. Or, a polka-dotted one-piece, if you’re feeling more demure.

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Get it from ModCloth for $89.99.

5. A strapless suit that’s worthy of any bathing beauty.

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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $72.

6. This velvet swimsuit that’s full of classic Hollywood glam.

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Get it from ModCloth for $89.99.

7. This flirty tankini — because a girl can’t go wrong with a few ruffles.

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Get the top for $53.90 and the bottoms for $30.99 at ModCloth

8. This romantic one-piece that will make you feel like a true pinup girl.

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Get it from Bettie Page Clothing for $94.

9. This cute, vintage-inspired swim dress. (Because skirts aren’t just for land, y’all!)

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Get it from ModCloth for $44.99.

10. This sultry, cherry-studded one-piece.

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Get it from ModCloth for $66.99.

11. This whimsically nautical two-piece that will make you feel like a mermaid.

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Get the top for $69.99 and the bottoms for $54.99 at ModCloth.

12. This funky, high-waisted two-piece (which offers great support for bustier ladies).

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Get the top for $49.99 and the bottoms for $49.99 at ModCloth.

13. This strapless, aqua wonder — to be worn with your finest cat-eye sunglasses.

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Get it from Pinup Girl Clothing for $125.

14. This gingham suit that’s ruched in all the right places.

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Get it from ModCloth for $89.99.

15. This quirky swimsuit that will make you feel like the world’s most adorable sailor.

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Get it from ModCloth for $79.99.

16. This cutout one-piece that’s equal parts cute and sexy.

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Get it from Urban Outfitters for $72.

17. This buttoned-up one-piece, for when you want to feel classy while catching rays.

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Get it from Sourpuss Clothing for $70.

18. This Betsey Johnson two-piece, which will basically make you Bettie Page, reincarnated.

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Get the top for $68 and the bottoms for $58 at Pinup Girl Clothing. 

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