Swimwear from the 1920s, 30s and 40s

It’s summer here in Australia and the warm weather is perfect for the beach or lolling about in the shade with a good book dressed in wide linen trousers and a 1930s floppy hat. So dear reader, I thought I’d post a small collection of items from Glamoursurf, a store that specialises in vintage swimwear and accessories. GS has some gorgeous original vintage pieces from brands such as Jantzen, Victory Knitwear, Catalina and Gordon MacKay.

I have always loved the streamlined elegance of vintage swimwear and I wish that some of that glamour and sophistication would make it’s way back into today’s mainstream bathing collections en masse. And even if you can’t afford to purchase anything, you can simply admire and be inspired by these beauties. Included are suits from the 1920s to the 40s.

Vintage late 1920s Catalina Black Wool Swimsuit Bathing Suit     


     Vintage 40's Catalina 'Bali Isle' California Hand Print Two Piece Swimsuit Bikini Bathing Suit

Vintage 40's Nylon Jersey Hawaiian Print Swimsuit Bathing Suit S/XS     Vintage 40s Cole of California Black Velvet Open Midriff Swimsuit Bathing Suit

Vintage 40's Catalina California Poppy Handprint Celanese Rayon Swimsuit Bathing Suit sz 38     

5 thoughts on “Swimwear from the 1920s, 30s and 40s”

  1. Summer here in Australia? That would explain why I have been selling a lot of vintage style swimsuits these last few months (I am in the US.) I too really enjoy the cut and styles of vintage swimsuits but I don’t know if I could actually wear any suit that is made of wool. Itchy!

  2. Michelle, thank you so much for your kind words and linkage. Just wanted to add a comment that many of the vintage wool suits are extremely soft, not itchy like modern day wool. Depends on the weave and the wool, the time frame and the past care of the suit.

    Would love to be in Australia right about now!


  3. Hiya! Loved featuring your items 🙂 I’m not sure whey people think that the wool suits are itchy either. I have a couple and, as you say, they are lovely and soft. I haven’t worn them swimming though, but maybe I should 🙂

    I actually wish I was in the cooler climes atm. Just gets TOO hot here sometimes.


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