Friday, 6 June 2008

Only Come Here to Swim

I always invest on a good bikini every summer, even though we have neither particular good weather nor many nice beaches… but it doesn’t matter! When it is down to seaside or even just in the spa, good swimsuits always make me feel great! I haven’t decided which one to go for, but possibly a retro-chic style! I'm just in love with old Hollywood glamour! Therefore, I'd show some great collections on the market :)

  • Agent Provocateur - It is one of the best underwear brand and new to swimsuits - it has a truly Hollywood glamour throughout! Well, they do not come cheap, but these "pin-up" bikinis will surely grab the attention! Seriously, just look at Hilary Swank and Rachel Bilson, you will understand what I am talking about.




  • Myla - One of my long-time favourites for underwear and swimwear! They have luxurious fabrics and great cut! I like all of them but Mimi swimsuit has really caught my eye - great colour and unusual swimwear! I acutally think it may work well when our tummies fell a bit bloated, don't you think?


  • Samantha Sage - they do girly, chic and sexy swimwear, particularly some 20's, 40's and 50's influenced bikinis! In fact, they have been featured from Harper's Bazaar to Tatler Magazines!

Mustique Bikini £69
Charleston Bikini £79
Mustique Swimsuit £69

  • Vitamin A Swimwear by Amahlia Stevens - They have been favoured by many celebrities, since they use simple but gorgeous colour and they have slick and sexy cut!


  • Kushcush by Kerry Cushman - Their bikinis are sweet, a bit retro and flirty! A big plus is that they are fully lined in UV50+ Lycra!


  • Kelly Brook for New Look - Meanwhile, I'm thinking if I just wear them once in a full-of-bleach pool, I need something pretty yet great value in order to not feel so guilty! I think New Look's is a good option!


Both Bikini Tops at £12 each
Both Briefs at £8 each

  • If you really want to make a statement and have a bikini bash, here are some great options on Net-A-Porter

From left to right:
Emilio Pucci £230, Missoni £175, JG4B £150
Marc by Marc Jacobs £120,
Emilio Pucci £345 and Shay Todd £105


Mikkle said...

Oh wow, I really like the blue suit by Vitamin A! Never heard of them before. Thanks for pointing them out!

fashion* CHALET said...

how is the pretty times of glory doing today? :)
ps: I too adore old Hollywood glamour!

Angie hearts said...

I love those vintage looking bikinis, just about the cutest thing!

fashion* CHALET said...

thanks for your sweet comments, doll :) I tried, I usually dress like this with my husband when we go out since he doesn't really "get" my more fashion y looks, I save those for myself with my friends or just running errands. But from time to time I do try them out with him ;)

Violetwired said...

I love vintage inspired swimwear too! Have you encountered the French brand Princesse Tam Tam before? They make gorgeous swimwear and nice lingere too.

Times of Glory said...

To Mikkle: Glad you like it! They do some cute and chic stuff!

To fashion* CHALET: Thank you my dear for your lovely comments! Yes, we love old Hollywood glamour!

To Angie hearts: Yes, I find them more elegant than many of the modern ones xx

To Violetwired: Oh yes, I know this brand, but never have bought anything from them! They do look good! Thank you for mentioning it xx

LBIC said...

Oooh, I love the Myla suits. So cute. I have an AP one piece. I love it.

Anonymous said...

I love the Agent Provocateur collection! I wish I had enough money to buy their stuff!

fashion herald said...

I love the Myla too, especially the one-piece, a timeless backup for those days we feel not so sexy! And you should definitely go retro this summer.

Kira Fashion said...

Amazing bikines!
i would like to have a lot more!!!

a kiss friend!

Anonymous said...

wow theres sooo many, i really like the Mustique one very retro

stilettostetico said...

Mmmmhhh ,simple forecast : You're obviously made for "Agent Provocateur" !!! "Retro CHIC" inspiration with sulfurous effluents, or the perfect expression of your "Fashion SOUL" !!! Like a Dark Siren . . .

A Bientôt, Antoine

Super Kawaii Mama said...

The Agent Provocateur bikinis and Mustique maillot have my vote. Even though it is winter here now, I am always on the look out for something fabulous. I think I'll have to visit their online stores as their is nothing in the shops here now.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post. I really value your input as such a stylish lady yourself.

Paris said...

The green bandeau swimsuit, with the baggy under the bust part is absolutely stunning. I would wear it with tights and big big shoes as an outfit if i had the body!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, I love to hear from you xx

Secretista said...

So hott! Too bad I never swim, and would never be caught dead in a bathing suit!

Cammila said...

Your comment was so sweet, it really made me smile. :)

The Agent Provocateur line is GORGEOUS! You want to know something truly sad? I bought a new (if simple) bikini last year and I never wore it!

The Seeker said...

I must say I love those vintage inspired bikinis.
I'm very demanding with a bikini or a swimsuit, because I don't like to have sun marks that can be seen with tops, so I always want a strapless top.
Thank you for sharing all those with us,


Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

Oh gosh I love it all, especially on hilary and keira! This is a fantastic post, I'm so inspired for the beach now!

Anonymous said...

your blog is amazing!!!

valentine said...

thank you so much for you comments in my blog
this bikinis are so pretty i love so the Emilo pucci

bye =))

aizat.cinta.goddess said...

if me i will choose the MIMI by is so different!!

sassy and sexy!!

love it..

Miss at la Playa said...

great guide! I must buy one of those for this summer

Ana said...

Ooh great post. I love the vintage looking ones.
Would you like to trade links?

miss cavendish said...

Lovely swimsuits. I'm partial to the Pucci suits, as those colors always look so lovely next to the ocean. I'm enjoying your lovely blog and plan to add it to my list.

LML said...

i am in love with retro feminine bathing suits!

Psyche said...

I love your selections. I always buy a two piece, but this year I think I am leaning towards those retro one piece suits-very chic.

Times of Glory said...

To LBIC: Yes, Myla is one of my favourite from design to material xx

To Nadine: Dear, try when they are on sale xx

To fashion herald: Thank you my dear! That's what I was thinking xx

To stilettostetico: Darling Antoine, it's scary that you seem can see what I was wondering at! Couple of Agent Provocateur has really caught my eye! Dear, you know my style very well xxxxxx

To Super Kawaii Mama: Thank you so much my dear! You are my stylish lady as always xx

To Paris: You will rock in that outfit! Thank you so much for your ever lovely comment as always xx

To Cammila: Dear, I did that in the past! Then, I said to myself... never mind, I love to even just look at it! I know it sounds silly, but you never know and you may need it tomorrow x

To The Seeker: Try the detachable straps! Also, dear the ones from Kushcush has UV50+ lycra!

To Jen (MahaloFashion): I know... when I saw those photos, I just said, God, I want to buy bikinis xx

To Naomi: Thank you for stopping by and your comment! You are so lovely xx

To Valentine: Pucci has great colour and it is ever so classy! A great choice!

To aizat.cinta.goddess: Mimi is something classy and unusual! I love it xx

To Miss at la Playa: They are just darlings! When I saw those... I want bikinis xx

To Ana: I've added you in, Ana xx

To miss cavendish: Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I've added you in xx

ROBOTS said...

good summer for you!

rohit said...




Jill said...

I love the vintage styled options that have become very popular of late. I really would like to try some for myself.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty pictures! Hope you are having a great weekend dear!


Sarah said...

I've always lusted after a Missoni bikini but the weathers not good enough to justify it where I am! That Myla swimsuit is gorgeous, it's very unusual!
I've been enjoying reading through your past posts, your style is amazing I adore your blog!

Winnie said...

Gosh, I love the one worn by Rachel Bilson, it's so cute! The pink pucci bikini is lovely!

enc said...

I really like the AP looks!

Rose said...

my eye is fixed on the mimi by myla one. It's so gorgeous.

To Rose: Dear, your sweet words have made my day!

lol i'll say it a hundred or a thousand times then whenever for your outfit post, to make it a few years or so. haha

Siljesfashion said...

Love the retro look. All these are amazing! Loving the AP although I think its more likely that I will spend less on such a garment. I think Kelly Brook for new Look is great, cheaper and still the right style.

stilettostetico said...

ps: Mmmh Mmmh, You know Dear, I'm not a "medium" BUT a great specialist in forecasts (YES, YES, YES, YES, especially in Football but not Only !!! )
So, have you choose (bracket indiscretion . . . )?

A Bientôt, Antoine

Carolina Lange said...

Amazing post! I live in Brazil, so I'm allways looking for e great new bikini! Even at winter time!

Aretha said...

Hey girl!
I really love retro swimsuits, they look so great and cool but I like the two pieces too, in bright colors

George Amaral said...

Hello there!
Thanks for visiting my humble sketchbook! You are very sweet.

Loved your blog too! Fashion is always very useful to an artist like me!

Bye! George