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Pin-Up Girl Beach Style — Rachel Comey Goes Retro And Prim With Her Swim 2012 Collection

These days, when most bathing suits feature plunging, to-the-belly-button necklines, revealing cut-outs, and thong bottoms, designer Rachel Comey is striking back against the hypersexual swimwear arena, releasing a collection consisting of modest and conservative pieces that feel elegant in their retro chic appeal rather than seeming dated or matronly.

The Midge Suit ($299 at RachelComey.com) pictured at top, for instance, offer full coverage along the bottom, so that the sides won’t reveal too much of your hips or upper thighs while the bustier-style top is high enough to cover your entire bosom, making nip-slips practically impossible. Made of 92% polyester and 8% spandex, the Midge Suit is available in a classic black color or in an emerald green trompe l’oeil cable print with white trim along the  bust and the removable shoulder straps. The best part: the suit includes a small pocket along the left hip so you can stash  your cash or ID.

Similarly, the Duke Suit ($276 at RachelComey.com) shown second from top represents a more discreet take on the traditional halter one-piece swimsuit, with a markedly higher neckline and a high-waisted brief with lower-cut leg openings for greater coverage. Though the overall silhouette reads as 1940s-inspired, the open back and the cheeky triangular cut-out above the waist add a hint of mischief to the swimsuit, which is available in black with a chocolate brown graphic print.

If you’re more of a two-piece suit girl, you’ll appreciate the Beach Set ($322 at RachelComey.com) bikini, perhaps the most pin-up worthy offering in the collection with its high-waisted briefs and its halter top, with wrap-around ties that can be knotted into a bow at the front. The Betty Grable-flavored Beach Set features a similarly nostalgic nautical-feeling, diagonal stripe print print, which Comey created by hand-dying, sun drying, and block printing the textile. 
Tap into your inner Yvonne De Carlo, Jeanne Crain, or Carole Landis and hit the beach like a true 1940s Vargas Girl. Victory rolls optional.
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