Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Best Bikinis in History

In honour of summer, I thought I would do a post dedicated to some of the most best - and most famous - bikinis of all time. One of my favorite pastimes in the summer involves a bikini, a drink, a fashion magazine, and the sun. If I'm lucky, there might my a bit of sparkling sea or lake nearby. Now, a fabulous bikini is one thing, but ladies don't forget the accessories! A hat, some jewels, sandals...these are all important components to any seaside ensemble. Please let me know if you think I missed any!

Ursula Andress in 1963's Dr. No. One of the most well-known Bond chicks, Honey Ryder knows how to accessorize her infamous white bikini with a knife belt. Emerging from the sea with her conch shells, she created the most well-known bikini scene in film history.

How I would style it: Lose the knife, unless you really are a conch fisherwoman, and keep everything else.

Raquel Welch wears a fur bikini in One Million Years BC, 1966. While not so practical for the beach, or anywhere else really, Ms. Welch does look fierce in her prehistoric fashion.

How I would style it: For Halloween. That is about it.

Brigitte Bardot, the French bombshell, was credited with bringing the bikini to American beaches in the early 1960s, where it was previously considered scanalous. Ms. Bardot (who in recent years has become a bit of nut), is one of my blonde muses. Everytime I do a cateye, I think of her.

How I would style it: Add some huge sunglasses, because now there is the papparazzi to hide from.

Marilyn Monroe, the most famous sex symbol of all time. Of course it would be her to pair her bikini with heels. Bringing the glam, love it!
How I would style it: Add an oversize hat. Bikini + heels + big hat = glam rich lady.

Pamela Anderson, in full Baywatch regalia, circa 1992. This is only included because the Baywatch swimsuit is so famous, and it's kinda funny.
How I would style it: I wouldn't. Super-high cut swimsuits really should stay in the '90s.

Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Ariel's purple bikini top is one fashion statement that made a huge impression on me as a 5-year old. Sadly, once she got legs wearing a bikini was perhaps not so acceptable.
How I would style it: Again, for Haloween! And I did...

I wish you all a summer full of bikinis and beaches!

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