1950s Swimsuits

 

1950s Swimsuits

1950s Swimsuits were still fairly conservative. Most of the pictures shown below are of fashion models and pin-up girls. The swimwear is not necessarily what you would have found the average woman wearing to the beach or out in public.

Two piece suits were becoming the norm but the belly button was generally covered. Lower suit bottoms were hitting the market from France and younger girls in particular were beginning to show their courage in wearing them.

American designers were slow to catch up to the trend so fashion models were forced to improvise. Bunny Yeager a model turned fashion photographer often made her own suits for her models to wear giving her a leg up on her all male competition. Many of the photos below were taken by her.

Some of these models names you will easily recognize, others could have been found gracing the pages of the Men’s Magazines of the day.

Bridgette Bardo

Chris Mara

Cindy Lee

Denise Lamont

Dottie Skyes

Eleanor Lucky

Gigi Reynolds

Jackie Walker

Jayne Mansfield

Joyce Nizzari

Julie Newmar

Julie Padillo

Julie Padillo

Julie Saxon

Kathleen Stanley

Kelly Evans

Kin Novak

Kim Novak 1956

Kim Novak 1957

Lana Basham

Lillian Bell

Linda Vargas

Linda Vargas

Lori Shea

Lynn Brooks

Mara Lindsey

Marcia Villabus

Maria Stinger

Marilyn Monroe

Meg Myles

Photo shot in Miami Beach

Myrna Weber

Betty Paige

Betty Paige

Pat Stanford

Sue James

Suzanne Harting

Terry Shaw

Terry Shaw

Tina Tiffany

Susan Winters

Bunny Yeager

Betty Paige

Men’s Swimsuits

Men’s swimwear by McGregor

Men wore coordinated swim trunks and shirt

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