The Bathing Suits Your Favourite Style Icons Wore

Call it a case of golden age syndrome, but we can’t help but turn to the past for inspiration season after season. This summer we’re looking at style icons like Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, and even Josephine Baker for ways to make our swimwear looks better than ever, and though we’re being nostalgic, the 17 images below feel anything but outdated.

Scroll down to see our list, and shop our vintage-inspired swim boutique to get their looks.

 

 

Ali MacGraw, 1983

Photo:

John Bryson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Brigitte Bardot, 1955

Photo:

Herzog/ullstein bild via Getty Images
Dorothy Dandridge, 1940

Photo:

Gilles Petard/Redferns
Audrey Hepburn, 1966

Photo:

Pierluigi/REX USA
Elizabeth Taylor, 1947

Photo:

Bob Landry/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Grace Kelly, 1956

Photo:

Keystone/Getty Image
Jayne Mansfield, 1953

Photo:

Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1975

Photo:

Anastasselis POLYDOROS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Jane Birkin, 1969

Photo:

Victor Blackman/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Jean Seberg, 1958

Photo:

Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pam Grier, 1975

Photo:

Jet Magazine
Josephine Baker, 1920s

Photo:

AFP/Getty Images
Lauren Bacall, 1954

Photo:

SNAP/Rex/REX USA
Marilyn Monroe, 1951

Photo:

Archive Photos/Getty Images
Raquel Welch, 1960

Photo:

Popperfoto/Getty Image
Sophia Loren, 1961

Photo:

Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Twiggy, 1967

Photo:

Everett Collection/REX USA

Did you find any of the looks inspiring? Share your favourites with us in the comments!