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{DO-IT-RIGHT} – How To Men’s Vintage-Style [Swimsuit Inspiration]

It’s official, swimsuit season is here, and that beautiful tropical heat is beckoning for all of us to take a dive into the nearest pool of water – any pool of water! While we prefer the beach, community pools, water parks, and backyard bashes all call for appropriate swim gear.

Here at The Eye of Faith, you know how much we love vintage clothing, but when it comes to swimsuits for men – a really great piece of true vintage is extremely rare to come by in this department.

If you can find a piece that is void of rips, holes, and stains, it is only half the battle.

While these days, most swimsuits are made using water-friendly fabrics such as polyster or nylon, most “true vintage” pieces dating between the 1910s-1950s are made from not-so-water-friendly fabrics such as cotton, wool, and yarn (making them extremely HEAVY) . In fact, your best bet, if you come across one of these pieces, or have one lying around, might be to save it for a museum (which isn’t that bad…)!

But, as we mentioned, the sun is screaming for us now – and the waves are not going to stop crashing anytime soon, so what do you do when you want that authentic vintage style, but can’t find the real thing?!

Look no further, as always, The Eye of Faith has you covered for ideas and inspiration.

Luckily, many of the top fashion brands out there know the staying power of vintage, and provide everything you need to create that vintage look without destroying a valuable piece of history.

Taking some of our favorite snapshots of the past, we were able to put together some vintage-inspired swimsuits from some of our favorite online fashion and style destinations, so you can get the look you aspire to.

1910s – 1920s

“All-white and flesh-colored suits were discouraged as anatomical details were too clear. Nothing below the armpits could be shown on the chest. Men’s suits needed a skirt or skirt effect, worn outside the trunks. The leg could not be shorter than 4 inches from the knee and the skirt not shorter than two inches above the bottom of the trunks.”

-“Bathing Suit Regulations in the American City” by the American Association of Park Superintendents {circa. 1917}

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The turn-of-the-century was a huge turning-point for swimwear, and what were once cumbersome full-piece suits that would keep you almost fully covered, evolved into lighter, slouchier, more casual one-pieces made from yarn or wool.

While, the one piece isn’t necessarily something you’d consider wearing into the pool, taking cues from vintage snapshots featuring these unique looks is a fantastic source of inspiration.

You will find a lot of graphic simplicity in the suits that feature details like ribbing, stripes, and buttons. This is what we looked for in putting together our inspired looks. You can keep to the dark palette of the era, but don’t be afraid to shake up the past with a little color!

{Sparks Aaron Oversized Pocket Tank} from ASOS.

{Two Square Vinny Stripe Tank} from ASOS.

{Rachel Comey Swim Trunks in Grey} from OPENING CEREMONY.

{Nautical Tank in Grey and/or Blue} from ASOS.

{Oiler and Boiler Stripe Swim Trunks} from ASOS.

{Religion Button-Up Tank} from ASOS.

{VANS Stripe Tank} from ASOS.

{Rachel Comey Swim Trunks in RED/BLUE} from OPENING CEREMONY.

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1930s – 1940s

By the 1930s and into the 40s, the slouchy looks of the 10s and 20s had been exchanged for tighter formfitting swimmers. The one-piece has not yet been retired, but for the first time swimwear became available with “Tops” and/or “Bottoms”, giving men the choice to go topless on the beach, causing quite the uproar.

+NYLON was the first completely synthetic fabric

invented by DuPont in 1938+

You will find the look has cleaned up, embracing the body, and elevating it to Olympic proportions. When going for a look inspired by the 30s and 40s, think athletic, and tight. Don’t be afraid to go for speedos and swim trunks made from elastic materials for that skin-tight effect.

We turned to snapshots of life guards from the period, as well as some of the Golden Gods of Hollywood for our inspiration.


{Cheap Monday Kim Printed Tank} from ASOS.

{Hugo Boss Panrea Swim Shorts} from MACY’s.

{Adidas Original Tank with Trefoil Logo} from ASOS.

{Shorts People Classic Board Shorts} from OPENING CEREMONY.

Clockwise from Left:

{Emporio Armani Stretch Cotton Black Tank} from ASOS.

{Diesel Tank} from ASOS.

{Hugo Boss Solid Oyster Swim Shorts} from MACY’s.

{Speedo Shoreline Swim Briefs} from MACY’s.

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1950s – 60s.

Swim trunks for men really came into their own by the 1950s. Instead of wool and yarn, cotton became the fabric of choice, and no longer was wearing swim trunks without a top an impolite statement.

Movie stars continued to push the popularity of the boxer swimsuit, and soon the beach boy surfer became the accepted ideal. The addition of bright colors and exotic patterns is something we still see today.

Today, finding this look is easy, and many of the industry’s top fashion labels feature cuts and prints directly inspired by this era. Look out for retro patterns and colors that evoke notions of paradise. The cut really is key, making sure to keep it short.

There’s no doubt, the beach boy on the surf is as classic as it gets, and is an easily achievable look today.

Clockwise from Left:

{Hartford Fish Trunks} from ASOS.

{Oiler & Boiler Stars Classic Swim Trunks} from ASOS.

{River Island Car Print Swim Shorts} from ASOS.

{Oiler & Boiler Tuckernuck Island Swim Short} from ASOS.

Clockwise from Left:

{Hartford Paisley Swim Trunks} from ASOS.

{Shorts People Grey Floral Swim Trunks} from OPENING CEREMONY.

{ASOS Geo Print Swim Trunks} from ASOS.

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 +HISTORIA MAGISTRA VITAE+

“History is the Teacher of Life

So no fret, my fine fellows, if you’re not finding that great pair of vintage swim shorts you dream of – you’re not the only one. But until then, there are dozens of easy ways to achieve your vintage fantasies, and all it takes is a little inspiration!

By looking through dozens of vintage photographs, advertising, fashion plates, and magazines we were able to sum up certain elements that characterized each era:

1910s-20s: Slouchy, Simple, Graphic

1930s-40s: Athletic & Form Fitting

1950s-60s: Cut, Colour, Pattern

By applying these characteristics, you can easily satisfy those vintage aspirations! Best thing is, now that we’re into swimsuit season – most of these summer styles are on or heading to the SALE section, which means you can save some bucks!

If you’re a true vintage swimsuit aficionado, we will be keeping our {EYE} out, and in the meantime don’t hesitate to try eBayvintage suits do show up, but they go very quickly, so react fast!

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Setting Up For Satan: Fresh Design Tips for a New “Aeon”

“Rosemary’s Baby” remains one of the single most affecting, and stylish films to ever grace the silver screen. Based on the bestselling novel by Ira Levin (“The Stepford Wives”), the film serves up the frightening tale of an innocent young couple pulled deep into a darkness once imaginable in the heart of New York City.

Many argue the darkness still purveys more than ever in urban sprawls all over the world. No longer should you fear the woods at night, as much as the threat of our own neighbours, and the things we can’t see, that has begun to send shivers up your spine. As Gary Indiana of the Village Voice describes:

“The movie appeared at a moment of optimum spiritual chaos in American life. Rosemary’s Baby remains an iconic memory trace of a time when anything seemed possible, including the birth of the Anti-Christ”.

The fear still prevails more than ever in these times, and many would argue that SATAN can be found everywhere we look these days; television, film, books, and of course, FASHION.

But, paranoid speculation aside, perhaps one of the greatest aspects of Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic, is the devilishly divine design by Richard Sylbert. Setting the film in the both epic and ominous Dakota Building in New York City, Sylbet acts on the trends and compulsions of the time that really give definition to Rosemary’s characterization.

Prim and proper Rosemary- the picture of perfection, really. From her committed DIY efforts around the apartment, to her of-the-moment Vidal Sassoon haircut (“Don’t you like it?”), Rosemary is a portrait of a woman, perhaps society, committed to doing what’s “Right”. In the end, her constant commitment to being the “good girl” has led her down the darkest path of all.

Artwork by Aaron Duarte for The Eye of Faith

Being obsessive fans of the film’s decor, it was such a treat to stumble upon “Rosemary’s Baby: Devilish Decor” on Nowness.com! The site always features dynamic and interesting stories in the realm of art, design, film, and fashion, but the celebration of Mia Farrow’s 67th birthday with a hillarious How-To for Satanist’ provided by blogging duo Unahppy Hipsters is just what Doctor Sapperstein ordered!

Gotta give it to Richard Sylbet for being so on-point with the yellow for 1968, considering the film would have started production at least a year before! Thanks Unhappy Hipsters and Nowness for this dangerous delight!

Artwork by Aaron Duarte for The Eye of Faith.

“All the while Rosemary is remaking the apartment to suit her needs, the building (and its inhabitants) are remaking her to suit theirs, which makes her choices of bright white walls and sunny yellow fabrics seem at first hopeful, then increasingly creepy.”

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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+STYLE STAR+ INTERGALACTIC SUMMER WARRIOR of the Wu-Tang Clan, Morris Fox.

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We were pleased to find Montreal/Toronto artist Morris Fox rocking his summer best the other afternoon and were eager to catalogue his Intergalactic Urban Summer Warrior look for the books.

He is wearing a hand-dyed and painted galaxy take-over of a vintage Wu-Tang tank top (a Morris Fox Original), and a sick pair of DIY denim shorts (artists have all the secrets to getting the job done right).

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The pièce de résistance? An amazing vintage trucker hat with a killer 80s ‘INTRUDER’ graphic that includs radiating Hawk Eyes and a jet plane racing down a runway. Beyond!

Round it all out with a pair of leather boat shoes and you’re in style stardom, for sure, my friend!!!

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Talk about bring the {PAST} into the {FUTURE}; this is a great example of how a little imagination and skill can appropriate a tired article of the past into a vivid work of art that treads past the trends of today, and leads a vision towards a distinct new hope.

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Morris Fox from “Supra Violet Emanations”

Morris is inspired by archaeology, mythology, contemporary culture and seminal works of artists in the 20th/21st centuries, and also happens to be a close friend of The Eye of Faith.

This summer he is co-curating the Roundtable Residency at The Dragon Academy which The Eye of Faith’s own co-editor and artistic director Aaron Robert Duarte is very proud to be a part of.

Will keep you posted on all the art news, but until then, enjoy the wicked outfit, and check out some of Morris’ out-of-this-world-in-this-world art on his website, and be sure to GIVE HIM A LIKE on Facebook while you’re at it.

Morris Fox, “Foxhole” Installation – Wreck City, Calgary (2013)

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Until next time . . .

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and make sure also to visit the {SHOP} for some insane, incredible deals to be had with 50 % OFF select summer items.

Some items are as low as $8 for clothing

and $3 for select vintage photographs

so CHECK IT OUT.

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day [July 9,2012]

{Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou circa. 1965}

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Commercial Break: “Match Your Mood”- Amazing 1960s Short Film for Westinghouse

They’ve come a long way, but there’s definitely something to be said for the jiv and the jive the Ad Men gave this amazing 1960s short film for Westinghouse. Allowing you to “Match Your Mood”, these DIY decals would allow you to really jazz up your refrigerator to work with your groovy decor. Seems like the Agency maybe thought this could be the answer to many housewives’ boredom. Beats shock therapy…

Beginning with a walk in the park, the film ends in an all-out party showing us how cool life can be, especially if you go for the stars and stripes!

Sounds a little desperate for attention, because it is….so give it a watch, you won’t regret it!

{the Eye}

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