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Vintage Summer Style Inspiration – Bikinis, Beaches, Babes, and Bond!

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Canada is infamous for its cold weather, but we were shocked to wake up to snowfall in April this morning! Needles to say, it had us yearning for those days of blissful sunshine and relaxing on the beach.

Sometimes we use inspiration to invoke a certain spirit to amp up our day, but on days like this, inspiration can be used to transport oneself to new worlds. In our case, we were looking for much hotter destinations to take us away from this bitter cold.

This being said, we easily found ourselves taken away to the beach, and who better to spend a day at the beach with than the impenetrable, secret agent, 007 himself – Bond. James Bond.

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And if you’re friends with Bond, you’re likely to rub shoulders and elbows (maybe more) with any number of his beautiful beach bunny sweethearts. But don’t get too cozy in the sand just yet. Some of these beach bod bombshells are not to be trusted, and some of them have a bark that’s worse than their bite. So maybe best to just admire from the distance and let Bond do the dirty work . . .

From Honey Rider to Agent XXX, Bond has had more than his handful of beautiful women, which could account for his own impeccable sense of style. He is a man that knows it pays to look your best!

So enough chit-chat! Feel the sand between your toes, and lets hit the waves!

Can you feel the heat already?

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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.

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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.

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{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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“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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DISCOVERED: {1936-1942} San Onofre Surf Memories by Don James

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Wave Warriors {1937 – San Onofre, California}

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These beautiful snapshots were taken by photographer Don James between the years 1936 and 1942 on the shores of San Onofre, California. Whether black and white, or the gorgeously desaturated Kodachrome prints, each photograph is a beautiful lost memory of fun had, and good times past.

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Check out the waves, and all them cool cats.

Don’t you think these pictures could have been taken yesterday?

I love turning to old vintage snapshots like these for a good luck at how people dressed, and how little has changed!

Especially now that the vintage surf look is in vogue, these photographs can provide some sunny summer inspiration for your days to come.

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The Way We Dressed is the Way We Dress.

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Who says you can’t repeat the past? Enjoy these gorgeous pics and have a blast today. Promise?

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{DISCOVERED} Bathing in Brighton: Vintage Memories and Musings

Who are the  dapper gents in top hats and scandalous bathing shorts?

None other than some of the original members of The Brighton Swimming Club. This photo was taken circa 1863 by photographer Benjamin Botham.

Seems like the boys of Brighton have been stirring up a lot of conversation on the net, which seems quite remarkable for a one hundred and forty nine year old memory!

It’s remarkable that photographs like this have survived,  helping keep the past alive, and showing all of us here in the {PRESENT} the weird and wonderful moments of the past they don’t teach you in history class.

The Brighton Swim Club was established on May 4th, 1860, following a meeting of swimming enthusiasts at The Jolly Fisherman in Brighton’s Market Street. The members, all serious for the sport, were completely revolutionary to the strict mandates of Victorian dress codes often ditching their scanty shorts to swim the seas nude.

As noted in our story on Men’s Vintage Swimwear Styles, swimsuits were made of heavy cottons or wools and covered most of the body, making it highly uncomfortable and straining.

Due to public outrage over the sight of the naked male swimmers, authorities in Brighton would introduce regulations that insisted that men who wanted to swim on the main beach between the hours of 8 AM and 9PM, would have to wear a bathing costume to “preserve public decency”.

{The club’s  “two-dolphins” crest is embroidered on these suits – a symbol of the seaside town. This photo was taken outside their clubhouse at No. 231 King’s Road Arches on March 1881}

That’s where the calecons, a French creation, came into play allowing for the coverage authorities desired, and the lack of coverage desired by the club members. They were truly rebels of the waters, treading the fine lines of societal morality and the function they knew they (and WE) needed!

The Brighton Swimming Club is still alive and well today! The Swimming Club has gone through great efforts to keep their history in tact so all can see. Floating Memories is an archive dedicated to preserving and curating their collected history, and features a remarkable database of vintage clothing and lifestyle. Their Vimeo channel yields some true wonders!


If you enjoy the beach (I know you do), and vintage styles (I know you do too) be sure to check this out!

Thanks to Callum James for bringing this remarkable tradition to our attention. His blog Front Free Endpaper features many cool vintage treasures to adore. Also David Simkin, whose Sussex Photo History blog featured a brilliant page on The Brighton Swimming Club, including a detailed breakdown of that fantastic picture of the gentleman wearing top hats that’s been buzzing around the place!

Once again, history prevails and shows it’s not going away anytime soon. So have fun! Do what you want!

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

Sincerely,

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This is How They Do. “Come Into The Water” (1929)

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“I don’t mind giving money to orphans, but I draw the line at working for them.”

Oh, the 1920s, how I love thee so. You must check out this incredibly silly, weird, and wonderful crazy flapper beach ballet to the tune “Come into the Water”. The ladies are rehearsing tirelessly for the upcoming Orphans’ Benefit.

The clip starts off with some impressively fluid camera movement along the bustling shoreline, revealing all the beach fun that could be had in 1929 including beach volleyball and the charleston! Some things never change . . .

It’s just a short clip, this one. Just enough to make you smile. Check it out!

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DISCOVERED: Vintage Surf Summer Memories . . .

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Amazing vintage photographs by Leroy Grannis {1917 – 2011}

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{STYLE WISE} – The Boys of Summer, Part 1

Don’t know where you are, but here in Toronto the heat has been steadily on the incline. Seems like we’re experiencing a bit of a heat wave, which definitely isn’t the worst thing. After all, we could be getting whipped in the face by clawing cold winds! Not cool. Not in the least.

Apart from escape the cruel contempt of Winter, the Summer brings many unexpected joys such as seeing family, hanging with your chums, maybe even taking a little vacation to a sweet spot far from the hustle of the everyday. That’s what we LIVE for, here at The Eye of Faiththe glory of Summer, as it blooms from the blossom of Spring…

There’s something else the heat conjures from the sand, and that’s The Boys of Summer. No matter where you are, you can find them. Legend has portrayed them as a fun and rambunctious group of gents, grazing the shores for action. Some of them you can even spot in a variety of stripes, spots, or patterns.

The Boys of Summer have coexisted with Mankind now for thousands of years, but only since the development of photography have we been able to keep such brilliant record of these strange and wonderful creatures. While some things have changed (bathing suit fashions), one thing will always be the same, and that’s the pure fun and joy of being able to strut your stuff in the sun.

This is Part 1 of a series of photos entitled “The Boys of Summer“. The dates of the photos range between the 1910s to the 1970s, and really showcase the staying power of true vintage styles!

Enjoy the fun, and don’t get sand in your ears!

Sincerely,

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E.O.F. Style Idol: Frankie Avalon, Teen Idol Worship

“I think today’s music absolutely stinks. I really do mean that.”

Frankie Avalon (b.1940).

Don’t worry, we know. Considering today’s reigning teen idol is Mr. Justin Bieber – you know him- it’s easy to see Mr. Avalon’s remorse. Sure the boy from Stratford has plenty of swag, but to Frankie Avalon I’m sure he’s no Teen Angel!

Frankie ascended the throne of Teen Supreme  starring in “Beach Party”with Beachgirl Extraordinarie Annette Funicello, the first of five official “Beach Party” films that would spin “Beach Party” mythology into the public realm, and without a doubt kick fashion’s ass.

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Frankie Avalon was far too much a sweetheart to ever kick anyone’s ass, but his die-hard all american 1960s summer fashions definitely do all the talking anyone needs.

It would be this single released Feb. 2, 1959 , “Venus”, that would debut a young gentleman from Philadelphia’s sparkling talents. Couldn’t imagine the Biebs crooning so cool.

So please enjoy…1959-style!

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