Bathing Caps: Revive This Fun and Playful 50s Style!

Pinup styles are coming back with a vengeance. We’ve seen trendy wiggle dresses, pin curls, waist cinchers, and seamed stockings seep back into the mainstream and enjoy some much-deserved attention lately.

But some retro items are still sorely missed. And one of these is the adorable, cheeky, oh-so-cute bathing cap of the 1950s!

Bathing cap?” you exclaim, with a puzzled look on your face. “Bathing cap?! Aren’t those just for grandmothers?

The answer to that question is an emphatic no!

Not only do these items protect hair from harsh saltwater and chlorine (a must for those of us with high-maintenance artificial haircolors). But with one of these beauties, you’ll stand out from the crowd, look cute as a button, and sport real retro flair. Bathing caps (also called swim caps) used to grace the pages of Vogue. They were donned in movies by the singing  beauty Esther Williams and the iconically gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor.

If you’re lucky, you can snag a vintage cap from a resale shop; but they’re notoriously hard to locate.

Luckily, there are a few companies that have begun to manufacture caps once again. Here are a few of the top unforgettable styles:

And, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a lovely reel from the 50s about swim cap fashion. Some of them are absolutely stunning!

So, what do you think? Do you plan on sporting a swim cap this  Spring? Is this one fashion statement that’s too over the top for modern times? Which cap style is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know…

About The Dirty Blonde

THE DIRTY BLONDE is a Texas bombshell and burlesque performer.

Posted on January 26, 2012, in Women's Fashion & Style and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. swim caps would solve so many problems! and I love that film reel – so fun!

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