By Ella Simpson


Last weekend’s sunshine has produced a surge in joggers, power walkers and exercise fanatics in my local park. Women’s magazines are filled with the obligatory summer diet plans that promise to shift that spare tire that’s hidden beneath layers of clothes all winter long. With summer holidays just around the corner, many will decamp to the seaside to de-stress and replenish those depleted vitamin D levels. That’s right – swimwear season is here. Something that – for some – can strike fear to the very core!

Buying a swimsuit is another one of those tasks that remind me that I was born in the wrong decade, for modern swimwear holds little appeal to this shopper. Thongs, high cut legs, and dental floss tying things together flatter few over the age of 18 and above a size 8. As for the emotional trauma caused by those changing room fluorescent lights…

What I truly long for is the swimwear of days gone by. Bathing suits of the 1950s were classy, glamorous and, above all else, flattering. Why, I wonder, has the world left all this behind? But fear not… here at Vintage Life we’ve discovered the answer to all your swimsuit woes – For Luna Swimwear.


London based For Luna Swimwear specialises in glamorous retro inspired swimwear, offering an amazing selection of 1950s-style swimsuits and bikinis. For Luna harks back to the golden age of Hollywood with low leg cuts, high-waisted bikini bottoms, gathered fabric, and excellent support. Think Marilyn Monroe in that classic white one-piece or Jayne Mansfield in her wild, leopard-print bikini.

Retailing at £68, these swimsuits aren’t cheap, but they’re built to last. I’ve had a beautiful emerald green number I bought from them for over four years now and it’s still in good condition and provides the support I need. I’ll be adding to my collection this year ahead of a trip to High Rockabilly in September. My personal favourite is ‘The Carmen’, a black one piece with vibrant tropical flowers – perfect for channeling my inner Carmen Miranda while sipping Pina Coladas. But then, The Sailor Jeri, a fun nautical-inspired number with a cute anchor print, is also calling my name! These suits not only indulge my fondness for 1950s swimwear but also, for the first time in years, give me confidence on the beach. All For Luna swimsuits have a hidden shapewear panel in the front and clever ruching, which disguises any lumps and bumps. Even my (usually bothersome) E cups are supported, thanks to a structured lining inside the cups and the reinforced band that sits beneath the bust. The high-waited bikinis are also super flattering with a slimming cut that hides unwanted bulges and cinches the midsection, bringing out your inner pinup girl!

Shopping online is just so easy and with postage just £3 worldwide and a ‘no questions asked’ returns policy, For Luna really offer a fantastic service. Besides, the horrors of day-glo changing room lights or pushy sales assistants are of no consequence when I try swimsuits on in the comfort of my own home! Owner Elaine or one of her team members offer excellent customer service including friendly and expert advice on colour, style and size via email at every stage. “So many women dread swimsuit season” says Elaine, “But I promise you, everyone looks good in our beautiful retro styles. We have a whole range of patterns in both swimsuits and bikinis, from plain black to leopard print, and for those that are a little bit more adventurous we even do a cute lobster print! We offer sizes 8-18 and can provide advice on sizes and of course, if something doesn’t fit or suit, we’ll give a full refund or provide a quick exchange ” she continues. “We can even do same day delivery in London or next day delivery across the UK if something is needed urgently!”


So this summer, embrace swimsuit season and treat yourself to a glamorous new swimsuit from For Luna – the perfect choice for beach belles and poolside pretties everywhere!




Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!