An Ode to Vintage Barbie

Summer has been a bit of a disappointment this year with very few hot sunny days suitable to hit the beach where I live. As it’s quickly winding down, I am getting more and more excited for our upcoming trip to Jamaica next month. Our plans include lounging by the pool and beach, in you guessed it…swimwear! My suitcase is going to be loaded with all my vintage and vintage reproduction suits which will definitely include the Fables by Barrie Vintage Barbie inspired bikini. The Caitlin Swim Bra and Amelia Bikini Bottoms are a fabulous duo when paired together, both pieces I picked up during their yearly end of season sale (currently on now).

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $68-70USD

IMG_2491The versatility of Fables mix and match pieces bode well for those of us who have uneven proportions from top and bottom. Originally when I ordered the Caitlin and Amelia, I thought a size Large was the best way to go since I was in between sizes and my hips at the time (42”) actually exceeded that size. Let’s just say, I made a very bad decision with size selection as they were much too large all over and had to exchange them both for a size Medium. Thankfully Barrie was very kind to allow me to exchange them for the proper size with no hassle. When the replacement size arrived, I saw that the Caitlin Swim Bra was not holding in my bust very well and had some severe spillage happening. Since I already knew I had to shorten the band for my narrow underbust, I brought it to my seamstress to see if she could tweak it a little to give me more support since I truly love the set so much. She is one talented lady; she simply inserted two small darts in the cup area which are concealed by the halter straps. Tada! Perfect fit achieved!

IMG_2501The Caitlin Swim Bra features an underwire support, lightly padded, fully lined with adjustable halter straps and two little ribbon bows to add a little cuteness factor. The solid black is perfect to mix with just about any bikini bottoms you already own and of course with several styles in the Fables collection. Since I was adamant in owning a vintage Barbie inspired swimsuit, the Amelia Bikini Bottom in black & white chevron was a no brainer. The Amelia Bikini Bottoms are designed with a high waist, are fully lined and very flattering to your figure. They also can be paired with a variety of bikini tops and available in two other colourways.

IMG_2495When we were in the Bahamas last May for our wedding, I was adamant on finding a black & white wide brimmed straw hat to match my vintage Barbie bikini. Unfortunately, I never found one that was just right but I am still on a mission to get one before our trip to Jamaica. Although a solid black straw hat would pair nicely, I am holding out for the black & white. Simply pair a white tie sarong for a little more coverage while you feel like going for a stroll. Some of you may have spotted that my pinup tattoo of Stephanie Castro is actually wearing a vintage Barbie style bathing suit too!

IMG_2493I absolutely adore Fables by Barrie as a whole; their creator Barrie is such an amazing lady and listens to her customers’ feedback and makes it happen. They not only make incredible swimsuits, but have a full line of sexy Western clothing which includes the infamous Scarlett Bustier that I will review in the near future.

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