Despite the gray and blustery weather we've been having lately, it's only be a matter of time before the sun shines constantly and beach season is upon us! Whether you've been dreading the big reveal or you're working out like a banshee to look good in a bikini, a cute swimsuit ranks high on the list of beach and pool time essentials--a fact I was reminded of recently when I received an email from designer Pamela Levenson of Popina Swimwear.
Originally from Victoria, BC, Pamela is now based in Portland, OR, where she runs her brick-and-mortar boutique and sells her swimwear online. Popina draws its inspiration from the retro chic swimsuits of the 40s and the 50s--fun, feminine, figure-flattering silhouettes that are stylish without, ahem, letting it all hang out. I especially love the one-piece suits with boy-cut bottoms and halter ties.
The retro halter style ($75) is available in an adorable heart print as well as other colours. I like how the black one channels screen siren sexiness.
The 'Sadie' ($78) keeps things cute and covered-up.
Popina isn't all about the Esther Williams-inspired one-piece swimsuits, though. For those chicas who love their bikinis or simply want to mix and match swimwear looks, the label has a variety of options in tops, bottoms, and tankinis. Definitely check out Popina's website if you're frustrated with swimwear shopping in your hometown!