|The classic staple of the swimmer's wardrobe.|
|Newer on the scene, the lowest drag, most advanced and most unflattering all in one.|
But I saw this as the ultimate challenge. How to combine functionality, practicality and the overwhelming importance of aesthetic. In other words, and not to be daunted, I saw this as the perfect justification for combining my love for swimming with my love for buying and my love for fifties fashion and bright colours. Having ruled out racing one pieces as uncomfortable, uninteresting or just plain ugly, my quest for the perfect fashion-forward and functional bikini began.
My search began, quite naturally, on the internet. Racing swimwear styles of today may not suit my body shape, but surely, swimwear shapes of the fifties might get me closer to the mark. And if you're talking swimwear and the fifties, then all roads seem to lead to Esther Williams.
|In racing swimmers and swimming cap - Esther Williams|
|Promotional film shot|
|Classic Fifties Style Bikini Swimsuit Cherry Pink|
So while I was looking at fifties swimsuits, maybe I should check out the origins and the popularity of the bikini itself. After all, even though the string bikini option may not be appropriate, I could get some fabric ideas on what to look for in my dream lap bikini. The modern bikini was invented by French engineer Louis Réard in 1946 and named it after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, the site of the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests in July that year.
|Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in Dr No|
So, a retro-ish fit, bikini style, polkadot chlorine resistant fabric with built in support would be ideal for my lap swimmers. With a white or red cap and matching goggles. But where to find them?
And then, one day, sitting at my local pool after my swim in my transparent swimsuit and feeling really really annoyed about the total dearth of decent lap swimwear available I happened to notice a catalogue for a brand called Funkita - which seemed to be full of really cute fabrics and really cute styles. And there on page 17, I saw them for the first time. 2010's take on Bikini Atoll, Ursula Andress and Esther Williams.