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Norma Kamali’s 1920’s-Inspired Swimsuit

Jersey Maillot Swimsuit in Norma Kamali, $350.

Photo: Charles Masters

If there is such a thing as a universally flattering swimsuit, it’s the Norma Kamali maillot. Since 1968, the airline agent turned fashion innovator has been taking atypical materials (parachutes; FedEx Tyvek envelopes) and transforming them into timelessly modern—and travel-friendly—designs. Today, Kamali is best known for her swimwear. Take this retro maillot—reminiscent of the 1920’s one-pieces that were created more for lounging à la plage than actual swimming, and popularized in 1950’s Hollywood by the likes of Janet Leigh and Marilyn Monroe. Kamali’s version is cut from a high-tech Japanese jersey that dries quickly, with strategic ruching that highlights all the right places. Who wouldn’t feel like a silver-screen siren wearing it poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel or lunching at La Fontelina in Capri?

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