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Beetlejuice!! - Please help me find a vintage mens swimsuit

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Timeforabiscuit Tue 18-Jun-13 16:45:36

My googling has failed me sad

We are going on a pool based holiday in 6 weeks, but DH is very self conscious of his body and hates going topless in the water.

We thought this would be fantastic - or a kind of Edwardian bathing suit


But I can only seem to find suggestions as to how to make one, or a fancy dress shop based in Brighton which has a cut that seems a bit baggy.

Does anyone have an idea where I can source one, or has anyone come up with different solutions?

Many thanks

MrsLettuce Tue 18-Jun-13 18:21:29

No idea I'm afraid! Sorry.

Would a rash vest do?

MrsLettuce Tue 18-Jun-13 18:23:12

here (random choice of shop)

TooTiredToBeCreative Tue 18-Jun-13 18:25:33

Rash vest rather than beetle juice type thing definitely!

malteserzz Tue 18-Jun-13 18:34:19

Could he just wear a t shirt in the water ?

Timeforabiscuit Tue 18-Jun-13 19:08:13

Thank you for all the responses, unfortunately dh doesn't have the build to pull off a rash vest, broad shoulders and a belly that's lost weight but is quite large.

He wanted something as a one piece so that he doesn't get constantly asked why he has his T shirt on.

Amazinggg Tue 18-Jun-13 20:15:53

I think that kind of a onesie would get more comments than a tee tbh grin

What about some kind of surfing type suit? You get short ones.

tethersend Tue 18-Jun-13 21:40:56

Set The Vintage Style Doctor a challenge!

Phantomquartz Tue 18-Jun-13 23:01:13


Phantomquartz Tue 18-Jun-13 23:02:55

or this?

oohaveabanana Tue 18-Jun-13 23:07:14

I think rash vest would attract far less attention than Victorian bathing suit tbh - dh often wears his in outside pools

They don't have to be tight fitting -

vm3009 Wed 19-Jun-13 15:57:11

lovely vintage might be worth a look? not sure if they do menswear?

leakyliv Wed 19-Jun-13 16:11:19

Any lick? If not, try The Chap website? I reckon if you can't find one on there then they don't exist..

leakyliv Wed 19-Jun-13 16:17:39

Any lick? sorry , how rude! meant Luck..

Timeforabiscuit Wed 19-Jun-13 17:42:40

Not yet grin - but i'm not giving up!

He's quite an exhibitionist really, so wearing something outlandish doesn't bother him, but the belly bothers him a lot - especially the stretchmarks.

Its not brilliant as he never wants to go swimming with us in a "public" place. The holiday has a private family pool with just family members coming, but he still doesn't want his chest uncovered.

I suppose it's a bit like the only swimsuits being available are bikinis - are you're constantly questioned why you're not wearing one.

oohaveabanana Wed 19-Jun-13 19:05:21

Ah, if attracting attention in general isn't an issue, how about this: based in US but 6 weeks should be do-able.

oohaveabanana Wed 19-Jun-13 19:09:22

Ha, and these guys had a range made via gentleman's emporium which are almost exactly what you are looking for ... they say pre-ordering for May 16th, so not sure if they've sold out already...

oohaveabanana Wed 19-Jun-13 19:09:55

Ah, those last links are 2011, so maybe out of stock now grin

MrsLettuce Wed 19-Jun-13 20:01:01

Well, you could see id Get Cutie would do him one, it's not something they sell but, well, it'd be worth asking.

Timeforabiscuit Wed 19-Jun-13 20:09:51

oohaveabanana - Thank you! those are brilliant!!

I think i'll have to have a trawl through steam punk themes and see if I can find anyone UK based.

latebreakfast Wed 19-Jun-13 23:32:58

uv swimsuit

Timeforabiscuit Thu 20-Jun-13 21:03:03

Late breakfast , that looks really good - they only size as an extra small, but definitely gives me something to work with!

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