So, about that bathing suit. I've been making a lot of crocheted beach cover-ups which do not display well on their own on the dress form, so that was my motivation to find the perfect swimming costume. I had the best time searching the internet for 1960's bathing suits; too many web sites to name but I finally found her, the absolute perfect specimen on Etsy.
But Oh My! The beach fashion in the '60's was feminine, constructed and very beautiful. Of course, the bikini was big as below.
Of course, smart ladies had their accessories at the ready on the beach. Sunglasses were a must and there were plenty of styles to choose from.
Hats for the beach were also a must. I remember my Ma and her sisters wearing a variety of straw hats, even while they were sitting under huge beach umbrellas! There were beach hats with built in sunglasses too and they were quite popular.