They’re equal parts summer necessities and statements of style waiting to be made, and as long as the sun and the beach keep calling, they are more than ready to provide the incentive and ensure that a lady’s shoreline style is flawless. We’re talking swimwear, both sultry bikinis and sexy one-pieces, but the iconic kind that became legendary throughout the decades, as sported by the original beach babes.
Before deciding to indulge in what’s left of the summer, do take your sunny dose of inspiration by continuing to read after the break. Below, the 13 most iconic swimwear moments in film.
1953, Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.
A gorgeous Deborah Kerr in a black haltertop swimsuit made complete with a skirt might just well stand for the classic image of timeless swim:
1959, Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.
Something about Elizabet Taylor’s discreet one-piece swimsuit still resonates with the concept of modern elegance, and that right there is what iconic is all about:
1962, Brigitte Bardot in A Very Private Affair.
In between her 1952 film, The Girl in a Bikini, the candid photos snapped in Cannes that eternalized her sunbathing in a two-piece swimsuit, and her stunning beach look from A Very Private Affair, Brigitte Bardot was definitely the one to help popularize the bikini:
1962, Ursula Andress in Dr. No.
Donned by beach babe extraordinaire and ultimate Bond girl, Ursula Andress’ two piece-swimsuit doesn’t need any introduction, selling for over $60,000 back in 2001:
1965, Sally Field in Gidget.
Epitomizing all that was soft and sweet about the 1960s, Sally Field’s pastel pink swim set was made famous on the equally dreamy beach setting from Gidget:
1966, Rachel Welch in One Million Years B.C.
There’s both a wild factor and an exotic kind of sultriness describing Rachel Welch’s pre-historic inspired two-piece that she rocked in One Million Years B.C, enough reasons for the beach look to become iconic:
1979, Bo Derek in 10.
Alongside the trendsetting cornrow braids that Bo Derek rocks ever so effortlessly, this basic nude one-piece swimsuit made cinematic history by re-attesting the value of simplicity:
1985, Nicollette Sheridan in The Sure Thing.
High cut, scanty and unapologetically sexy, the white bikini sported by Nicollette Sheridan in The Sure Thing continues to make waves, three decades later:
2001, Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Think Angelina Jolie in a swimsuit and more than likely this image will pop to mind, her Lara Croft, black, two-piece bikini made fit for action and unforgettable too:
2002, Halle Berry in Die Another Day.
Perceived as an homage to Ursula Andress’ swimsuit in Dr. No, Halle Berry’s tangerine bikini couldn’t have worked better in complementing the image of the modern-day Bond Girl:
2003, Demi Moore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
And then, there’s this iconic image of Demi Moore, looking flawless at age 40 in a crochet bikini, with gorgeous beach-waves falling over her shoulders, water dripping down her fit body, a sexy beach attitude making it all too good to be put into words:
2005, Jessica Alba in Into the Blue.
Bronzed skin, sun kissed hair, perfect body and gorgeous swim pieces: with all that going on for her it’s no wonder Jessica Alba’s beach babe look became an instant classic:
2007, Keira Knightley in Atonement.
Like a step back in time to the 1930s, Keira Knightley’s vintage swim look complete with a cap helped this Atonement still morph into one of the best swimsuit moments in film: