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1950s thick cotton two-piece.Please
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Made from a thick, ribbed cotton with no stretch whatsoever, this is an unusual tankini-style two piece from the 1950s. It is unworn, with the gusset protection still intact, and in perfect condition. I think it's gorgeous - but it's strictly for the skinny girls, I'm afraid!
The top features narrow straps, adjustable with three buttonholes and the original clear, yellow plastic button, a long zip at the back, and narrow ties at the waist. It's very slightly grubby from storage, but I don't want to wash it separately from the shorts.
The bottoms are quite daring for the era, technically briefs, with elastic at the waist and legs. Like the top, they are very slightly grubby from storage. Rather strangely, I think, they have loops for hanging at either side of the waist.
There are no internal labels, and although, as I say, the gusset protection is intact, nothing useful can be deduced from this. Approximate measurements are: under the arms, 30 inches/76 cms; waist, up to 28 inches/71 cms; waist of pants will stretch comfortably to about 28 inches/71 cms; depth of sides, 3 ½ inches/8.5 cms...which makes it about a modern UK size 6.
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