retro swimming caps — That’s Not My Age



Laura Whitmore on a recent Grazia go over carrying Wonderful Saratoga


I promised myself after I could swim adequately, I’d devote in a special swimming cap. Because beginning to find out at 52, I have been by means of numerous merchandise of functional and streamlined headwear. Even soon after preparing the slippery issues with talcum powder, it can be like making an attempt to pull a condom more than your skull. I’ve sometimes remaining the pool with a headache and often, they’ve torn, leaving me with a handful of latex ribbons.

Four years afterwards, swimming is an crucial element of my weekly schedule. I made a decision, the time had appear to up grade my swimming cap, so went on the net and invested in two vintage design swim caps in black and crimson, each adorned with really flowers on the aspect. Pulling on this chic head gear built an aqua-aerobics session a lot more pleasurable, like I was auditioning for a Busby Berkley remake. The lady guiding my new glance is Sarah Wilkinson who’s been advertising and marketing the pleasures of retro swimming caps for fifteen many years. Her manufacturer, High-quality Saratoga includes twelve types and spans a kaleidoscope of colors. From all-about petal patterns to turban designs reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor in her Hollywood heyday, they evoke an age of glamour and convey joie de vivre to the most municipal of swimming experiences.

A Saratoga is a common travelling trunk with brass fittings, Sarah explains and was also the identify of the spouse and children organization started by her mom, ‘a higher-stop lingerie shop in Oxford. I grew up surrounded by these lovely silks and laces.’ When an agent turned up with some retro swimming caps, they were being additional to the window display but it was when Sarah took the initiative to start out marketing them on-line, they seriously took off. Two many years of pandemic-induced misery have been shockingly fantastic for small business. For the duration of lockdown, swimming pools were being closed to the community and lots of gals learned outside swimming for the 1st time. ‘Everyone was wild swimming and they needed to be observed. Women would suggest them to just about every other and occasionally obtain 5 or six for their swimming group.’


Synchronised Swimming by Eva Watson (Copyright © Eva Watkins, 2021)


The pandemic also appeared to influence altering preferences from neutral and functional to vivacious and fun-loving. ‘Pre-Covid, I was selling simple black, navy and blue caps but because then, the petal style has become a very best seller with multi-colored, purple and green kinds flying out. I assume it is about visibility and celebration the need to obtain joy. Swimming helps bodily and mentally, it is an uplift.’

With clients from 25 to 85+ she attributes their appeal to a blend of cheerfulness and comfort and ease. ‘They are tender and tactile and really do not pull at your hair. More youthful women like the cute, classic sense of them. Older women are maybe drawn to the nostalgia they remind them of hats their moms would put on.” Just one of the pink petal caps recently manufactured a tv look on the head of Alison Steadman in the BBC Sit Com, Listed here We Go  (hugely advisable) and Claridges just requested some for their spa. As for me, I’m now half-flipper, fifty percent-flapper and my witty swimming caps mark a new self-confidence in the pool.



Tot knots of Brighton swim turban

Nilgin Yusuf is a freelance writer. You can locate her on Twitter @Nilgin and Instagram @nilgin_yusuf




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