Role Models: Vintage Summer Beauties

These classic babes of summer are our modern-day inspiration

Marilyn Monroe

Perhaps the world's first beach babe, Miss Marilyn's seashore style is as surfer-girl-chic as it is bombshell-sexy. Proof that true American beauties bloom best at the beach.

With a cool dove-blue palette, petal edged embroidery, classic two-part cups, and peek-a-boo spacer this balconette is just the kind of undefinably lovely piece we swoon for.
Reality? Overrated. We'll take this exquisitely lovely dream of an underwire, with its peachy silk band and gorgeous frills of eyelash lace instead. Yes, please.
This front-closure racerback is all about that lace (and that fit, that palette, and that geometric scalloped edging). T-shirts, tanks, and open backs? Here's looking at you.
With its festive stripes, effortlessly luxe pull-on silhouette, and superbly comfy stretch lace, this sultry bralette is bringing serious cabana vibes to our lazy Saturday.
This deliciously sheer romper is light and airy like a warm spring breeze, flirty and lovely like freshly picked wildflowers, and boldly cool like a downtown slumber party.
This full on hubba-hubba bold and bright lipstick pink and eye-popping fire engine red silk and lace underwire bra is right on time for some very bad behavior.
Whether your perfect Sunday means whipping up an easy breakfast and walking barefoot through the meadow or just, you know, TV, this floaty, bohemian chemise is just the thing.
33.00 - 120.00
Could this be any more fresh and lovely? With a classic palette, gorgeous eyelet, and superbly pretty demi shape, this demi is equal parts garden party and farmhouse babe.
Rendered in a gorgeous, exclusive-to-Journelle floral Italian lace, this delicious demi is practically begging to be shown off. Everyday lovely? Meet Friday night spectacular.
This stunning corset-stitched demi is the lingerie equivalent of THE dress. With silken straps and va-voom stitchery, it's for when you simply must be as fierce as possible.

Brigitte Bardot

Miss Bardot's effortless French style has a Cannes-do kind of attitude. Take to the golden sands of the Riviera like a fish to water.

This delicate bralette, with its dusky pink and noir palette and delicate and sheer contrast of lace and mesh prismatic paneling, is the perfect thing for loungey afternoons.
With its triangle cups, front closure, and killer directional strapped racerback with gold harness ring, this one is perfection under open backed dresses and sheer tops.
Just like a swoop of detailed curve on an otherwise pared-down Saarinen building, the cascading ruffle on this austere mesh soft bra is a thing of architectural beauty.
With its gorgeous petal-scalloped edging (which looks fantastically stunning on the body), luxe lace, and tiny bow, we absolutely can't wait to show this tap short off.
Bold openwork florals, delicate cup construction, slender, adjustable-all-the-way straps, and subtle scalloped edging make this sweet softbra perfectly Iberian-romantic.
With its airy, floaty, tulip-hemmed shorty bottom and deep-plunge pointelle V neckline, this lovely onesie is the perfect thing for gondola rides (or brunch in bed).
This deliciously dusky desert rose bodysuit, with its windowpane tulle and openwork lace inspired by Coachella's iconic ferris wheel, is giving us serious wanderlust vibes.
Luscious and airy, this long-line bralet has a divine front closure. Perfect for lounging in the pools of light that stream through the open window durante la madrugada.
This stunning lacy crop bustier is about as un-basic as it gets, yet with its gorgeous construction, convertible racerback, and longline shape, it's also super wearable. Winning.
Sweets to the sweet, this stunning triangle softbra, with its sheer tulle mesh and guipure lace appliques, is like Ophelia's bouquets, glorious fresh flowers for all.

Grace Kelly

A real princess doesn't need a ballgown. Princess Grace's timeless, elegant, and polished style means classic silhouettes, a simple, sophisticated palette, even (or, perhaps, especially) at the beach.

With a scalloped underbust, contrast grosgrain band, and classic single seam cups this little bralette has it all. If the devil is in the details, then this one is devilish indeed.
Like a sophisticated grown-up version of a seersucker suit, this subtly pinstriped triangle soft bra is the exact intersection of business and pleasure (perhaps more pleasure).
34.00 - 65.00
An impeccably crafted corset-fit demi cup gives gorgeous va-voom shape without padding. With delicate ruched straps and a killer palette, this one is 100% fabulous.
Gorgeous fishnet tulle floral lace panels are inset at the hem and on the sleeves, finished with delicate eyelash edging along the bottom. A classic, understated dressing gown.
With its large scale floral lace, graphic insets, stunning petal edging, and modern bandeau silhouette, this strapless is perfect for blushing brides or bohemian babes alike.
Exquisite. Effortless. Italian. Three of our favorite words. With whisper sheer scalloped edging, gorgeous floral (Journelle exclusive) lace, and classic shape it's molto bene.
This chemise is our kind of mystical talisman. Deep magic wrought in the lusciously twining bold floral guipure-style lace on the cups, a sheer body, and thigh-skimming trim.
This deliciously lovely, sweetly sheer, deep-plunging, lacy softbra is also convertible (!) from classic to halter to crossback. Totally versatile, totally swoon-worthy.
37.10 - 53.00
A classic demi silhouette rendered in gorgeous stretch lace, we've never seen this sort of effortless, sun-drenched, style executed with such understated elegance.
36.00 - 72.00
This classic balconette, with its botanical lace, sheer swiss dot mesh, and satin side slings in the cups, is a modernist's take on classic romance. Perfection, just as desired.