Whether you’re a swimmer or more of a lay-out-and-tan type, your summer probably, at least a few times, includes wearing a bathing suit.
These days, there are all kinds of styles to choose from, and most are designed to be both pretty and functional. They giveyou the most comfort while both in and out of the water, as well as for people of all ages and with all body types.
In fact, there are so many styles that there seems to be a different style for every personality. But that wasn’t always the case.
Not too long ago, bathing suits looked very different. In fact, you might not even recognize some of them as swimsuits at all.
The water has always drawn a crowd for both practical purposes, as well as recreational ones. Even just dipping your feet into some cool water is like an instant relaxation treatment.
So it’s no wonder that swimming has been a popular pastime for ages, and that people have been trying to figure out the best thing to wear while doing it.
Take a swimback through history and see what you might have worn to the beach had you lived in a different time.
What’s your favorite look from the beaches of the past? Let us know in the comments!
Ancient Rome: The First Bikini?
1700s: Bathing Machines And Weighted Gowns
Early 1800s: Seaside Gowns
1850s: Bloomers Begin
1870s: Men’s Suits Show Off A Little More
1890s: Suits Get A Little Sportier
1900s: Bathing Suits Still Look Like Dresses
1900s: … And Suits Get Skimpier
1910s: Suits Get Sporty… And Scandalous
1920s: Suits Lose The Tights
1930s: The Early Beginnings Of The Two Piece
1946: The Official First Bikini
1964: The Bathing Suit That Never Caught On
1970s: Crochet And Creativity