Swimwear By Decade- 1920's

In the 1920's swimwear started revealing the body more then ever before. The modern maillot was invented. The adrogynous athletic tank style of the maillot suited the fashions of the 20's as women became liberated from long skirts. Even though they were made in wool jersey and often worn with little booties these suits are the forerunners of the suits we wear today.

This picture is tiny, but the girls here "jazz" up their suits with flapper hats!

Although this pic doesn't actually show swim suits, it is too adorable not to share. Parasols were your best sun protection back then.

I love these ladies!

They have it all, decorated maillots, parasol, hats, and musical instruments.


My "Fashionable History" segment this summer is Swimwear by Decade.

Last week was the 1900's.

Next week, 1930's!

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Swimwear By Decade- 1900's

For the summer my Fashionabale History segment will be about bathing suits and swimwear by decade. The early 1900's, Victorian/Edwardian, is going to start off the season. Seaside vacations became very popular in the early 1900's. Typical swimwear was often burdensome and heavy for our standards but for the time it must have felt light and alluring. Wool dresses were the norm worn with black tights, lace up booties, and puffy caps. Imagine swimming in that! But as you can see in the delightful photos below, the girls seem to be having fun.

Love the stripes!

This one above is atypical. She is showing a lot of skin. Notice the strange beach accessories....victorian boots and muff! Don't leave home without them. She is lovely though.

Ready to dive! This is adorable but a bit fussy for the beach.

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