Bathing Suits

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History of bathing suits

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The History of Bathing Suits

The history of bathing suits is interesting. Men and women's swimwear has evolved over the decades. There has been a lot of discussion over women's bathing suits. The changes in the women's suits have been the most drastic over the years. The fashion industry does seem to concentrate on women's clothing more than men's clothing. That is no different in the area of bathing suits and swimwear.

The fact is that women's bathing suits were started as a means of covering up essential parts of the body so women could bath publicly. Most of the changes over the decades have been made to women's bathing suits. Styles have changed as society has changed. Styles have changed as the socially views of modesty has changed. These are the greatest reasons for the changes in styles of bathing suits.

We have evidence of bathing suits as far back as 350 B.C. There was a mosaic wall that was discovered with females dressed in what we see now as modern bathing suits. In fact they resemble modern bikinis. Over the centuries the bathing suits have gone from that to a time when bathing suits for women was not encouraged, to a prudish age to this modern age where we again see the bikinis. There was a time when it was thought that the swimming in the sea was thought of as a means for therapy rather than recreation. That also affected the development or slow progression of bathing suits. Pools or spas were created where men and women could go for public bathing. It was in the 18th century when this began in France and England. It began with a quick dip in the water with a distinct separation of men and women, one on one side and one on the other.

The first bathing suits were the style of a smock so it mostly resembled a bathing gown. The obvious difficulty with bathing suits like this was the blousy nature and not all that comfortable. Women began sewing lead weights in the hem. This assisted this style from creating indecent exposure.

It was in the 1800s that bathing suits began a radical change. It was at that time when Americans had discovered the beaches and seaside as recreation. Americans were inundating the shorelines. They began to see that the beaches as areas for recreation and an area to enjoy swimming. Sun bathing began to be also an interest for Americans flocking to the coastlines. Bathing suits began to be of greater and greater importance. The times were changing but the concern was still to be sure bathing suits would be modest and yet allowing the wearers to easily participate in swimming and sport activities.

As the 1800s ended swimming had become quite popular and completely acceptable as a water sport or activity. It was also being developed as an intercollegiate sport. It was about this time that the sport also became accepted as an Olympic sport. This assisted in the creation of the women's bathing suits with that official title and consisted of basically a blouse and slacks as a one-piece garment. To assist in camouflaging the shapeliness of the female form, a skirt was added to these bathing suits from the waist to below the knees.

Over the decades that followed the bathing suits began to show more and more skin. In the 20th century a new era of bathing suits evolved for women. Basically the outcome was to show more and more skin and use less and less material. The material also began to get less and less opaque. Also, the style was to show more and more of the shape of the female form. The outcome has been an era of bikini and two-piece women's bathing suits, which basically had to functions one to cover the woman's breasts and one to cover the groin or buttocks region. This bikini left the remainder of the torso bare.

Over the history of bathing suits the woman's suits changed the most and have had the most interest from the fashion industry. However, there have been some changes in men's bathing suits.

It was not really until the woman's bathing suits began to really change that men's bathing suits began to change. Men's bathing suits were quite different from the women's suits. The men's bathing suits were basically boxy in that these garments were not covering or trying to exaggerate a curvy body, as in the women's bathing suits.

Over the decades men's bathing suits have evolved into the sexy realm also. It was basically acceptable by the 1930s that men could bare their chest, however agreement on that was not universal. But it happened anyway. The men's bathing suits had evolved to become the bathing suit trunks.

Later in the 1950s as women's bathing suits were getting more revealing and sexy this allowed some significant changes for men's bathing suits in the area of color patterns and fancy artwork. Men's bathing suits were much different but they had evolved also.

This is a very brief history of bathing suits as they have evolved from centuries ago. Now you have some facts to amaze your friends.




Bathing suits
History of bathing suits men's bathing suits women's bathing suits
bathing suits over time