Interesting Trivia About Swimsuits


Interesting Trivia About Swimsuits

Summertime is a great time to bring out the swimsuits, whether they be two-pieces, one-pieces, men’s boxer styles, men’s brief styles, a ladies tankini, or a piece with an attached skirt. There are so many styles and varieties available today but swimsuits have come a long way from what they used to be!

  • Swimsuits were invented around the 1920s. They didn’t fit well and were not comfortable to wear. The trunks could weigh as much as nine pounds when they were wet and because of the weight, they would often fall down.

  • During the 1920s, there were many vicious fights between those that wanted to wear the scantily clad swimsuits and those that thought everything should be covered. These fights would often become very dangerous for those involved and women would sometimes be arrested for wanting to wear something that wasn’t “morally correct.”

  • In 1931, a company called Jantzen put a new type of swimsuit onto the market. The “Sunnette” swimsuit was designed for young girls. This swimsuit had bottoms that resembled shorts with straps to travel up and over the shoulders to keep the shorts in place. The chest was left bare to expose the skin to the “healthy, ultra-violet rays of the sun.”

  • Even men were not supposed to dress to scantily in their swimsuits. After some designers had made trunks for men to swim in with no tops, several fights arose for men baring their chests. In 1932, a swimsuit called “The Topper” entered the market. This men’s style swimsuit came with a detachable chest piece so the man could choose to wear a top or to not. Most men chose to not wear a top and they would then be arrested for indecent exposure.

  • In the 1940s it became fashionable for men to wear swimsuits that looked a lot like the women’s styles. These suits had tight abdomens and narrow waists. Those men that felt these were too revealing still had the option of boxer-style suits.

  • The bikini came onto the market in 1946 with the tag line and many called it, “The two-piece bathing suit that reveals everything about a girl except her mother’s maiden name.”

  • The 1950s was the first decade to see swimsuits come in animal prints. They came with the tag line, “If you can’t drive a Jaguar, wear one.”

  • Glamour suits became extremely popular during the 1940s. One type of these swimsuits was called “The Salute to Spring” and consisted of flesh-coloured material and was covered in rhinestones. It cost approximately $1000.

  • In the 1950s, accessories started being sold to complement swimsuits. These accessories included sun hats, sunglasses, hats, and sandals.

  • Swimsuits became lighter and more fitted with the use of spandex in the 1960s. An issue of Vogue said, “When it’s dried in the sun, it’s a sinuous velvety black, and when it’s wet with water, it glistens like a seal on the rocks.”

  • 1964 was a very big year for swimsuits as this was the year that Sports Illustrated ran its first swimsuit edition.

  • In 1968 a trikini was introduced. This three-piece suit was made from bottoms and two separate cups that were attached by Velcro

Interesting Trivia About Swimsuits

Interesting Trivia About Swimsuits

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