Retro Glam…Vintage Swimwear: 1900s- 1920s
In the 1900s, swimwear consisted of long skirts, long bathing stockings and bathing shoes. Suits were made of wool or mohair and were usually black or very dark blue with a colored trim. After WWI, hemlines grew shorter and black slowly went out of favor as more colors begin to appear. Long tunic tops with knee length shorts became the new trend.
In the early 1920s swimwear really began to change. Pants suits or “play suits” were extremely popular and ” bathing socks” were favored instead of long stockings. Swimwear mirrored the overall fashion of the 1920s, de-emphasizing the breasts and waist, and revealing more leg. Swimsuits were still made of wool, but were now more comfortable. As the 1920s progressed, swimsuits would continue to shorten and necklines would begin to plunge. The modern maillot was invented and the general shape for swim suits for the next two decades was fully formed.