Swimsuit Fashion Throughout the Years By Julia Ischinger Pennsylvania Issue 15
Julia Ischinger takes us on an inside look of the evolving swimsuit in this article of Shopping with Julia.
Swimsuits have been in existence for about a century. Through the years, the fashion of swimwear has changed drastically for both boys and girls.
1920’s-1930’s In the 1920’s-1930’s, most swimsuits were made out of wool, which often made the swimsuits heavy. Swimsuits became tighter and shorter, and women often had to be on the lookout for beach police, because if their bathing suits were too short, it could result in a fine or even jail. Men and women swimsuits were very similar and often consisted of a swim tank with a skirt or shorts. The men and women usually wore shoes when they were swimming. By the 1930’s, most men began to wear tanks with swim briefs.
1940’s During the 1940’s, swimsuits were no longer made out of wool. Two-piece bathing suits also became very popular. However, women still wore one-pieces, which was often like a very short, tight dress. For men, swim briefs were still a trend, but swim trunks were rising in popularity. Men usually would wear swim trunks, some with a tropical design, and a matching short-sleeved button up shirt.
1950’s In the 1950’s, the fabric to make swimsuits improved. Women usually wore a strapless, one-piece with a short pencil skirt. Swimsuit colors and patterns also became more bold. For men, briefs were still in fashion but knee-length boxer swimsuits became more popular.
1960’s-1970’s During the 1960’s and 1970’s, bold-colored, high-rise bikinis and one- piece suits were very common. For women, bikinis with cover-ups became very popular, For men, colorful, patterned, and short swim briefs were still very popular.
1980’s-1990’s Bathing suit fashion became more like it is today, with women bathing suits becoming shorter, and men’s suits becoming longer. Bikinis with string-bottoms became popular for women. For men, long swim trunks became the trend.
Present Today, there are many different swimsuits available for many different body types and it seems to be a matter of personal preference. For example, younger women may choose to wear a bikini because it is more revealing, while older women tend to wear a one-piece. It is about comfort and how much one wants to show their body. Men seem to have it much easier, and continue to wear swim trunks that are basically shorts. Throughout the years, fashion has changed, including what people wear swimming or sunbathing on a hot, summer day.