The Women’s Bathing Suit: Centuries of Style Statements

The Bathing Suit: A Revealing History

Ah, the women’s bathing suit. Few other clothing items have made such a notable impact on popular culture throughout the years, whether on the silver screen or the pages of the latest gossip rag. One thing is for sure, though – from the iconic Phoebe Cates scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” to Deborah Kerr’s traditional and demure suit-dress in “From Here to Eternity,” the swimsuit has made its mark in pop culture, and will likely continue to do so for centuries to come.

Traditions That Change With the Times

Would you believe that once upon a time, (from about the 1780s through the 1800s, to be more specific) women actually rode a mobile device of sorts that transported them from the shore to the water so that they wouldn’t have to be seen in their swimsuits by men? It may sound odd, but it’s entirely true. Today’s women aren’t going to that kind of trouble, but they do rely on some style trends of the past when getting ready for a modern beach day.

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The infographic below offers a peek into the history of the women’s bathing suit, from centuries ago through the current day. While some trends and traditions of the past have been cast aside for good, others, like the bikini and an overall effort by many women to look their best at the beach, live on.

See the full infographic on BeallsFlorida.

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