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Evolution of Bathing Suits

Updated on August 4, 2019
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1920s Swimsuits


History of Swimsuits

Bathing suits have run the gamut from the most conservative styles to the ones that leave little to the imagination. There are attractive suits for the thinnest men and women to the plus-sized swimwear.

In classical antiquity, bathing was done in the nude. There are Roman murals which showed a woman wearing something similar to a two-piece suit playing sports and exercising, but there is no evidence of swimming.

Japanese men swam in something like a loincloth. There were some areas of England where woman swam in the nude, and there were other areas where that was against the law around the 1600s.

This hub will focus primarily on the western culture.

Edwardian Swimsuits

Edwardian and Victorian Swimsuits

Once the railway arrived in Britain the masses visited the seaside regularly, and it spawned a need for new fashions. In the early Victorian era, women had worn serge or dark flannel bathing dresses, but by the 1860s two pieces belted costumes replaced the earlier styles.

Edwardian Swimsuits were very similar to Victorian styles. They were still made of wool and now consisted of bloomers and a wool dress.

The dress was now a sleeveless version, and the outfit was worn with black stockings and laced footwear.

Movie Star About 1940 in Bathing Suit


Early 1900's Bathing Suits

In the early 1900s, women wore "bathing gowns" in the water; these were long dresses of fabrics that would not become transparent when wet, with weights sewed into the hems so that they would not rise up in the water.

I have a small photo of my grandparents in bathing suits approximately in 1920. I have many treasured memories of times spent with them when I was a child.

The men's swimsuit, a rather form-fitting wool garment with long sleeves and legs, similar to long underwear, was developed and would change little for many years.

In the 1900s, once labor laws were enforced, people became interested in spending time at the beach. From the 1900s, through the 1920s, is when swimming really started becoming popular. In the 1900s swimsuits didn’t show legs and the ladies wore tights or stockings.

During the Depression of the 1930s, swimming was something people could do for fun that was very inexpensive. Synchronized swimming also started becoming popular in the 1930s.

1930 Bathing Suits - Love Those Prices!

1940 one Piece Bathing Suit

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Changes in the 1940s

By the 1940s styles were changing again, becoming more like what we've seen in recent years with primarily one-piece bathing suits. Hollywood added glamor to swimsuits for the first time.

Esther Williams and Dorothy Lamour, with films featuring synchronized aqua swimming, caught people’s attention. Suits became more figure-hugging revealing every contour of the with higher cut legs.

In the 1940s, manufacturers realized there was a market for bathing suits for women with various figure flaws. The new more revealing swimsuits required experts to design a better suit, and they achieved this by adding stretch tummy control panels and bra cups were added, so suits could be also worn strapless that buttoned on the inside.

By 1950, women continued to wear one-piece swimsuits and took care to cover their hair with swimming caps. Bikinis were thought to be too risqué at this time and best suited for film stars and exotic dancers

Esther Williams

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Esther Williams: Princess Mermaid

From One Piece Bathing Suit to Thongs

By the mid-60s the fabrics were mainly nylon or Lycra or a mix of both materials. They started using plastic rings and mesh midriffs.

In 1946, swimsuits were patented by Louis Read. His design was more akin to the skimpy string 1970s bikinis. Bikinis made the news, and as versions have become skimpier, they have always attracted attention.

Along came the more radical styles like the G string, and then the thong, also called the Brazilan tanga. This trend started in the 1980s, became the norm for the young women by the 1990s.

Designer swimwear has a large variety of styles from which to choose. One piece suits are still popular for many women, and there are many styles of suits in plus sized swimwear.

Bathing Suit History of Fabrics

Lyrica initially promoted in England by Marks & Spenser meant that bikinis became more flexible and molded to the contour of the body, which provides a better fit.

Legs are now cut even higher frequently exposing both cheeks so you quite often see a young woman in an oversized T-shirt or a sarong that can be removed for a timed sunbathing season.

The most recent innovation for swimwear in the 1990s was the tan through fabrics used for swimwear. These fabrics allow you to tan through the fabric without showing the nude body.

Bathing Suit of Today


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  • Hawaiian Banded Thong. The perfect vacation thong. Tropical print and solid yellow combined with our Triangle Top and fold over Banded Thong Bottom make for the perfect bikini. Great for tanning or for those who want to show off a little. Even if you are not on vacation in this sexy number, you will sure feel like it! ***MADE IN USA

Men's Swimsuits in Western Culture

In western culture, men's swimsuit styles include board shorts, jammers, swim trunks, briefs or "speedos", thongs, and g-strings, in order of decreasing lower body coverage.

Speedo developed the Fastskin FS-PRO high-performance swimsuit and made it available in 2007. It was there lightest, fastest swimsuit to help the champion swimmers and it has a low absorption rate and athletics swim faster.

It is a sleeveless all bodysuit from ankle to neck with only the arms free. It is primarily used for competitive swimming and it is expensive.

Men's Swimsuits

  • Speedo equals better fit, performance, quality and innovation! Great fitting Jammer styling offers the technical advantage of compression as well as greater comfort and modesty. Premium type 247B Lycra/Spandex
  • This classic swim trunk offers endless hours of casual comfort whether you're heading to the beach or a nearby pool.
  • Classic swim shorts with great style and fit. Excellent quality and cool colors
  • Borat Suspender Thong. One Size Fits All. Neon Green, Officially Licensed. In retail packaging.

Todays Swimwear

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“A recent innovation is the burqini, favored by Muslim women, which covers the whole body and head (but not face) in a manner similar to a diver's wetsuit. These are an updated version of full-body swimwear, which has been available for centuries but conforms to Islam's traditional emphasis on modest dress. In Egypt, the term "Shari” is used to describe full-body swimwear.

Stylish Summer Fashion Style - for Curvy Women


The trend in swimsuits over the last century is to make swimwear more attractive, more comfortable and more revealing, but I have notices some more conservative styles available this year.

If you have a good figure and can wear the skinny bikinis or thongs, then more power to you. I would hate to have to swim in a burquini, as you wouldn't even feel the water glide across your skin as you swam.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I think a lot of people like these styles.

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    Magicality LM 

    2 years ago

    I love the "new" style of bathing suits, which tend to be more bikini-like.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I love your comments. So funny! Thank you.

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    3 years ago from the bridge of sighs

    Hi Pam.As a representative of the Fat guy clique I'm here to witness.

    I tried on some Speedos the other day and...They Disappeared!...and a small child started crying and rubbing her eyes! new beach wear is gonna be a burlap bag...a Big one!Ha!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Amber, I wouldn't be surprised as fashions seem to repeat over the decades. Thanks for your comments.

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    Amber MV 

    3 years ago from Greater Seattle Area

    I predict the 1940s styles will increasingly come back into fashion. Like picture of the contemporary woman in the black piece.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Poetryman, That is certainly true. Sometimes we just don't want to face the facts, and another thing I have realized is individuals have varying taste. It seems what one finds attractive, another might not. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    4 years ago

    Love the modern sexy swimwear.

    Your statement about mirrors seems correct except that some folks don't see what we see when they look in a mirror.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Linda, Amen to that. I cannot wear the too little anymore. Age is not kind. Thanks for the birthday wish and I appreciate your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, They sure are expensive now! Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Daisy, I had fun writing this hub also. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your comments.

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    Daisy Mariposa 

    5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


    What a fun article! I enjoyed reading this while learning something new.

    Happy February 13th birthday!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Swimwear has come a long way, from too much material to not enough material. Men are lucky when it comes to swimwear, throw on a pair of trunks, or speedos...women do not have it that easy. The photo of swimwear today, I just shake my head and hope my daughters and granddaughters never walk around practically nude in public. Fantastic hub, Pam! Happy Birthday! :)

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    Audrey Howitt 

    5 years ago from California

    Great article! And how expensive are these little pieces of cloth? Wow!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    pstraubie, You are right about those prices! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Patricia Scott 

    7 years ago from North Central Florida

    Pamela...this is an awesome hub. I have pictures (somewhere) of my Mother and Father both in the bathing suits of the 1920's. They definitely were not immodest.

    Love the prices too of those early suits/now you pay that much for a pair of flip flops to wear on the beach.

    This was a fun and informative read. Voted up and all and shared. Angels to you. ps

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Heather, I agree. It would be a nice change. Thanks for your comments.

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    Heather Rode 

    7 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

    Great hub! I'd like to see the swimsuits from the 30s and 40s come back into style. While they might hinder swimming as we're used to it, they sure are fashionable.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Princess, I fully agree. I do not like to feel I must follow any particular fashion trend. Thank you for your comments.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 

    8 years ago from France

    Beautiful! I really like the Edwardian Swimsuits. 1930s bathing suits were also very pretty. We are incredibly lucky that today we have so much option when it comes to beach wear, it is great not to be limited by what is fashionable and be able to dress according to what suits you best.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    GmaGoldie, I love to see vintage clothing also. Thank you so much for your suggestion and I will try that. I appreciate your comments.

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 

    8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


    I love swim fitness so much so I have made a career out of it but oh, the swim suits...loved the history. Delightful hub.

    Heads up - for the person seeking vintage clothing - the consignment shop in Whitewater Wisconsin specializes in vintage.

    If I might suggest you link back to your Hub Page site for the photo of your grandparent you scanned. If you put a good description, you will definitely get backlinks - great hub - fantastic photo.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    declatte, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you so much for your gracious comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Cameron, I wouldn't know where to find something like that. I guess you could try antique malls or estate sales. Good luck.

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    8 years ago

    I want to find a 1930 Men's two piece bathing suit I can buy and wear. I would prefer it not to be original because I want to wear it often. Even the Old James Bond style shorts would do. Can you help me?

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    crystolite, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your comments.

  • crystolite profile image


    8 years ago from Houston TX

    Interesting article that has pics of hot and sexy chicks inside.thanks for sharing this.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    BabyGenius, They have certainly changed over the years. thanks for your comment.

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    8 years ago

    It looks like "western" bathing suits are getting more and more revealing. We all know how its gonna be 10 years from now...

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    mysisters, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    8 years ago

    Great Hub. Its amazing how much swimsuits have evolved. Some of the one piece styles are coming back though!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    brainstuffsme, I like to see the 1930 swimsuits also but it would be nice to be able to where the string bikini. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    I love the 1930's swimsuits, but I dreamed of wearing string bikini, lol

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Cathyrin, Fashions have certainly changes over this past century and it is interesting to look back. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    9 years ago from Philippines

    Love your hub! It's amazing how time changes as well as our sense of fashion from being conservative to revealing. Thanks for the great info. Voted your hub up and awesome.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    yenajeon, I love them also. Thanks for your comments.

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    Yena Williams 

    9 years ago from California

    What a fabulous hub pamela! I love the vintage swimsuits. Rated up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    mwatkins, Your comments are spot on. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    9 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

    As a scuba diver - I've seen most all of these suits and can honestly say that your best advice in going out in a swimsuit is your advice to, "take a look in the mirror before leaving home." And honestly ask yourself, "Does this make my butt look big?" An honest answer is also important. And, I don't care who you are, unless you are Brad Pitt - Leave the SPEEDO at home. . . . Honest, you look like an idiot in it. I am NOT kidding.

    Great hub - I want to look like one of the girls in the D'Amore vid when I grow up! ;-0 . . .just 'sayin!' Thumbs up! Great review!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sheila, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    I finally know the evolution of the swim-wear, today's swimmer is lucky to own such simple and nice suits, we can see the society development of this world from this history.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mickey Dee, Poor Mickey, such atrocities you must endure just to participate in those marathon bike adventures. I am certainly glad you gave me the true nature of your adventure.

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    Micky Dee 

    9 years ago

    I think I see you in one of the pictures. You probably wear a thong though.

    I could only watch half of the video with the models. I'll have nightmares as it is!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Kamran, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comment.

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    9 years ago

    hmmm..very interesting information.nice hub!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ashley, I kind of like them also. Thanks for your comment.

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    9 years ago from United States

    Those 1930s swimsuits are sexy! I would buy those!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RedElf, Thanks for your comments. It is interesting to see how they dressed to swim a century ago.

    Lady Guinevere, I would imagine that was a problem, especially if they got in a strong current. Thanks for your comment.

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    Debra Allen 

    9 years ago from West By God

    I liked seeing the trends change. I often wonder how many people drowned with allthose clothes on in the earlier times and especially the one where the weights were added.

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    9 years ago from Canada

    I have some photos from pre-my-granny that cover a whole lot more woman that the Edwardian models your hub features - yours are much more stylish and appealing. :D

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Denise, That picture is one of my grandparents that I scanned into my computer. I can't imagine swimming in some of those wool garments that cover the whole body but that was the style at the turn of the century. Thanks for your comments.

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    Denise Handlon 

    9 years ago from North Carolina

    Cool info, Pam. Now, was that a true photo of your grandparents? or a suggestion that is what their suits would look like?

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, Maybe in a second hand shop. That are quite unique. Thanks for the comment. Happy New Year!

    FCEtier, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comment.

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    9 years ago from Cold Mountain

    Nice combination of information and eye candy! Good article!

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    9 years ago from Washington

    What a neat piece, Pamela - I want one of those old fashioned ones - I really do! Happy New Year!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Louis, Thank you for your comment.

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    Louis Mascolo 

    9 years ago

    Good hub! Thanks!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Becky, Thank you so much for your comments,

  • Becky Puetz profile image

    9 years ago from Oklahoma

    interesting to see how far we've come or gone; depending on how you look at it, in the evolution of swim wear. I enjoyed seeing the pictures that document the many changes in bathing suit fashions over the years. Enjoyable read, great Hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Martie, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and its sad when the bikini days are gone also. Thanks for your comment.

    okmom, Yes, good memories. I remember getting my first two piece before the bikinis and that was the early 60's. Thanks for your comment.

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    Donna Oliver 

    9 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

    Pamela, What a fun hub to read! Loved the pictures. I remember my Mom wearing her one-piece suit in the sixties. Near the end of that decade we had our bikini's. Ah, memories now! Voted up!

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    Martie Coetser 

    9 years ago from South Africa

    Very interesting hub, Pamela. It is amazing to see that some women in this century still have to cover themselves from neck to toes. Unfortunately I will never again enjoy the privilege of wearing a bikini. Those were the days, my friend... Gone with the wind... I enjoyed this hub! Thanks.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Susan, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.

    Prasetio, I'm glad you enjoyed the history of the bathing suits. Thanks for your comments.

    cwarden, I feel the same way! Thank you so much for your comments.

    Dusty, I'm glad to know you have that pacemaker for just such events. Thanks for your comments.

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    50 Caliber 

    9 years ago from Arizona

    Pamela, great hub on wide variety of suits, I liked the 1940s suit pictured best and a full figured woman to fill it, smile. I watched the runway video and felt my heart pacer shock me back into rhythm when a couple of them were walking away!LOL Great hub, Dusty

  • cwarden profile image


    9 years ago from USA

    I love the older styles and the prices that went with them! Really nice hub!

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    9 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I really entertained with this information. Very sexy hub, lots of swimsuit. I enjoy to read the history of swimsuit. Thanks for share with us. Rating up as usual. Love and peace!


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    Susan Zutautas 

    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Bathing suits have sure come a long ways. Very interesting history about them. Loved the pictures. One good thing about the bathing suits in the 1920's is that there was less chance of getting a sunburn :). Enjoyed this hub very much!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Anginwu, You are right. Thanks for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    It's interesting to see how the swimsuits have evolved through the years. Imagine buying one for $1.29--what a deal. These days, we've to remove the decimal point and get less coverage for our money. Nice work! Rated up.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, I don't know about the comfort either. Thank you for your comment.

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    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    The prices went up and the the use of material went down. I can't see how those tongs are comfortable. Thank you for a great review over the century.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    KKGals, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your comments.

    Peggy, I hope you are right. Thank you so much for your comments.

    mquee, I am glad you found the hub to be interesting. I agree it is interesting to see the changes in all the clothing. Thank you for your comments.

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    9 years ago from Columbia, SC

    This is really an interesting hub. I am one of those who watch old movies from my childhood and beyond. I have noted the change over the years in not just bathing suits, but in both women's and men's clothing as well. Today's bathing do indeed emphasize the figure. Thank you for sharing.

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    Peggy Woods 

    9 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This hub should definitely make it to the top or top few pages in Google. Fantastic review of styles regarding bathing suits from the early days going forward to now and the videos were great. Loved the Ester Williams video! Voted up!

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    Susan Hazelton 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Pamela, fascinating article. I love seeing the progression of bathing suits through the years. I love the grandparents pictures. Voted up and awesome

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    katrinasui, I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your comment.

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    9 years ago

    I enjoyed reading about the evolution of the bathing suits. I didn't know that there are so many choices.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    ecoggins, I suppose that might be true in other Asian countries, as well as, in Arab countries since religious practices rule behavior in many cases. Thanks for your comment.

    Rosio, I'm grad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

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    Rosie Rose 

    9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Pam, this just awesome! I love reading and looking at the different era swimsuits.. that you added your grandparents picture in swimsuits in the early 1900s is just priceless. Thumbs up and way awesome!

    Happy Holidays,


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    9 years ago from Corona, California

    Cambodia is like the Southeast Asia Victorian equivalent. Although western trends have begun to creep over to Cambodia, most girls still swim in regular street clothes.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    GPAGE, I'm glad to see you back and I appreciate your comments. Hope to see some articles from you. I wish you a wonderful 2011.

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    9 years ago from California

    pamela! Great detailed article. I love looking at all the old styles and pics here. I always wonder if I should have been born in a different era! ha I have been away from hubpages for quite a while. Hoping to get back into more writing here in 2011! Hope you are enjoying this holiday season! Best, G

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Katiem, I think you're right. Its never too soon to plan for summer with a new suit. Thanks for the comment.

    Darsky, I remember my bikini days also but I'm a little too old now, so back in a one piece. I appreciate your comments sweet Darsky.

    drbj, Isn't that the truth! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the comment.

    rpallulis, The difference certainly is quite dramatic.

    Thanks for your comment.

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    9 years ago from NY

    Today's bathing suites certainly do not leave much for the imagination compared to the photos you added from the beginning of the century, WOW! what a difference.

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    drbj and sherry 

    9 years ago from south Florida

    What a fun hub, Pamela. And how far we have come in the creation of bathing suits for women. Now we spend about 50 times the price for less than 5% of the material.

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    Darlene Sabella 

    9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    My Dear Pam, for sure, now at my age, I am living in the wrong era...the first suits would look good on my now. However when I was young I love me red and white ity bity this hub rate way up, you are awesome. Love & peace darski

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    Katie McMurray 

    9 years ago from Westerville

    Very cool bathing suits. I enjoyed learning about the evolution of the bathing suits. Now you've got me thinking about a new bathing suit and why not it's never to soon to be prepared for swimsuit season. Maybe if I buy one now warm weather will come sooner! :) Katie

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    ghomefitness, Good luck with that! I couldn't resist including it in the group. I appreciate your comment and will expect a picture.

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    9 years ago from Chicago,IL

    I am thinking of the Borat Mankini for this season myself! :0 JK


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