Revealing Swim Wear

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Swim wear has been around for thousands of years in some form or another, but it wasn't until the beginning of the 20th century that swim wear became revealing. The long wool jerseys of the 1920s were considered revealing in their day, thus illustrating the point that judgments of this kind are relative only to the time period in which they belong. By our own standards today, a suit from that era would look at the best über demure and at worst downright ridiculous.

The Evolution of Revealing Swim Wear

As the years passed, the swim wear became smaller and smaller. This is true for men and women alike, but it was more pronounced in women's swim wear. By the 1940s women were interested in buying swimsuits that highlighted and accentuated their figures. This was a significant change in thinking. Before that time, swimsuits were more practical and less fashionable. From then on, however, swim wear would be inexorably tied to fashion and sensuality.

Over the following 60 years, swim wear would continue to evolve. The definition of the term "high cut," as it referred to the bottoms of swimsuits, would be ever be in flux as more and more revealing swim wear hit the market and the beaches. By the 1960s two-piece swim wear was emerging as a popular favorite among young people and from then on, it has remained so.

Today, revealing swim wear is the norm for women of all ages, except perhaps the over 70 crowd. In fact, the trend has been towards the more revealing the better. If swim wear fashion continues to progress at this rate, all beaches will be nude beaches within the next twenty years! Depending on how you feel about nudity that could either be a very bad thing or a very, very good thing.


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