Swimming Suit Facts

Swimming Suit Facts
Public bathing, popular in Greece and Rome, took a few centuries to catch on in other parts of the world. Nowadays the swimsuit continues to evolve, with a long and storied history behind it.


The first swimsuits covered nearly every inch of a woman's body. The first bikini was worn during a Paris fashion show in 1946, according to Swimsuit-style.com


The earliest of swimsuits were made of wool because it remained modestly opaque when wet. However they became quite wet when saturated with water, weighing up to nine pounds.


Spandex, introduced in the 1950s according to Madehow.com, revolutionized the swimsuit industry by allowing a lighter, more fitting swimsuit.


The proper name for a one-piece swimsuit is maillot. Maillots may come in a variety of styles including bandeau, cutouts, one-shoulder and halter neck.

Men's Suits

Early men's swimsuits were designed much like women's suits, keeping the chest, arms and legs down to the knee all covered. When men first began to go topless in swimsuits, they could be arrested for indecent exposure.


The term "glamour suit" has been used since the Eisenhower Era to refer to outrageous constructions of anything from flesh-colored mesh and rhinestones to scanty cut-away fabrics and metal embellishments, according to Swimsuit-style.com.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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