17 Vintage Photos of What Swimsuits Used to Look Like
Remember when swimwear wasn’t all about the bikini?
Today’s swimsuit styles are either too loud, too boring, or, well, barely there. Looking through vintage pictures of what bathing suits used to look like makes us miss the chic swimwear of yesteryear. While you can obviously find some flattering swimsuits these days, there’s something about vintage swimsuits that puts them in a league of their own. From those figure-hugging one pieces that featured shorts, skirts, and even ties, to those unique two pieces, there was something for everyone. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with these throwback beach photos.
Pool day with the kids
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Mixing stripes with a print is always a flattering look.
These two German women carry a parasol for added protection from the sun.
Swim cap at the ocean
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This swimsuit looks similar to a modern-day romper.
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Men’s swimsuits have also come a long way.
Stitches down the side
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A stitched design on the legs and top of this swimsuit tie it together. If you want a swimsuit as flattering as this, make sure you avoid these mistakes the next time you’re bathing suit shopping.
Patterned swimsuits look good on almost everyone.
Simple and flattering
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You can’t go wrong with a black swimsuit and white trim.
Four by the sea
There were still many different styles to chose from.
We might see a similar style of suit today. But heels at the beach? Probably not.
Flattering one piece
While you’re at the beach in your cute swimsuit, try these swimming workouts that burn major calories.
Splashing through the waters
It’s hard to not have a smile on your face when you’re at the beach.
An umbrella is necessary, especially if you have fair skin.
If where you are living is too cold to break out the swimsuit and hit the beach, watch these fun beach movies to make you feel like you’re there.
Men’s suits sometimes looked like a tank top with shorts.
Skirts were a classic bottom back in the day. Now, you see a lot of high-waisted styles making a comeback.
Now, check out these empowering swimsuit pictures to prove that there is no one bikini body.