A Walkthrough How Women Swimsuits Have Changed From The 1910s Till Now

Different times bring different changes to us and everything, here are the changes that women swimsuits have done through the years

In the past, during the centuries before 18 century, there were no specific clothes to wear if you wanted to go to the beach and have a swim in the sea. It all started to change when moving and visiting other places and tourist attractions become more accessible to people. At first, it was a bit difficult for women to undress and have a swim barely in clothes because the society of that time was judgemental of this kind of totally free will and emancipation of women.

We at Viral Strange are going to show to you different photos through different periods of history and see for yourself how much our women have emancipated and how they changed swimsuits from time to time.

1. Swimsuit from the 1910s.


The rising of railway transport made way for tourism to expand and flourish because people had more ease to move from place to place. The booming of tourism made people travel more and visit different resorts but it was uncommon for them to get undressed to swim at the beach. The first swimsuit for women was a pair of wide pants and a dress.

2. Swimsuit from the 1920s.


The big change came at the Olympic games that were held in 1912. With the adding of swimming as one of the competing sports there was an immediate need for a new design for swimwear because the big pants and dresses could make the athletes not achieve great results. Women athletes were introduced first with the new swimsuits that made them show more of their bodies like legs and arms.

3. Swimsuit from the 1930s


During this period tanned skin become a trend and women love it, The swimwear didn’t experience very much change but more accessories and colors were used by women. We need to say that men were still not allowed to wear short pants and reveal their hairy chests.

4. Swimsuit from the 1940s


The World War had a big impact on people’s lives even swimwear was impacted by this war because they didn’t have the luxury anymore to spend fabric that much for clothes, this was how 2 pieces of swimwear were invented. Also, women always tried to roll up their swimsuits to get better-tanned skin and this made an underwear businessman named Louis Reard create the first bikinis for women in 1946. At first, opinions were divided because people were not still used to revealing so much of their bodies.

5. Swimsuit from the 1950s


Bikinis were sensational and women loved them very much because they attracted the hearts and souls of men. The first woman to be brave enough to wear such body relieving suit was the beautiful Brigitte Bardot

6. Swimsuit from the 1960s


In those years people tried many classic swimsuits but mostly they tried to create swimsuits from materials that were fast-drying because the old materials took too much time to get dry.

7. Swimsuit from the 1970s


For better tanning results, women start to prefer these sideless and one-piece swimsuits. This made underwear manufacturers produce more of these suits because of the high demands from the consumers. They also added ”kini” in every swimsuit model and this is how monokini came into existence.

8. Swimsuit from the 1980s


With the rising of pool parties during this period women didn’t care that much about tanning and the classic one-piece swimsuits came back in fashion but those who still wanted to go to the beach and get tanned preferred bikinis.

9. Swimsuit from the 1990s


Pamela Anders from the Baywatch Tv show amazed everyone with her red full-body swimsuit running in slow motion through the beach. This has a great impact on the public and the Baywatch swimsuits were becoming popular fast.

10. Swimsuit from the 2000s


The mini bikinis came back in fashion during those years but with an add-on of the wraparound skirt. This wraparound skirt has different sizes from short to big ones.

11. Swimsuit from the 2010s


Those years were a bit difficult for women because of the bandeau swimsuits that were without straps and could look good only in certain bodies types. Also, the monokini was back in fashion but could mess up your body tanning.

12. Swimsuit from the 2019s


The most wanted and fashionable swimsuits were the retro ones but also sports swimwear in bright colors for perfect tanning.


Written by Igli Ismolli

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  1. 2010 is still in style. And a 1 piece will never go out ! Christy Brinkley looks great in a one piece, and you know she’d be smokin’ ass hot in a bikini 👙.

    • I’m sure Christy Brinkley isn’t that young anymore…look her up…some still look good…some changed drastically! Look up some of these celebrities…you’d be surprised….

    • Yes, the natural healthy naturist / nudist beaches are the best place to be in the summer, especially with family. We love it, and no one judges/competes, and the swimming ‘costume’ is always in fashion and is healthy! In the cooler weather we sauna and chill out at home nude. Best way to be!

  2. I’ve noticed the swimwear is very retro just now, gone back to I don’t maybe the 1940’s (ish) with the high wasted bikini bottoms, and dress type swimwear, a lot of things in fashion from many many years ago are sneaking back in but I don’t see me wearing much of it lol!!