Women’s 1920s vintage bathing suits came in several contrasting colors. Styles included two-piece swimsuits consisting of jersey shirts and flannel trousers. Also available were satin bathing frocks with attached wool jersey knickers and wool jersey bathing frocks to be worn over one-piece swimsuits. Also worn were rubberized silk hats, cross-stitched jersey head-bands, and satin bathing slippers.
Left: Wool vintage swimsuit with striped trimming in contrasting colors. This vintage swimsuit was available in navy with turquoise, old rose with grey, turquoise with navy, green with black, or purple with gold.
Right: Wool vintage swimsuit with belt, neck binding, and bloomers in contrasting colors. This vintage swimsuit was available in navy with sea green, old rose with grey, or turquoise with navy.
Left: Wool vintage swimsuit with contrasting stripes and bloomers. This vintage swimsuit was available in navy with turquoise, old rose with grey, turquoise with navy, or purple with gold.
Right: Wool vintage swimsuit with contrasting colored stripes at the neck, waist, and bottom. This vintage swimsuit was available in old rose with sea green, turquoise with grey, navy with turquoise, or grey with turquoise.
Bathing Suit Mugs
Left: Bramley two-piece wool jersey vintage swimsuit, consisting of a bathing frock to be worn over a one-piece swimming suit, in black, beige, gray or navy blue. The frock is hand cross-stitched in brilliant colors, with tasseled tie to match. Also shown is a hand cross-stitched jersey head-band.
Right: Bramley two-piece vintage swimsuit consisting of a bathing frock of colorful printed silk with an appliqué band of black wool jersey to be worn over a one-piece black wool jersey swimming suit with a band of matching printed silk. Also available was a bathing cap to match.
Left: Two-piece vintage swimsuit consisting of a white jersey shirt, navy blue flannel trousers and a white belt.
Right: One-piece vintage swimsuit consisting of a bathing frock of black satin with attached straight knickers and turn-over cuffs of wool jersey in red, blue or jade green. Also available was a rubberized silk hat in bright colorings with black silk facing and satin bathing slippers in black, red, green or white.
History of the Bathing Suit
It was in the early 1800s that people began to flock to the beaches for seaside amusement; along with this new outdoor pastime came the need for a stylish garment for the privileged lady of fashion.
1900s Vintage Bathing Suits
Women typically dressed in black, knee-length, puffed-sleeve wool dresses, often featuring a sailor collar, and worn over bloomers or drawers trimmed with ribbons and bows.