Swim Suits and Sports Clothing



1900s Bathing Suit
There were varieties of style and color in the new turn-of-the-century 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. The bathing costume was typically accessorized with long black stockings, lace-up bathing slippers, and fancy caps.


19th Century Sports: swimmingBathing Machine
The proper etiquette for the Victorian sea-side was the use of the bathing machine. The bathing machine was like a sentry-box on wheels; it was about six feet in length and width, and about eight feet high, with a peaked roof. The use of this device was more strictly enforced for women who had to endure a variety of discomforts which far outweighed any possible compensation of a day at the sea. The men had the best of it; they were allowed to bathe in drawers, and could plunge off one of the small boats that often patrolled along the front of the beach.


Riding Clothing

Riding dresses, hats and accessories. Ladies’ riding habits were adapted in shape to the figure of the lady.


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.


Victorian Skaters Animated Gif by Victoriana.ComIce Skating Fashion & Fun
One of the greatest attractions for winter fun in 1890 was the new Palais de Glace in Paris. It was the first Parisian skating rink with artificial ice. Highlighted is fashionable Victorian skating clothing styles and ice skating fun.


19th Century Sports: cyclingBicycle Clothing
In the 1880s, cycling became a fad of major proportions in both the United States and Europe. By the 1890s, the "The Golden Age of Bicycles" had arrived. Bicycling clubs for both men and women flourished on both sides of the Atlantic, and touring and racing were the rage. Leggins, hat, gloves, tie— even the chatelaine bag—must match the costume.


Vintage SwimsuitVintage Swimsuits
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.


Women's Golf Clothing
Women enjoyed the game of golf and had a variety of fashions to wear on the course. Step back in time when women dressed in long skirts, lacy blouses and wide brim hats on the golf course. Featured here are examples of blouses, coats, hats, and even corsets for the turn-of-the-century lady golfer.