Bathing Beauties Barely Bare?!

  • Expansion of the railway system meant traveling to the coast became accessible to all
  • Reveal the demure all-in-one outfits worn by both men and women, including caps and shoes
  • The bathing machine was used to change into the cumbersome outfits in privacy
  • It was then wheeled right into the sea to allow bathers to enter the water in ease

100 years ago shows how people used to frolic in the sand in near head-to-toe outfits, complete with hats.

Before the 1900s women hit the waves in full gowns and bloomers but the impracticality of this meant that the all-in-one fitted beach suit began to be introduced for women as well as men.

Bathing belles show off the modest white cotton calf length long sleeved dresses, complete with bathing caps adorned with bobbles, on the beach at Southend-on-Sea, Essex in August 1919

A woman perches on the edge of a bathing machine parked in shallow sea on Ostend beach in July 1911

Ostend beach in Belgium in around 1900 when beach holidays began to become popular as the new railways allowed long distance travel at ease

The bathing machines would we wheeled right down into the water to allow the bather to enter the water with ease, a reduce the stares of other bathers

The bathing machines would we wheeled right down into the water to allow the bather to enter the water with ease, a reduce the stares of other bathers

Bathers dance hand in hand on the beach at Plymouth, Devon in July 1921 wearing rather unusual costumes that seem to have been inspired by Grecian togas

Advertisements

About vintagewanderlust33

I'm a 34 yo with a dusty soul. I love everything old! I hope to find new treasures through networking as I'm always on the hunt for something that has a hint of nostalgia. View all posts by vintagewanderlust33

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: