Women’s swimwears consist of bathing suit, swimsuit and swimming costume. Swimsuit is often referred to as swimmers, bathing suit as bathers and swimming costumes as cozzie. They are clothes used by women while swimming. They are usually skintight clothing. They are designed to keep the wearer modest. They show as much of the body as possible but conceal nudity. They have liners that make them non-transparent when wet.
Swimwear may be one-piece swimsuits or bikinis. Special swimwear, used for swimming sports, is made to reduce skin drag. Special sports’ swimsuits used for diving and swimming are referred to as diveskins.
The material used for making them is known as spandex. Diveskins cover the whole body but give no thermal protection. They, however, protect the skin from abrasions and stings. Women’s swimsuits are sometimes used in beauty competitions to display the body. They are also used by models that help in marketing swimsuits for sports and for ordinary beach-goers.
Swimwear may be worn on beaches and around swimming pools even if the wearer does not intend to swim. It is recommended that swimsuits should not be worn for a long time outdoors especially on sunny days to avoid sunburns.
Historically, in the eighteenth century women put on bathing gowns while swimming. The gowns were made in form of long dresses and with fabrics that often become transparent when wet. Weights were placed on the hems to prevent the dress from rising up when in water. In the nineteenth century a two-piece suit was introduced for women.
The two pieces consisted of a gown which covered from the shoulder to the knees and a trouser which covered up to the ankles. In Victorian era bathing machines were used to isolate those in women’s swimsuit as it was considered indecent to put on the two-piece swimsuits. White Lingerie. The arrest of Annette Kellerman in the US is a notable action against indecent exposure.
She was an Australian underwater ballerina, a swimming show consisting of diving into glass tanks. She was charged with indecent exposure for putting on a swimsuit that exposed her neck, arms and legs. Kellerman changed the suit to have long sleeves, a trouser covering up to the ankles and a collar for concealing her neck. She later acted in many movies including one about her life.
After the Kellerman incident, women’s swimwear started being less conservative. Women started wearing bikinis after World War II.