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July 10, 2016

Victorian Bathing Suit Fashion: The Most Cumbersome Swimwear of All Time

In the early Victorian era women had worn serge or dark flannel bathing dresses, but by the 1860s two piece belted costumes replaced the earlier styles.

The swimwear bodice top was jacket like and the swimsuit bottom part three quarter trousers which had been rejected only a decade earlier when Amelia Bloomer urged women to adopt them.

The later Victorian swimsuit outfit was still cumbersome, but was more practical and more attractive than earlier bathing clothes.

These vintage pictures prove why women swimsuit style during Victorian era is always the cumbersome of all time.

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