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Victorian Bathing Suits: Beautiful Styles from Another Time

The Victorian bathing suit is the first two-pieced swimsuit that we see emerge as a fashion trend. Before the Victorian era, swimsuits were generally one piece and extremely modest. While the women's and men's vintage bathing suits from the Victorian era are still modest by today's standards, they were revolutionary for the time. The switch from one piece to two-piece completely changed the way in which women were able to go swimming.


Despite these changes, women still had to hold onto a rope that was attached to a buoy so that they didn't drown. Considering that many of these swimsuits were made of wool or taffeta, the heaviness of the swimsuits was a threat and worry for many women. Later models of swimsuits that were made toward the turn of the century were crafted from mohair, which is slightly lighter, and then were made of muslin. The designs featured skirts with bloomers underneath. Many of the bathing suits had sailor collars and striped fabric, but more conservative swimwear would be a solid color with high collars. Eventually, towards the end of the Victorian Era, sleeveless designs that showed off ankles became most popular. Fortunately, they were also easier to swim in. One piece swimsuits that are similar to those that we see today did not come into fashion until the 1920s.


Recollections has a wide selections of women's and men's vintage bathing suits to fit all personalities and styles. Begin looking for the perfect Victorian bathing suit for your next beach outing right here. If you have any questions, feel free to send Recollections an email or phone call. Our friendly staff are happy to help. Get started building your collection today!

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BUST 3334 3536 3738 4042 4446 4850 5254 5658
WAIST 2425 2627 2830 3133 3537 3942 4447 5053


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Most people find that our sizing runs generously. If you are undecided with which size to order, it is best to order the smaller size, or give us a call to assist you (1-800-452-5925). You may also email us at sales@recollections.biz with your measurements (bust and waist) and we can help you choose the nearest size.


An exception to the generous sizing is the type of ball gown that requires boning in the bodice and that supports a heavy skirt. Many times this style is also "off-the-shoulder" and requires a firm fit to stay up. These styles tend to not run as generously as most of our other garments because of this. But please, give us a call if you are uncertain.


In most cases you should take your bust and waist measurement to determine your size. Please wear the undergarments that you intend to wear when you do your measuring. For example, take your measurement over the type of brassiere or corset that you may be wearing.


Measure the fullest part of your bust around and the smallest part of your waist.


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