The women of the 19th century would shudder to think what a “bathing costume” looks like today.
Vine star Amanda Cerny models the “Evolution of the Bikini” in a fun video, taking a look at swimwear styles from the last 100 years.
1890s: Had to cover up
Side note: Women who wanted to go swimming in the ocean in the 1890s had to secretly change into their bathing suits in a “bathing machine,” or van, by the water, and then change back into a proper dress before joining the public eye. Please.
1910s: Actually, this is sort of cute! I’d totally wear it.