A bathing suit made of…wool? In the s, the idea of going to the beach and actually getting into the water to swim was still relatively new. Functionality in swimwear was not as important as fashion, so the prevailing theory was that wool would help keep you warm. As swimming for recreation came into vogue in the s, makers of swimwear had to adapt and make swimwear, well, for swimming.
Vintage Swimsuits | Womens Vintage Swimwear | Vintage Bathing Suits | s - s
This great bathing suit dates to It is made from cotton that has a kind of water-resistant finish. It's called the "Swim Easy", and I guess it was easier swimming in this suit than in the standard heavy wool suits of the time! The suit is made in one piece, with the bloomers attached to the dress. To get into it, you stepped into it through the neck, which unbuttons to allow a big enough entry.