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The Evolution of the Swimsuit

August 06, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

The Evolution of the Swimsuit


History behind the Swimsuit

Swimsuits were invented right back in the mid 1800’s. In most cultures swimming was either in the nude or the swimmer would merely strip to their underwear.  In the Renaissance swimming was strongly discouraged and into the 18th century swimming had to be justified on health grounds as it was regarded as a doubtful morality.


The Victorian era style of costume was of outer clothing, not very practical and even dangerous in the water, especially for the ladies who wore dress-style swimwear.  It wasn’t until the early 20th Century that swimming became regarded as a legitimate leisure activity and clothing made especially for swimming became available.

Since then swimwear has evolved enormously and has seen an average annual growth rate of 4.70% from 11500 million $ in 2014 to 13200 million $ in 2017. It is reported that in the next few years the swimwear market size will be further expanded and it is expected that it will reach 15600 million $ buy 2022.

Swimsuits through the years


1870s American bathing suit for women, made of wool and covering arms and legs


American bathing suit, 1876-1880


American bathing suit, 1885

American bathing suit, 1890–1895




1907

1920’s

1930’s



1950’s


1980’s




2000



Present Day




Planet Mermaid has a fantastic range of swimsuits, mermaid tails, mermaid bikinis and matching accessories for those who like to make a splash in and out of the water.

The large selection of colours and styles will ensure that your personal tastes are catered for; the main problem will be in the choosing!

A selection from the new adult Atlantis rangecan be found below:

Atlantis Range
Atlantis Adult Mermaid tAILS


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