Summer is totally in full swing and while you're busy shopping for swimsuits, how about a quick history detour? We trace the history of swimwear by making a quick survey on pop culture and narrowing them down to six styles. So what kind of swimsuit girl are you? Time to find out!
THE CLASSIC SWIMSUIT
Arguably the first iconic classic swimsuit would be Deborah Kerr's plunging V-neck with a skirt component in From Here to Eternity (1953). But by today's standards, however, Kerr's beachwear of choice resembles a romper more than a bathing suit.
The classic swimsuit has that modest sensibility of the tankini, with a bottom most similar to that of today's boxer briefs. Cases in point: Jean Seberg in Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). Consequently, swimsuits worn by Bo Derek in 10 (1979) and Pamela Anderson in Baywatch (1995) would follow the classic formula—one-piece, streamlined, and a singular color—but with a higher cut on the pelvis, reflecting the '80s leotard aesthetic.
A notable recent revival of the classic swimsuit is Keira Knightley in Atonement (2007), a semi-period film set in the '30s. Keira wears a white one-piece with a matching swimcap. It evokes the strappy, bare-back style of '30s dresses and women's loyalty to skull-hugging hats and turbans that have managed to remain in vogue until the early '60s.
Photo credits: www.ew.com (Deborah Kerr); http://www.pinterest.com/jackkjohnson/jean-seberg/ (Jean Seberg); http://www.dailymail.co.uk (Elizabeth Taylor); www.instyle.com (Bo Derek); www.socialmediaseo.net (Pamela Anderson); http://smileycurlytop.blogspot.com (Kiera Knightley)
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