Preth century[ edit ] Woman's bathing suit In classical antiquity swimming and bathing were done naked. There are Roman murals which show women playing sports and exercising wearing two-piece suits covering the areas around their breasts and hips in a fashion remarkably similar to the present-day bikini. However, there is no evidence that they were used for swimming. All classical pictures of swimming show nude swimmers. In various cultural traditions one swims, if not in the nude, in a version in suitable material of a garment or undergarment commonly worn on land, e. In the United Kingdom until the midth century there was no law against nude swimming, and each town was free to make its own laws.
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Enjoyed by great and small In suits of any sort Though better none at all. With the introduction of railroads, ocean-side beaches became even more popular for sunny recreations. Along with this new outdoor pastime came the need for a stylish garment for the privileged lady of fashion. Here we will follow the path of the history of swimwear, which began long before the modern day bikini. Although sea bathing was fashionable in the 18th century, it was considered proper to keep the skin white and untouched by the sun. This Gallery of Fashion print shows two ladies protected by face-shading bonnets, shawls and gloves as they approach a group of bathing machines , a sort of cabana on wheels.