History of Swimwear


In July, our emphasis here at AllBettsAreOff has been that of beaches. I thought we would take a stroll back in history to see what swim attire rules were in vogue over the years. Enjoy.


In May 1917, the American Association of Park Superintendents published “Bathing Suit Regulations” which stated that men’s suits should include a “skirt” worn outside the swimming trunks.One of the first chest-revealing suits for men appeared in 1932 and was called the “Topper.”The suit had a detachable top that could be zipped away from the trunk bottoms.

Wearing the suit without the top was considered indecent exposure in many cities and actually led to arrests. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.