More and more women of all sizes are embracing their bodies at the beach and ditching the black swim skirts and oversized tees for plus-size bikinis instead. After all, a day at the beach or pool is always better when you wear a bold swimsuit that makes you feel unstoppable! I always wore basketball shorts and a T-shirt to swim in. Firstly because I could never find a bathing suit that fit, and secondly because I was desperate to hide my body. It started with sleeveless shirts, and then crop tops, and then finally a bikini.
How item ‘smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit’ changed beachwear forever
Bikini - Wikipedia
On July 5, , French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halter top and shorts in the s, but only a sliver of the midriff was revealed and the navel was vigilantly covered. In the United States, the modest two-piece made its appearance during World War II , when wartime rationing of fabric saw the removal of the skirt panel and other superfluous material. Meanwhile, in Europe, fortified coastlines and Allied invasions curtailed beach life during the war, and swimsuit development, like everything else non-military, came to a standstill. In , Western Europeans joyously greeted the first war-free summer in years, and French designers came up with fashions to match the liberated mood of the people. In planning the debut of his new swimsuit, Reard had trouble finding a professional model who would deign to wear the scandalously skimpy two-piece. So he turned to Micheline Bernardini, an exotic dancer at the Casino de Paris, who had no qualms about appearing nearly nude in public.
5 Plus-Size Women on Wearing a Bikini for the First Time
July 5 marks National Bikini Day, celebrating 73 years since its invention in Fashion houses had begun to use rationing as an excuse to redesign the swimsuit, using less fabric and revealing more flesh. As a result in the s the midriff was exposed for the first time and the swimsuit began to get smaller in size and bigger in stature. His designs arrived with a bang, four days after explosive nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and the rest as they say is history. On July 11 , Micheline became the first women to wear a bikini, during a press show in Paris.
If you Google "swimsuits" or "bikini" you will be overwhelmed with the number of shopping options you have. There are so many different colors, styles, cuts, terms and prices that I did not know where to begin when I decided I finally wanted to buy and wear my first ever bikini at age To backtrack on my swimsuit story: I grew up in St.