Throughout the 1910's, most men wore the tank suits in the water.
Here’s an interesting article from Gentleman’s Gazette which features an informative history of men’s swimwear from the 19th century until the present.
“Throughout the 1910’s, most men wore the tank suits in the water. Mostly sold in solid colors such as black or navy, this bathing costume reached all the way down to the elbow and the knees.” Doesn’t that sound like the Olympian swimmers of the recent past before they were banned for jammers (fabric only allowed below the belly button and above the knees)?
The article also focuses on fabrics through the years, and finishes with where today’s men can buy swimwear in budget, medium and designer price points, with Orlebar Brown and Vilebrequin at the top of the bracket.
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June 3, 2017