See Women's Swimwear Evolve Into The Bikini We Wear Today

"Let's go to the beach, each, let's go get a wave."

Believe it or not, women haven't always worn those teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikinis we now see dotting coastlines all over the world. 

In fact, it wasn't until the 1930s that bathing suits became bikinis like the ones we're familiar with today. Because bathing suit trends, like all other fashion trends, reflect the historical happenings of each era. 

And in a YouTube video presented by Breathless Resorts & Spas, we get to see the evolution of the bikini game transform from past to present.


First, in the 1890s, women's swimwear actually resembled a dress (with additional coverage on the leg).

From 1888 to about 1905, women's fashion became less bulky — transitioning from Victorian fashion to a more modern style. Specifically, women dressed for active lifestyles, which included popular activities such as tennis and golf.

Additionally, "'bloomer' pants were the basic components of bathing dress from the 1850s until well into the early 20th century," according to

Following the 'Roaring '20s,' fashion took an even bigger turn.

"The jazz age brought with it shortened hems, spiked illegal alcohol, bobbed hair and a heightened sense of youthful rebellion. The free-spirited flapper generation was wild, free and eager to show some skin," according to The Huffington Post.

And in the '30s and '40s, the rise of the pin-up girl's sexy style was reflected in a more revealing, figure-hugging bikini fashion.

In the '50s, the fashion world still wasn't entirely accepting of the two piece bikini. But in '56, Brigitte Bardot starred in "And God Created Woman," a film some say popularized the bikini right then and there, according to Complex Magazine.

"Bardot didn't invent the bikini, but she might as well be given credit," Hope Schreiber writes for Complex.

By the '70s, swimwear revealed more and more skin and voilà, bikinis are all the rage.

Then, '80s and '90s fashion hiked up bikini lines and made for some super sexy suits. (Can you say "Baywatch?")

Now, in 2015, the wildly popular two piece bikini often features a triangle cut and a cheeky bottom. Of course, in keeping with the trends, the bikini of today wouldn't be right without some sassy fringe.

Watch the full bikini evolution below:

(H/T: Neatorama)

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