from Beefcake Beachwear: A Short History
|1880-1890, The Union Suit|
According to Lencek and Basker in Making Waves, the first Jentzen men's wet wool suit could weigh as much as 9 pounds and had a tendency to fall down.
|Eastern European Gents, Circa 1910|
|America, circa 1910|
According to Lencek and Bosker, in May 1917, the American Association of Park Superintendents published "Bathing Suit Regulations inThe American City. All-white and flesh-colored suits were discouraged as anatomical details were too clear. Nothing below the armpits could be shown on the chest. Men's suits needed a skirt or skirt effect, worn outside the trunks. The leg could not be shorter than 4 inches from the knee and the skirt not shorter than two inches above the bottom of the trunks."
|Off the Shoulder Chic, circa 1948|
In 1955 Speedo, an Australian company that had been around since 1914, introduced nylon into its fabric for competition swimwear. The string-tied bikini brief style became so popular that even similar-style garments made by different companies are today referred to as Speedoes.In 1958, Spandex was invented and marketed in 1962 by DuPont as Lyrca.