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Bathing costume; swimwear; bathwear

ladies' and men's sports-style clothing for wear when bathing. Is tight-fitting, worn against the skin, and commonly manufactued from elasticated knits. The ladies' and girl's bathing costume is a single garment which covers the pelvis and trunk, or two-piece, in which case it is composed of pants and a bra. The men's b. c. is a single garment. B. c. were introduced as late as the end of the 19th century; they were modernized from the 1920s, in a wide range of textile fabrics and fashionable cuts.



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