The summer is almost finished, at least when the shops, both, bricks-and-mortar and online, is concerned. Clothes and other goods for fall are on the shelves and in windows already.
“Nooooo!” I scream, because as much as this summer here in Mediterranean was hot and dry, I’ll choose it over fall and winter any time.
Wearing no make-up but a little bit of homemade olive oil sun protection and having the biggest problem in styling every day, which swimsuit to choose, is the best summer I could imagine. And if it ends so soon I would feel down and depressed. My swimsuits are still ready to play and swim and my face got used to no make-up days.
Wanting to prolong the summer, I came upon the idea of writing this blog post where I will give second life to my swimsuits, but it will be off the beach and off the pool.
And this time I gave my imagination no boundaries and it went in crazy directions. Maybe sun got into my head or the wish to be different and unique got on fire this time…nevertheless, it proves again that everything is possible to wear if you have courage and a little bit of creativity.
1. From beach to beach bar
2. Walk in the city
3. Easy going
4. Business meeting
5. Night out
5a. Night Out - adding some colour
6. Edgy for the Brave
Thinking a little bit deeper about swimsuits (very philosophical time of my life, hahaha) I had to research back in history to find out that most of the time people swam naked (Antique times) or in total clothing. At least until 20th century where a little leg and shoulders were shown. Australian “underwater ballerina” Annette Kellerman was arrested on the beach showing too much of the skin in an costume she adopted in England, while visiting Boston, USA for her diving into glass tanks performances.
Her one-piece suits were so popular that it resulted in creating her own line of women's swimwear which was the first step to modern swimwear, the "Annette Kellermans", as they were known.
It was later accepted as female swimwear at the Summer Olympics 1912. Already next year the first two-piece swimwear was designed by the designer Carl Jantzen. In 1915. the name swim suit was coined by Jantzen Knitting Mills who launched first swimwear brand called the Red Diving Girl.
In 1930s at the Olympics, men could already swim in bare-chest suits and women, risking disqualification, in uncovered shoulder blades.
For the two-piece swimsuits in the USA we have to thank the 2nd World War, ha! It was because of the rationalisation of the use of fabrics for swimsuits that made them look more like in their underwear. That is the time the first bikinis appeared. They were named after Bikini Atoll, the site of several nuclear weapons tests in the middle of Pacific Ocean, for their supposed explosive effect on the viewer.
The revolutionary and controversial for the era, in 1964. first monokini saw the light of the world, showing a lot, even the women’s breasts.
In the 1972 Olympics, Speedo company presented nylon/elastane suits that brought 21 out 22 records to the athletes using them. But East German swimmers swam in the swimsuits tightly attached to the body, so called “skin suits” that were of great shock to the US swimmers because when they got wet they became virtually transparent.
Nevertheless, the “skin suit” was soon adopted by other swimmers too, due to the 7 world records and 10 out of 14 runs won by the East German women at the 1973 World Aquatics Championships.
In 2000. Speedo launched Fastskin suit that mimicked shark skin and it covered swimmers whole body from neck to the ankles and the wrists and the shape was optimised for the best possible swimming. It was approved for the 2000. Olympics and it helped win 83% of the medals.
Including swimsuits made for the Islamic tradition women called burkini, covering everything except face, hands and feet, are we going back 100 years in history?
Today when everything is allowed and freedom is not a strange word any more, when we can go out wearing what ever we want, and going to the beach in bikini, one-piece swimsuit or even naked is ok, why are we covering our bodies as they did before?
Well, one do it for religious reasons the others because of the records, but many because it is not forbidden any more. We like to do things that are not allowed and we fight to get the allowance to be able to do it, and then it is not fun any more.
I have to say, I like freedom more then anything, and having possibility to choose, I definitely choose as much sun on my skin as possible. You try to guess what I meant by that…