Bathing Suit Trends Over History, From Bathing Skirts To Plus-Size Bikinis

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The swimsuit has had a bumpy ride through history. Women who just want a dip have been subjected to everything from obscenity trials to fluffy leggings. Swimwear's always been fraught with ideas about modesty, social change, acceptable fabric and women's liberation: a swimsuit's never just a swimsuit. If you ever look at your bikini and wonder how on earth we got to the point where wearing a few triangles to a beach became the norm, take a leisurely stroll back through the history of women's bathing suits, or "costumes," and I promise you won't take your "front-tie or cut-away?" options for granted ever again.

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