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A day at the ocean in the 1920s

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Beachtime, swimsuits and stylish babes under the sun of the Jazz Age.

“They were smart and sophisticated, with an air of independence about them, and so casual about their looks and clothes and manners as to be almost slapdash. I don't know if I realised as soon as I began seeing them that they represented the wave of the future, but I do know I was drawn to them. I shared their restlessness, understood their determination to free themselves of the Victorian shackles of the pre-World War I era and find out for themselves what life was all about.”

Colleen Moore about Flappers women during the Roaring 20s

Baby it's damn hot out there! Grab your towel and lets flip flop to the beach! Wait, is that a wool swimsuit? You must be kidding me! No, not kidding. Wool fabric beachwear were the ultimate summer fashion hit during the Roaring 20s before being replaced with a more swim-friendly ribbed jersey material.

Swimwear during the 1920s was certainly very different from today's bikinis. They were much more austere and were used to really cover the body hiding as much as possible to avoid a scandal en-plain-air in a time during which showing legs was considered insolent and outrageous.

Ok, it's 90 degrees on the sandy beach of Long Island but you know, public decency had to be guaranteed! I'm sure you don't want the police officer to come by and measure the length of your swimsuit to ensure you are not showing too much skin ...

Beachtime should be a moment of relaxation and true wonder so check well your outfit next time!



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