The Miami News, Florida, November 9, 1962

The Miami News, Florida, November 9, 1962

The Signal, Santa Clarita, California, March 26, 1968

The Signal, Santa Clarita, California, March 26, 1968

Confidences by Lewis Baumer, The Tatler, England, September 12,…

Confidences by Lewis Baumer, The Tatler, England, September 12, 1923

Steuben Republican, Angola, Indiana, March 11, 1908

Steuben Republican, Angola, Indiana, March 11, 1908

The Signal, Santa Clarita, California, June 23, 1968

The Signal, Santa Clarita, California, June 23, 1968

Florence Mills, 1926

Florence Mills, 1926

thereallieutenantcommanderdata: yesterdaysprint: The Sketch,…

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The Sketch, England, July 19, 1933

What, in this context, would be the expected type of suit?  I’m guessing it’s “one-piece suits are too revealing”, hence the humor of her wearing a more revealing two-piece suit, but what would the less-revealing two-piece suit be?

A two piece would traditionally be 1) “bloomers” or stockings and 2) a second piece which was a combination skirt and blouse, so a traditional two piece was more “modest”. By the 1920s, rubber soled bathing shoes that laced up halfway to the knee were out, but those were part of the earlier two piece. A one piece, basically a two piece but with no stockings, was considered pretty shocking at the time – so you can imagine how shocking the new two piece was!

The Times, Shreveport, Louisiana, May 11, 1922

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Dancer Maryon Vadie, 1923

Dancer Maryon Vadie, 1923

Drawing by P.B. Hickling in The Tatler, England, May 9, 1923

Drawing by P.B. Hickling in The Tatler, England, May 9, 1923

28 pictures that show our moms were so cool when they were young…

28 pictures that show our moms were so cool when they were young in the 1950s.