10 Hot Summer Beach Fashions from 100 Years Ago

Updated on Jul 21, 2019. Originally added on Jun 21, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
School's out, summer has begun - and hot (often extremely hot!) weather is here.

Some things rarely change and even 100 years ago traditional summer vacations almost always included a trip to the beach. However, how we dress for our beach adventures has dramatically changed since the late 1910's - 1920's. Could you imagine wearing these outfits during a Summer heat wave?

Enjoy these ten hot summer photos from 100 years ago - and consider yourself lucky for not having to wear these bathing suits to the beach!

10 Hot Summer Beach Fashions from 100 Years Ago

Young woman in bathing suit

It may not be a real beach but it's a lovely photo of a day at the beach!

Unknown girl, 1923

The beach, her doll, an umbrella and a fan - why does she look unhappy?

1910's - bathing suit

How would you like all of that fabric on a hot summer day?


Roxy McGowan and Mary Thurman

You could wear this on the street today - and be overdressed!

Measuring bathing suits, 1922

So, your suit couldn't be too high above the knee?

Choose one!
Bathing Beach, 1920

1920 lineup of bathing suits

June Roberts in rubber bathing suit, 6/17/22

In the 1920's, shoes and stockings were a must at the beach.


Women in bathing suits with ukuleles

Bring your own music - ukuleles.

Women in bathing suits

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea - not!

Swimming in the 1880's
Frances Benjamin Johnston
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