Most of us wouldn’t give bikinis a second thought. But there was a time when the idea of even showing off your arms — let alone your midriff — was scandalous.

So what did swimwear look like when it was considered indecent to show any skin at all? And how has it made the evolution from all-covering gown to the ‘itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikinis’ that we see today?

Cotton Traders have traced the humble bathing suit back to its origins and shown how — through every frown, shock and scandal — we’ve arrived at the variety of liberating styles we enjoy in the 21st century.

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From 1700 to Today: Swimwear Through the Ages

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders' Zone, a construction / home improvement portal.

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