Retro high-waisted bikinis
might be dotting shopping sites and Instagram the entire summer, but the real
throwback style might just be a bandeau bikini and briefs. True story: Women in Roman bathhouses are depicted as wearing bandeau bikinis in historic mosaics
, in a time prior to mixed-sex bathing.
But, of course, swimwear has definitely evolved — as evidenced by London's Fashion and Textile Museum's latest exhibit, Riviera Style
. From the 1800's wool swim gowns (which frankly sound just awful) to the bloomers of the 1850s to modern day's cut-out one-pieces, we chart the evolution of swimwear throughout the ages, with help from paper-doll illustrations by the classic artist Tom Tierney
. Who knows? Perhaps tunics and tiny board shorts will come back in style; but we'll be happy to leave those wool onesies in the past, thankyouverymuch