In the 18th century, swimming was regarded as of doubtful morality, and had to be justified on health grounds. It was in the early 19th century that people began to flock to the beaches for seaside amusement. With the introduction of railroads, oceanside beaches became even more popular for sunny recreations.
In the Victorian era, swimwear was of a style of outer clothing of the time, which were cumbersome and even dangerous in the water, especially in the case of dress-style swimwear for women.
Since the early 20th century, swimming came to be regarded as a legitimate leisure activity or pastime and clothing made specifically for swimming became the norm. Since then, swimwear has become increasingly more scanty and form-fitting, despite the objections of conservative elements in the community and moral campaigners, and the use of hi-tech materials has become more common.
Take a look at these cool photos to see what swimwear looked like during Victorian era.