Contrary to what the ’90s would have you believe, men didn’t always wear long board shorts to the beach.
Before swimsuits were so heavily influenced by sport, they were inspired by modesty. Gradually, hemlines were raised — until we reached Speedo levels in the ’70s. After that, the ’80s made way for showing less and less thigh. But surprise! In 2015 we’re flipping the switch again.
This is all according to a new video by Mode, which chronicles the last 100 years of men’s swimwear.
Keep scrolling to see the cyclical pattern of bathing attire from 1915 to 2015.