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When it comes to men and beach attire, times have changed from the full coverage singlets that reined at the turn of the century (last century, that is). In light of survey results released last week revealing a growing popularity of the banana hammock, we couldn’t help but look back at how men have suited up to hit the waves over the years.
On our search we came across some stunning photos, from Hollywood stars posing on the beaches of Los Angeles, to bathers soaking up sun on the shores of Italy and Belgium. From one piece suits with full button-up shirt fronts to tailored shorts with strikingly modern hemlines, the key to pulling off these vintage swimwear looks is just the same as ever—confidence.
Aspects of vintage swimwear silhouettes have remained or come back into style over decades of new design. This season, AussieBum even brought back the swim singlet in addition to their retro inspired collection of beachwear.
Check out these stellar shots of men in vintage swimwear, and let us know if you’ve got any tucked in your closet that might be ready for a second go around!
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Photo Credits: Getty Images, Folco Quilici/Alinari,F J Mortimer, Fox Photos, Hulton Archive.