I can imagine that to the average Charm reader, a trip to somewhere in which a swimsuit would be needed in January was just a dream. It was, after all, The Magazine for Women Who Work, and not for the women who had large sums of money with which to take winter vacations. Or maybe this was meant to be for the “later” mentioned in the caption.
I’m really interested in the idea of swimsuits with sleeves. Ever since the sleeves were banished from bathing suits in the early 1920s, makers have tried on numerous occasions to bring them back, and in fact, many of Claire McCardell’s designs for swimsuits had sleeves. Nevertheless, it is very rare for one to come onto the vintage market, so I’m betting they just didn’t go over, especially in the days when much of the object of wearing one was to get a tan.
Today everything from two pieces of string tied strategically to a long sleeved leotard paired with leggings can pass for a bathing suit. I rather like the idea of a short sleeved bathing suit, but then I’m pretty much in favor of all sleeves these days.
Bathing suit was part of the International Set line from Jantzen; hat by John Fredericks; copyright Conde Nast.