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Other than the members of my high school’s water polo or swim team, I can’t recall anyone my age donning a swim cap. I do, however,  seem to recall little old ladies and women in black and white movies that would never be caught without one if there was any water-related activity in the program.

Perhaps it’s my usual  love of all things vintage, but there just seems something so sexy about the way women pulled off swimwear ‘back in the day,’ including the wearing of swim caps. Perhaps its the covering up of one of our feminine treasures, while showing off more of the rest of us? I’m a firm believer that ‘sexy’ always leaves something to the imagination: in this instance, covering a lengthy mane.

Shall we bring back the decorative swim cap, ladies?

The above swim cap is considered the "Aviator Style" with the strap--mirroring the ace flyers of prior years.

Colorful, but fairly simple

With a strap, but more decorative...

Wish I'd had this one for the 4th!

How about a head full of flowers?

Any of these strike your fancy? If you were going to wear a swim cap, what style would be your style?

And just for fun, check out a brief  ‘fashion show’ of swim caps in the UK.

3 responses to “Ladies Lounge: Swim Caps of Yesteryear”

  1. Molly Head says:

    In my girlhood all pools REQUIRED woman and girls to wear bathing caps. Some hype about hair clogging the drains of the pools. It was sexist whoo haa, and at some point, that “rule” went away. Thank gawd . . bathing caps were uncomfortable.

  2. Claire Yatsevitch says:

    Swim caps are essential to maintain and keep pools sanitary for all swimmers. Who wants to run into clumsp or stands of hair in the pool? Yuck. In Europe stringent requirements of pre shower and caps are enforced. It makes the experience so much more pleasent.

    That said, your question “Shall we bring back decorative swim caps, ladies?” is refreshing. I love the lycra ruffels by Fashy (made in Germany). They come with a vinyl lining that I remove. Any hard fabric is uncomfortable. I like the embossed hats you feature however, the fabric they are made out of is uncomfortable.

    None of them “Keeps your hair dry” so forget that feature. Frilly, fashion made out of bathing suite material that keeps the hair out of the face ( to breath), keeps the hair out of the pool water, and sets off a swim “OUTFIT” is exceptionally nice. A lady (or man) wearing any HAT will get the attention. This is not for 21st centruy kids….just for people why are aware of the finer things in life.

    Indianapolis used to be, maybe still is, the hub of United States Syncronized Swimming. Synchronized swimming is a lifetime of pleasure. Creative swimming is so much more pleasurable that grinding out laps.

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