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Beachwear refers to clothing suitable for wearing on a beach or urban beach. In terms of how much material is on the body, beachwear usually falls somewhere between swimwear and what a person wears when fully clothed. 90 mile beach Australia A beach or strand is a geological formation consisting of loose rock particles such as sand, shingle, cobble, or even shell along the shoreline of a body of water. ... A jogger cools off at the urban beach in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge and Dundas Square (multiple exposure picture). ... Womans bathing suit, 1920s, USA A swimsuit (also swimmers), bathing suit (also bathers) or swimming costume (sometimes shortened to cozzie) is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ...

A surfer carries a surfboard on the beach.
A surfer carries a surfboard on the beach.

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Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3456x2304, 3875 KB) Summary Surf, Surfing: Surfer carrying surfboard along the beach. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3456x2304, 3875 KB) Summary Surf, Surfing: Surfer carrying surfboard along the beach. ...

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Types

In an indoor pool, bathers will typically wear lycra briefs (men) or lycra one-piece tanksuits (women). On a beach, especially an urban beach, however, something more substantial is preferred by most. For men, this may consist of beach shorts that are long enough to come down almost to the knees, and sometimes beyond; on an urban beach, men will often wear beach shorts, which look like regular outerwear, but are made of non-absorbent, fast-drying fabrics. Dark colors, such as black, blend well with warm-weather business attire, and can also dry quickly in the sun, since dark color absorbs light. Women's beachwear often consist of a pair of shorts and a tank top. Lycra is INVISTAs trademark for a synthetic polyurethane-based elastane textile with elastic properties of the sort known generically as spandex. As with other spandex materials, Lycra is commonly used in athletic or active clothing, such as clothes for cycling, swimwear, leotards and dancewear, as well as in underclothes. ... This article needs cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Nowadays, however, beachwear is becoming more and more like swimwear, i.e. trunks for men and bikini for women, and may be worn elsewhere too.

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History of beachwear

The invention of the railway, and the proliferation of rail travel in the mid 1800s made it possible for large numbers of people to visit coastal regions. While previously, people had bathed or frolicked nude on the beaches (skinny dipping), the increased popularity of coastal regions resulting from the ease of travel, and the more prudish Victorian morality created a need for beachwear. The word nude may refer to: The state of nudity. ... Skinny dipping, or skinny-dipping is swimming naked. ...

Man and woman in almost body-covering Victorian swimsuits, c. 1910
Man and woman in almost body-covering Victorian swimsuits, c. 1910

In the 1800s and early 1900s beachwear consisted of heavy garments which covered most of the body. Women's beachwear usually covered from neck to ankle, including long sleeves. Men's wear usually consisted of knee-length trousers and a loose, usually sleeveless shirt. Both styles were made of fabrics such as flannel. Download high resolution version (1083x699, 360 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1083x699, 360 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


More recently, the appearance of urban beaches has created a demand for beachwear that, unlike swimwear, is appropriate to be worn in an urban setting, such as the downtown core of a major metropolitan city. A jogger cools off at the urban beach in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge and Dundas Square (multiple exposure picture). ... A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or hubs. ...

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Transformability of beachwear

For men, a simple solution to spontaneous visits to the urban beach is to wear dark coloured, fast-drying shorts, together with a dress shirt (a shirt with a collar), and dress shoes. For beaching, simply doff the shirt and shoes.
For men, a simple solution to spontaneous visits to the urban beach is to wear dark coloured, fast-drying shorts, together with a dress shirt (a shirt with a collar), and dress shoes. For beaching, simply doff the shirt and shoes.

In some places, especially temperate coastal regions, many people like to remain "beach ready" at all times, i.e. to wear something that can be spontaneously transformed into beachwear. For men, simply wearing black shorts that have an integral belt made of nylon webbing (rather than shorts that have a drawstring) underneath regular trousers, together with a shirt that has a nice collar, for example, allow them to transform from formal attire to beachwear easily. This allows spontaneous unplanned visits to an urban beach that is usually located within the downtown business core of a city. Download high resolution version (612x1056, 89 KB)beach shorts suitable for an urban beach Walking in through the doorway from the rooftop urbeach, I captured this picture of my beach shorts, with a Nikon D2h camera set to self-timer, which I put on top of an EX401 loudspeaker that... Download high resolution version (612x1056, 89 KB)beach shorts suitable for an urban beach Walking in through the doorway from the rooftop urbeach, I captured this picture of my beach shorts, with a Nikon D2h camera set to self-timer, which I put on top of an EX401 loudspeaker that... Webbing can mean several things: Nylon webbing is a versatile component of rock climbing equipment. ...

A surfer carries a surfboard on his bike
A surfer carries a surfboard on his bike

Transformable beachwear makes lunch hour trips to the beach possible, reducing the need to find a place to change, or to carry an additional set of clothing. Good beach shorts will mostly be hydrodynamic, and will dry within 10 to 15 minutes of sunbathing on hot black granite or dark cement that absorbs a lot of the water. Because urban beaches usually have roughly-textured black surfaces that absorb both water and sun (thus, heating up easily), good beachwear can usually be dried while it is being worn on the body, simply by lying down to sunbathe for a few minutes. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (828x1053, 230 KB) Summary Surfer Dude carries his board on his bike. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (828x1053, 230 KB) Summary Surfer Dude carries his board on his bike. ... Hydrodynamics is fluid dynamics applied to liquids, such as water, alcohol, oil, and blood. ... Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ... Cement is a material used for bonding other materials together, and as a binder in concrete. ...

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Combination with Outerwear

An advantage of wearing beachwear underneath regular clothing is the ease with which it can be quickly and easily changed. When a changeroom is not available, beach shorts worn under regular trousers make it easy to change from dress slacks to jeans or vice versa, such as when changing in a parking lot, in one's vehicle, or in a similar public space. A changeroom (in Australia, Canada, and other areas, including some parts of the USA, and also known as a changing room, change room, lockerroom, or locker room in the United Kingdom or USA) is a place where people go to change their clothes. ... Trousers are now acceptable clothing for men or women. ... Blue Jeans The backpocket of a pair of Evisu jeans. ... Parking lot showing diagonal parking pattern designed for one-way traffic. ...

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Beachwear within a hierarchy of formality: related concepts

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Henry Scott Tuke often (here "Ruby, gold and malachite," 1902) depicts English coastal boys in the bare on the beach and at sea

Beachwear is not necessarily used for swimming or bathing, and may be used just for lounging around a beach. It is therefore not mandatory to be hydrodynamic or fast-drying, but specifically designed beachwear is as a rule either or both; some swimwear, notably diving suits, is rather unfit for use on land. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1000x749, 232 KB) Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929), Ruby, gold and malachite (1902) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Henry Scott Tuke Beachwear Skinny dipping User:Markaci... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1000x749, 232 KB) Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929), Ruby, gold and malachite (1902) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Henry Scott Tuke Beachwear Skinny dipping User:Markaci... Henry Scott Tuke Henry Scott Tuke (12 June 1858–13 March 1929), British painter, is best remembered for his paintings of naked boys, which have earned him the status of a pioneer of gay male culture. ... Two divers, one wearing a 1 atmosphere diving suit and the other standard diving dress, preparing to explore the wreck of the RMS Lusitania, 1935 A diving suit is a garment or device designed to protect a diver from the underwater environment. ...


Beachwear can be classified within a hierarchy of formality as follows:

  • naked (least possible amount of clothing)
  • underwear (may also double as swimwear)
Man in modern swimsuit on the beach
Man in modern swimsuit on the beach

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More recently, the appearance of urban beaches has created a demand for beachwear that, unlike swimwear, is appropriate to be worn in an urban setting, such as the downtown core of a major metropolitan city.
Beachwear is not necessarily used for swimming or bathing, and may be used just for lounging around a beach.
It is therefore not mandatory to be hydrodynamic or fast-drying, but specifically designed beachwear is as a rule either or both; some swimwear, notably diving suits, is rather unfit for use on land.
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