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Before the 20th century, people who wanted to go swimming in mixed company but keep their modesty would wear bathing costumes that covered nearly as much skin as their regular clothing. In fact, men could be arrested for swimming topless. These are relatively rare in Western culture in the current day, but are still used in cultures where body modesty is considered paramount, such as among Muslims (the style is called a "burqini").

In fiction, these will be seen either in period stories where they're appropriate, or on an individual character to show that he or she is hopelessly old-fashioned, extremely modest, or downright prudish. Stereotypically, the horizontally striped models from between 1900 and 1910 are used (the page image is from 1906), as swimwear started becoming more daring in the 1920s.

Note that in the late 19th century it was often still considered obscene to be seen ''even in an Old-Timey Bathing Suit'', and beaches installed elaborate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathing_machine bathing machines]] to ensure there was no chance of [[FullyClothedNudity accidentally seeing a woman's legs]] from the beach. That made this kind of swimsuit also a porn trope when bathing machines were at their zenith, before mixed gender bathing started to become more acceptable in the 1900s.

Contrast the BarelyThereSwimwear.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Country Time [[LiteCreme Lemonade Flavored Drink Mix]] used to have a series of ads with a grandpa who said, "Tastes like good old-fashioned lemonade -- not too tart, not too sweet!" One was a BeachEpisode, during which he wore one of these.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces'', during the very brief BeachEpisode, Tome wears one of these, though it's much more clingy than was the intention of the original artists.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Soun Tendō wears one of these each time they go to the beach, although the rest of the cast wear contemporary bathing suits.
** MiniatureSeniorCitizens Happōsai and Cologne too. Thank goodness.
* ''Anime/TheWallflower'': Sunako Nakahara, being the sort of girl she is, wears a striped Victorian-styled bathing-suit whenever she goes swimming.
* The girls in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' wore such bathing suits, and the plot of the BeachEpisode centered on the guys getting them into more provocative swimsuits from Saito's world.
* In ''Anime/LadiesVersusButlers'', [[{{Bifauxnen}} Kaoru Daichi]] is, after much panicking, given one of these by Tomomi for the BeachEpisode.
* Dr. Eggman in ''Anime/SonicX'' wore one of these in one episode, stripes and all. All things considered, this was probably for the best. See the FanDisservice page image for why.
* The servants wear some in ''Manga/BlackButler'', episode 7. May Linn still manages to bring some {{Fanservice}}, though. The anime is set in the late 1800s. Regardless of how much they cover, Maylene's bathing suit still would have been scandalously unmodest for the time.
* Kanade Jinguji in ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'' wears such a bathing suit, and even gives one out as a gift. Only her most dedicated fangirl will willingly wear it and Kanade can't quite comprehend why that is.
* Eleanor of ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' visits the beach in a couple side-stories and can be seen wearing this type of outfit, complete with a mobile changing house. Her maid falls into the water when the house unexpectedly pulls away while she's sitting on the steps.
* Lichtendahl of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is seen wearing one, while everyone else has much more modern bathing suits on. It's eventually revealed that he wore it [[spoiler:to cover up the fact that large parts of his body have been replaced by machinery.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' has done a few stories with the gang dressed up in old-timey swimsuits ("bathing costumes"). One story actually had Riverdale transported back in time, and when they went to the beach Veronica was very nearly arrested for wearing a swimsuit where you could see her (gasp!) ''ankles and shoulders''!
* Dupond and Dupont (Thomson and Thompson) wear [[http://luminescencias.blogspot.com/Dupont-Dupond.jpg old-fashioned bathing suits]] in one of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' stories (though in this case they're not at the beach but in the desert, and think there's a lake in front of them.
* Shows up in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' occasionally. If it's done at all recently, you can bet that it'll be someone's parents wearing them, with the kids groaning in shame at the sight.
* A cartoon Whitney Darrow drew for The New Yorker magazine in the 1940's has two men chatting on a beach; the younger one is wearing a modern bathing suit, while the older one has one of these, and is saying "Believe it or not, this is the first vacation I've had in twenty-three years."
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'': The Russian imperial family, including Anya herself, is shown wearing these in a dream sequence.
* The Mousekwitz family and Tony Toponi wear these at the end of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: The Mystery of the Night Monster'', implied to take place in the late 1880's.
* Milo accidentally includes a photo of himself wearing this style of swimsuit, plus a goofy-looking inner tube, in a slideshow presentation in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[http://1.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kq08ffMluE1qzmf78o1_500.jpg Wednesday Addams]] wears one in the second ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' movie.
* Anna Muir is sketched in hers by the unscrupulous Miles Fairley in ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' (1947, set at the beginning of the 20th century), causing mild scandal to her maid, Martha.
* Creator/DickVanDyke sports a red-and-white striped one-piece in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''.
* The title character of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' wears one in the movie version.
* In the short "Restless Knights", Film/TheThreeStooges play medieval court wrestlers -- Moe and Curly incongruously wear striped old-timey suits, while Larry even more incongruously wears a leopard-skin caveman outfit.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''[[Literature/CheaperByTheDozen Belles on Their Toes]]'', the girls are wearing skirted bathing suits with leggings in 1924, when one-piece suits are starting to become the norm. Mother's is even worse, described as "practically a Gay Nineties model" and able to pass for a circus tent. Martha scandalizes her sisters when she forgets her suit and decides to wear just the underpart of her mother's.
* In ''Return to Gone-Away'' by Elizabeth Enright, the children borrow bathing suits similar to these from their elderly neighbor Mr. Pindar Payton. At the advice of Mrs. Minnehaha Cheever, Mr. Payton's sister, the two girls wear boys' swimsuits because the girls' version would be rather cumbersome.
* Implied and discussed in Creator/FrederikPohl's multiverse-spanning novel ''The Coming of the Quantum Cats'' in which a version of the main male character in one timeline narrates that ''him'' going topless whilst swimming is considered daring -- he'd be arrested if caught. This goes towards demonstrating that the timeline in question is an OppressiveStatesOfAmerica, dominated by a morally-conservative government influenced by wealthy and powerful Arabs.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz prefers one of these when going on a beach vacation.
* The First Doctor imagines himself in one when aliens attempt to read his mind in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Space Museum".
* On one episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy,'' Lucy buys what Ricky assumes is a one-piece swimsuit for Little Ricky. It's actually for Lucy herself. "It stretches."
* ''Laugh-In'' features the cast dressed like this for a musical/comedy sketch dealing with the issue of chicken meat being used in hot dogs.
* On ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', this is the sort of bathing suit Gomez wears while moonbathing.
* An episode of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' features a woman in 1920 getting a citation for wearing a swimsuit that ends above the knee.
* An episode of ''Series/HorribleHistories'' features the Victorian Beach Watch, a pair of lifeguards who take so long getting into their Old-Timey Bathing Suits that they end up failing to save a struggling swimmer. Who was struggling in the first place because ''his'' suit was so hard to swim in.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Lily forces Ted to wear a red-and-white striped bathing suit that was hanging as decoration in the hotel they are staying at because Ted and Marshal ruined her dress for a rehearsal dinner.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The cover of ''In the Aeroplane over the Sea'' by Music/NeutralMilkHotel depicts these.
* Music/TheBeatles wore them along with straw boater hats on an early beachside photo shoot.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The park inspector dons one when evaluating pools in ''RollerCoasterTycoon 3: Soaked!''.
* Welkin, protagonist of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', favors the horizontal stripes during the BeachEpisode bonus chapter. It's pretty out of style in 1935, but no more than some of the modern-day fashions his troops are wearing. Note that the women in the sequence all wear much skimpier modern suits (except for Eleanor Varrot who thinks herself too old). Leaving miffed fangirls without a Welkin ShirtlessScene.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', there's a sidequest in which you can earn swimsuit costumes for some of your party members. Regal's swimsuit is in this style, although not striped... and this despite the fact that [[HandsomeLech Zelos]] gets a ''[[AnachronismStew speedo]]''. It could be justified as Tethe'allan fashion being outdated by our current standards, except the others all have modern-style swimwear, and the fact that there are ''bunny girls'' in Altamira. Which is where Regal is from and the swimsuit sidequest takes place. Fangirls were a little miffed about this one, too, but it was fortunately corrected in TheAnimeOfTheGame.
* One of [[TheOneGuy Zafira's]] [[AndYourRewardIsClothes unlockable swimsuits]] in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny''. The other one is a {{Fundoshi}}.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has people wearing these in Columbia's Battleship Bay. That's right, the flying city even has a huge artificial lake.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Cecania from ''Webcomic/SoreThumbs'' wears an early 20th-century swimsuit because her figure is so spectacular ''the U.S Congress passed a law specifically prohibiting her from wearing anything more revealing'' to protect public morality.
* Everyone, male and female, wears these in the BeachEpisode of ''Tiny Kitten Teeth'' except for Mewsli (who wears ordinary trunks). Since the comic is, by all indications, set in the present, this can likely be chalked up to the eccentricities of rich people.
* Creator/PhilFoglio's AuthorAvatar wears one [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110415 in a bonus strip]] of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Kaja's Avatar, on the other hand, [[BarelyThereSwimwear has different tastes.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''The Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'': Fittingly for the {{Steampunk}} setting, those are seen in a flashback of the episode "Tall Tails".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Marge wears this in the ''Film/KingKong'' parody in a "Treehouse of Horror".
** Marge's mother was once forced off the beach by police for "indecent exposure". She was wearing one of these, but it showed off too much "gam".
** Abe wears one on the beach in "Catch 'Em if You Can".
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''
** Olive Oyl is only ever seen in this kind of suit when at the beach.
** Popeye wore one at least once, already laughably out of date in the mid-1930s. He's called out for wearing one in ''I Wanna Be a Lifeguard'' and laughed at for how horribly out of date it is by everyone at the pool. The others (including Bluto) wear more fashionable swimsuits for the 1930s.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "An Incident at Owl Creek", Stan makes Hayley wear one of these to a pool party.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' takes it a step further with the Klimpaloon, a ''living'' bathing suit meant to spoof myths about the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]]. As the [[EarWorm song]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0pCe-zlMjU says]]:
-->''"He's the magical, old-timey bathing suit that lives in the Himalayas, they call him Klimpaloon. (Klimpaloon...)"''
* The Paedofinder General in ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' wears one... which makes sense, since he would likely consider the exposure of skin in public to be [[PaedoHunt a form of paedophilia]].
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny wears one lifted from the Coney Island Baths in ''Frigid Hare'', when he shows up at the North Pole (or South Pole, or wherever penguins and Eskimos coexist).
* In the 1955 WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird cartoon ''Sandy Claws'', Granny (often portrayed as an old-fashioned, turn-of-the-century schoolmarm, teases the audience that she is going to try on her "new bikini bathing suit" during a trip to the beach... and emerges from a beachhouse wearing a full bathing suit and shower cap. (Incidentally, this was the final Sylvester and Tweety cartoon to feature the "old-style" Granny, as voiced by Bea Bernadet. Future cartoons featured a re-styled Granny and her voice done by actress Creator/JuneForay.)
* In the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon ''Muscle Tussle'', Daffy is shown up at the beach by a Speedo-wearing muscle-builder duck -- as the designated nine-pound weakling, Daffy wears an old-timey striped suit and straw boater hat.
* In the Creator/TexAvery short ''Swing Shift Cinderella'', the [[DirtyOldWoman randy old fairy godmother]] transforms her dress with a wand to go nightclubbing with the unwilling wolf. She accidentally ends up in an old-style swimsuit with a beauty contest sash that reads "Miss Repulsive 1893".
* Tom wears one in every BeachEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' (i.e., "Salt Water Tabby", "Muscle Beach Tom"). Strangely enough, Tom still wears it in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTales'', 60 years later!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', being set in a 1920s analog, features these as [[http://atla-annotated.tumblr.com/tagged/lok-swimwear shown here.]] When compared to the beach episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', it looks like fashion has grown more conservative in the 70-year timeskip. Alternately, Republic City might simply be colder than the tropical islands of the Fire Nation.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' The title characters are seen wearing one (they're ConjoinedTwins) when they go swimming, as seen in the episode "Shriek Loves Dog" (also when they dive into a pile of diamonds [[spoiler:which are actually rock candy]] in the episode "Diamond Fever").
* In the storyboards from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'', Mr. Persnickety wears one when he goes swimming.
* WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} has been known to wear this whenever he goes out in the water (i.e., "Hawaiian Holiday", "How To Swim", "Aquamania").
* Granny Smith wears one in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Leap of Faith", when Flim & Flam's "miracle cure" inspires her to relive her days as an aqua-pony.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Stan wearing an old timey bathing suit at the town's swimming pool. It also serves to hide the mysterious tattoo on his back.
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