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"). [[note]]Interestingly, this style is in a sense being reintroduced to the West thanks to Muslim immigration; and with even Muslim women becoming fashion-conscious, non-Muslim women themselves are beginning to take a liking to them (they look a little like bodysurfing suits).[[/note]]

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. Annette Kellerman, the Australian swimmer who was one of the first women to attempt to swim the English Channel, was arrested for indecent exposure in Boston when she appeared in public in a swimsuit of her own design.

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. Even during TheEdwardianEra, when standards started to relax, the female version of the Old-Timey Bathing Suit, with its extremely short ([[OldTimeyAnkleTaboo by the standards of the 1900s]]) skirt and the sheer (usually black) [[StockingFiller silk stockings]] that always covered the wearer's legs, was an immensely popular motif in the pinup art and photography (the so-called "French postcards") of the period. The famous illustrator Charles Dana Gibson (creator of the "Gibson Girl"), for instance, drew a lot of pictures of beautiful young women disporting themselves at the seashore in these outfits -- very likely, according to one biographer, so that [[AuthorAppeal he could legitimately draw shapely and exposed feminine legs]].

Contrast the BarelyThereSwimwear.



* 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.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* Anime/LupinIII is occasionally shown to wear one. It functions as a ShoutOut to the era that birth his famous literary grandfather.
* The girls in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' wore such bathing suits, and the plot of the BeachEpisode centered on the guys getting them into more provocative swimsuits from Saito's world.
* Used in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' with the 1880s British couple Jonathan and Erina when they are on a date and playing around at a local river.
* In ''Anime/LadiesVersusButlers'', [[{{Bifauxnen}} Kaoru Daichi]] is, after much panicking, given one of these by Tomomi for the BeachEpisode.
* 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.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Sōun Tendō wears one of these each time they go to the beach, although the rest of the cast wear contemporary bathing suits.
** MiniatureSeniorCitizens Happosai and Cologne too. Thank goodness.
* 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.
* Since ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' takes place in a MagicalLand with a culture mostly based on FeudalJapan, the ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery'' entry in ''[=CompAce=] Swimwear Book 2015'' featured main character Kosuzu wearing one of these.
* 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.
* ''Anime/TheWallflower'': Sunako Nakahara, being the sort of girl she is, wears a striped Victorian-styled bathing-suit whenever she goes swimming.
* All Might wears this style while overseeing Midoriya's training in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. It both suits his "goofy dad" personality and hides the massive scarring on his torso.

[[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 ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' 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."
* ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'': Ms. Marvel's costume is partially constructed from a burquini. "I thought you swore you would never wear that." "Never wear that ''to swim''."
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Mortadelo's favorite swimming gear.

[[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''.
* ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'':
** The Aracuan bird is introduced bathing in a pond wearing this style of bathing suit. Then he changes into his standard shirt behind a folding screen.
** Donald Duck is later seen wearing one during the beach scene while [[LovableSexManiac chasing after]] [[RogerRabbitEffect live-action women]].

[[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.
* In the film "Donovan's Reef", Amelia, a Bostonian visiting French Polynesia, is given one which she applies RipTailoring to after embarrassing Donovan.

* 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.
* The wizards wear these when they are [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definitely not on a tropical beach holiday]] in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', only made suitably wizardly:
-->Confront a wizard with the concept of a bathing suit and he'll start to get nervous. Why does it have to be so skimpy? he'll ask. Where can I put the gold embroidery? How can you have any kind of costume without at least forty useful pockets? And occult symbols made out of sequins? There appears to be no place for them. And where, when you get right down to it, are the lapels?\\
Also, it takes heavy machinery to part a wizard from his pointy hat.\\
The Chair of Indefinite Studies looked sideways at the Dean. They both wore a variety of garments in which red and white stripes predominated.
* Referenced in ''More Misleading Cases in the Common Law'', when a man is tried for indecency because the council feel he should have been wearing something like this when swimming, and the judge throws the case out with the words "My father wore nothing but drawers. So do I!"

[[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.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' is set in late Victorian period and the turn of the century in Canada. There's a HeatWave in Toronto in episode "Loch Ness Murdoch" and our characters enjoy a BeachEpisode. Lots of lovely beach wear to be admired, worn by both ladies and gentlemen. At the end Murdoch gets a bit scandalized (but not really) when Julia decides it's ridiculous that she's wearing wool stockings.
* ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan'': whenever they go swimming, Bassie will wear one of these.
* ''Series/NineteenKidsAndCounting'' revealed that the Duggar family mandates very modest swimwear, females wear [[https://www.pinterest.com/pin/242350023668089764/ skirted onesies]] while males are required to wear swim shirts.

* 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.
* "Music/TheWho Sell Out" album cover has the four band members posing in mock advertisements, with Roger Daltrey wearing one, sitting in a tub of baked beans.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Male wrestlers can be seen sporting any number of wrestling costumes, but the type favored by Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/RobVanDam and Wrestling/JackSwagger (among others) is the singlet, which looks similar to an Old Timey Bathing Suit except for showing more of the legs. For that matter, British wrestler Dave Taylor was known to wear [[RealMenWearPink a legless red one-piece]] that wouldn't have looked out of place on one of the female lifeguards on ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''.
* In a series of promos for ''[=SummerSlam=] 2006'', Viscera wore a bathing suit of this type for the WWE pool party. This wasn't due to prudishness, but the fact that he was [[FatBastard so disgustingly fat]] that no one wanted to see any more of him than was necessary.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Muppet version of ''Literature/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'' starts with Emmet and his mother singing a made-up folk song about "Grandma Otter"'s infamous bathing suit. Infamous for how ''big'' it was, that is. (And yeah, it's clearly a fat joke, but even so...)
-->''Even though it was her bathing suit that made her famous -- it was almost heaven sent\\
Many times when it was drying on the line a tourist would mistake it for a circus tent''
* In South African childrens' show ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'', Lavinia the Little Witch wears one for the BeachEpisode, despite the obvious amusement of the elves she is with.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Heat Wave", Miss Brooks notices Mr. Boynton, Harriet Conklin, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass are wearing bathing suits beneath their regular clothes. They're quite evidently in the old timey style, given the fact Miss Brooks sees the suits sticking out of their collars.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Male Hom wears one in the beach scene in ''VideoGame/AtelierRorona''.
* The park inspector dons one when evaluating pools in ''VideoGame/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 beach.
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf'' introduced swimming as a new feature. In order to swim, the player has to don a wet suit that looks similar to these kinds of bathing suits. About eight different kinds are available and all can only be purchased on Tortimer Island.
* ''VideoGame/IttleDew 2'' has one such (male) bathing suit as an unlockable outfit for Ittle. With the stripes and the locker key tied to her ankle, it makes her look a bit like an escaped convict.
* Harris from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' is the man to wear one at the Swimming Festival.

[[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.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The androgynous Vaarsuvius wears one in the "Beach Party" wallpaper [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/Wallpapers.html here.]]
* As the cast of ''Webcomic/PocketPrincesses'' came from movies that took place in the olden days, the princesses frequently wear these types of swimwear.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''The Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'': Fittingly for the {{Steampunk}} setting, those are seen in a flashback of the episode "Tall Tails".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Marge wears this in the ''Film/KingKong1933'' parody in one "Treehouse of Horror" episode.
** 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".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
-->'''Haylely:''' Dad, I'm sweating like a pig in this thing. It's humiliating.
-->'''Stan:''' Not to me. And show some respect! Your grandmother drowned in that bathing suit!
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** ''Phineas and Ferb'' 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...)"''
** One episode features a CorruptCorporateExecutive who runs a company that makes bathing suits and tries to abduct Klimpaloon as part of a scheme to increase the demand for this kind of bathing suit.
* 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/LooneyTunes'':
** 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 "WesternAnimation/SandyClaws", 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.
** "WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys" features an odd man walking by wearing an old-timey bathing suit as a RunningGag. [[spoiler:He ends up with the girl at the end, after the Dover Boys punch each other out.]]
* 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.
* ComicBook/TheJoker wears one when he goes swimming in Mayor Hill's pool in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. [[BrainBleach (Of course, taking into account his clown-white skin, bikini briefs would have been even more horrible.)]]
* ''WebAnimation/MightyMagiswords'': Ralphio and King Rexxtopher wear them in the episode "Pool Fools". Everyone else wears more modern swimsuits, even Old Man Oldman.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. Pops wears one of these. Given that he's over a hundred years old and usually dresses in an antiquated fashion, it suits him.