Women were not the only ones to get tighter swimsuits. Men’s swimwear also slimmed down to show off his new athletic body. In many ways, men’s and women’s suits were nearly identical. A deep cut ribbed wool tank top over a snug fitting pair of shorts. The “skirt” of the top came from knee length a few years before to mid thigh level. It was “too much” to raise the top any further revealing men’s personal parts. Instead more suit material was removed from under the arms and around the back- supposedly making it easier to swim but mostly to reveal more muscles.
By 1926, the two piece, non-skirted, swimsuit made its debut. The top was often white or striped and the trunks a dark color. It was almost always worn with a belt, and the trunks came with belt loops. The separate pieces and lack of cover-up was quite shocking. Athletic swimmers were the first to wear them.
Men’s suits were also made of wool or ribbed cotton in very bright colors — red, purple, yellow, pale blue, navy blue, and the very popular orange. White or black stripes outlining the edges and skirt were equally common. White rubber belts were popular in the mid twenties — just like the ladies. Shoes also were nearly identical with men in lace up flat Oxfords made of canvas or all rubber slip ins.
Making a men’s or women’s 1920s swimsuit isn’t too difficult- Find an extra long cotton ribbed tank top and a pair of biking shorts. Add stripes and edging using binding tape or buy a “ringer tank top” with contrast edging already attached. Add a white belt and swim cap and done! This tutorial should help (womens)