1920s

Simply You - - Athleisure -

Soon ev­ery­one was wear­ing a sleeve­less mail­lot style, which still went to the knees. Cham­pi­oned by French Riviera de­sign­ers in­clud­ing Coco Chanel, it was sur­pris­ingly sexy for the time. With New Zealand turn­ing to Eu­rope for in­spi­ra­tion, fash­ion started to pick up pace. Stripes and spot­ted swim­suits sur­faced, as well as sun­shades, and em­bel­lished hats and even beach capes were sported in lo­cal fash­ion mag­a­zines. While women were sub­jected to the swim­suit po­lice over­seas, New Zealand was ahead of the time.

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