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May 13, 2003
I have a collection of etiquette books, mostly quite old. I thought I'd share some wisdom with you all, and as it's nearly summer, and you've been wondering what's appropriate to wear, here's a little advice:
"The best material for a bathing costume is flannel, and the most suitable color is gray, and may be trimmed with bright worsted braid. The loose sacque, or the yoke waist, both to be belted in, and falling about midway between the knee and ankle, is the best form for a bathing costume. An oil-skin cap to protect the hair from the water, and merino socks to match the dress, complete the costume."
from Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture, 1889