Trunk call: the comeback of skimpy Speedos | The Guardian

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Designed for practicality, the Speedo has delighted and dismayed in equal measure. Now the swimwear classics are back in fashion – but would you dare?Back in the 1950s, the lifeguards of Bondi Beach, Sydney, were not only charged with rescuing surfers and scanning for sharks. In their role as “beach inspectors” they were also responsible for ensuring that swimsuits conformed to New South Wales state regulations.At least 3in of fabric was required over the thigh, no navels were to be exposed, and shoulder straps had to be “sturdy”. Continue reading…

Designed for practicality, the Speedo has delighted and dismayed in equal measure. Now the swimwear classics are back in fashion – but would you dare?

Back in the 1950s, the lifeguards of Bondi Beach, Sydney, were not only charged with rescuing surfers and scanning for sharks. In their role as “beach inspectors” they were also responsible for ensuring that swimsuits conformed to New South Wales state regulations.

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At least 3in of fabric was required over the thigh, no navels were to be exposed, and shoulder straps had to be “sturdy”.

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