Vintage photos show 100 years of swimwear in Sonoma County

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With temperatures expected in the 90s this weekend, many Sonoma County residents may be heading to the Russian River and local pools to beat the summer heat.

Women these days favor bikinis, and men shorts. More than a century ago, swimming ensembles were much less revealing.

In the 1870s women wore floppy bonnets and belted dresses over long bloomers. Men donned fitted, knee-length stripped long johns.

After the turn of the century, hemlines came up and outfits slowly became more suited for swimming. By the Roaring ‘20s, men and women were wearing fitted suits.

In the 1930s, women began to wear two-piece suits and men stopped wearing fitted tanks. In 1946, the first bikini hit the scene when French designer Louis Reard created a suit with a fully exposed mid-section and triangular shaped bottoms for achieving the perfect summer tan.

Although most favored more modest options, bottoms became minuscule with women sporting g-strings and men speedos on European beaches and sunny locales during the aerobics craze of the 1980s.

These days swimwear options abound — from modest sun-protecting sleeves and shorts to string bikinis.

Click through our gallery above to see what Sonoma County residents were wearing at local rivers and beaches way back when.

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