Modern Living: All Tanked Up

Once bathing suits were sturdy little numbers, more comfortable than dazzling. But it would not do to make a vogue of the practical, and fashion dismissed tank suits with alarm, cried out for prettier versions that covered less, described more. What came in one piece soon came in two, grew teenier and weenier, until last year's bikini could barely be seen by the naked eye. The logical next step: no fashion but a felony called indecent exposure.

The jet set doesn't give a fig for propriety, wouldn't swap bikinis for Fort Knox. But most...

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