Move Over Bikinis, Full Body Suits Are Taking Over
kpride, July 21, 2015, 9:17 a.m.
Bikinis are no longer the dominant force in summer beach fashions, which may be welcome news for some less confident women. Rash guard, which is used in surfing, scuba diving or snorkeling and covers the entire body, is becoming a force to reckon with.
Kan Ho-sup, professor in fashion design at Hongik University, said, "Retro fashions from the 1960s and 70s have come back, and people are moving towards revealing their silhouette but covering their body."
The fashion is largely spearheaded by leisure trends that see an increasing number of young people enjoy surfing all year round in Jeju and the east coast.
Koreans are also usually wary of tans. Fair skin remains in fashion, as evidenced by the disappearance of tanning salons that had sprung up in the trendy Gangnam area in Seoul at one point. There are many different designs available. A zip-up style rash guard is easier to put on and take off, and some accentuate feminine curves without revealing too much flesh.