History of the Bodysuit
The leotard was inspired by a French gymnast called Jules Leotard, who was the first person to wear one. This early version of the leotard was made of either wool or silk and was loosely fitted with gussets between the legs and a low neckline.
Jules Leotard in his creation
Thereafter, in early the 20th century, leotards become popular with dancers who realised that wearing one could elevate their dance movements on stage.
In the 1940’s, American fashion designer Claire McCardell improved the design, making them more accessible.
Bodysuits first started emerging as a fashion item in the mid 1960’s. Their popularity was further driven by the booming textile industry, when nylon and spandex were used to give the bodysuit a more elastic texture, making for a more comfortable wearing experience.
By the 1980’s, designers Azzedine Alaia and Donna Karan had reinvented the bodysuit, taking it from a piece mostly reserved for exercise, to a mainstream fashion item.
Azzedine Alaia bodysuit
By the 21st century, bodysuits could regularly be found in lingerie departments with lace bodysuits and shapewear gaining in popularity.
Fast forward to 2022, and we are spoiled for choice when it comes to the bodysuit.
The reason I like them is because they give the silhouette a tidy look as they don’t untuck or creases around the waits area. I love how functional they are too, are there really is one for every taste & occasion.
5 of the Best Bodysuits from Superbalist
When it comes to lingerie, I do love a bodysuit. This “Anna” bodysuit is by Nette Rose R449 – BUY
I’m obsessed with this Last Rays bodysuit by Billabong. It’s the perfect item for when I go kayaking or surfing (in summer, that is) R647 – BUY
If it’s a classic style you’re after in basic black, look no further than the Frankie bodysuit by Mango R239 – BUY
Wow them in the workplace with this collared detail knitted bodysuit in plum by Trendyol R299 – BUY
Perfect to wear just about anywhere, the Cutout detail bodysuit by Superbalist is perfection R249 – BUY