The tan-through bikini designs look like they've been stolen from the Eighties While there are some sun worshippers who cherish tanlines as a badge of honour, there are others who can't bear those tell-tale lines that separate their lily-white flesh from the deep golden or lobster red skin. Until recently, if you fell into the latter camp, your only options were to bare all on a nudist beach, or to obsessively rearrange your skimpy straps on an hourly basis whenever you were in the sun. That's right, you put on a bikini or a swimming costume, and you can get a tan through it. The secret lies in a 'world patented' fabric called Transol which allows up to 80 per cent of the sun's ultra-violet tanning rays to pass through it. It might sound like a dream for tanorexics, but you can't help but think it must be unbelievably dangerous. While the product literature recommends applying suntan lotion underneath your swimwear, it's utterly impractical.
Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. May Farmer's tan[ edit ] A farmer's tan A "farmer's tan" also called "golfer's tan" or "tennis tan" refers to the typical tan lines developed by regular outdoor activity when wearing a short sleeve shirt. The farmer's tan is usually started with a suntan covering the exposed parts of the arms and neck. It is distinct in that the shoulders, chest, and back remain unaffected by the sun. Tennis and golf additionally cause recognizable tans on the middle section of the legs, due to the wearing of shorts and socks for prolonged hours in the sun.
Textiles - synthetic Description These tan-through swimsuits were made by Piz-Buin a Swiss sunscreen manufacturer and represent a short-lived novelty in the s. Sheer polyesther fabric allowed the wearer to tan while still clothed. As the issue of skin damage from sun exposure emerged cosmetic companies developed products and marketing campaigns aimed at sun protection rather that sun tanning. Tan-through swimsuits were revived in the s. SignificanceThese tan-through swimsuits represent a short-lived novelty of the s and were a response to the fashion for dark tans during that decade.