It's finally warming up in NYC, which means beach bums are scooping up swimsuits for their first weekend at the shore. In honor of this spandex-appropriate weather, we've put together some interesting little tidbits about swimming costumes.
$3.1 billion: Amount of money spent in the US on swimwear in 2010. (Source: NPD.)
1946: The advent of the modern bikini, created by car engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim.
25,347: The number of results on Amazon.com when you search "swimwear."
1956: Speedo debuts its "swim brief"--aka The Speedo--at the Melbourne Summer Olympics.
$1,000: Average cost of the Glamour Suit, a popular 1950s style made of nude-colored mesh and covered in rhinestones.
$30 million: The price of what makers claim to be the world's most expensive bikini. Designed by Susan Rosen with Steinmetz, the bikini features over 150 carats of diamonds.
30%: The percentage of women's swimwear purchases that were one-piece bathing suits in 2010. (Source: NPD.)