During the swimming portion of their P.E. classes, students in Japan are required to wear what’s commonly referred to as a “school swimsuit.” In the case of girls, this means a black or dark blue one-piece, and while that’s less revealing than a bikini, some would still rather have something that covers a bit more of their legs.
Bringing to market an alternative is Japanese swimwear maker Footmark, which has just released this new skirted design that manages to be cute and stylish while still keeping its wearers’ hips and backside completely covered.
This is actually Footmark’s third foray into more modest school swimsuits. Two years ago, the company brought out its double flare skirt one-piece, shown on the right below, which was later followed by the double frill skirt one-piece on the left.
Now, Footmark has unveiled the latest addition to its Cute School Swimsuit line with the crossover skirt one-piece swimsuit.
Made of 80 percent polyester and 20 percent polyurethane, the swimsuit’s material is lightweight and fast-drying. While the skirt makes for a unique look, Footmark claims the design is as easy to move in as any other one-piece bathing suit.
▼ The swimsuit from behind (left) and inside out (right)
While the primary target is elementary, junior high, and high school students, Footmark says that a secondary goal during the development process was to make something that looked cool and fashionable enough that adult women might also consider wearing. To that end, the crossover skirt one-piece is available in a wide range of sizes, starting with ones small enough to fit 120-centimeter (47.2-inch) tall children and going all the way up to adult extra-extra-extra-extra-extra-large for waists over 109 centimeters (42.9 inches).
The swimsuit is available exclusively here through online retailer Ukiukiya, with prices ranging from 5,400 yen (US$45) to 7,020 yen, depending on size.