This was important because during the 1920's, large numbers of women abandoned the confining corsets; thus was born the flapper, who scandalized the previously staid fashion scene with her short skirts, bobbed hair and decadent lifestyle.
The social climate of this era was transforming from the staid 1950s to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and Gernreich's swimsuit became a social comment on personal freedom.
After all, it wasn't long before that they were wearing Edwardian- and Victorian-style clothing with aplomb; those garments were distinctly more staid and polished.
Personally, I favor the more provincial, less ego-driven Sonoma Valley and County wine country over the super-hyped and staid air of its eastern neighbor.
From the generally staid color-blocked styles to the far more ostentatious graphic prints in wild colors, the pants tended to resemble pajamas at times.