The term "partial nudity" is sometimes used to refer to exposure of skin beyond what the person using the expression considers to be within the limits of modesty.If the exposure is within the standards of modesty of a given culture and setting (e.g.wearing a bikini at a non-nude beach), terms such as nudity, partial or otherwise, are not normally used.If however, the degree of exposure exceeds the cultural norms of the setting, or if the activity or setting includes nudity as an understood part of its function, such as a nude beach, terminology relating to nudity and degrees thereof are typically used.Humans are today the only naked primate in nature, that is, most of the body is not naturally covered by fur.Reliable information on the development of nudity and the passage of time are not yet possible because hair does not fossilize.
The amount of clothing worn depends on functional considerations, such as a need for warmth, as well as social circumstances.
Toplessness is regarded by most people as partial nudity.
Full frontal nudity describes a state of full nudity with the subject facing towards the viewer, with the whole front of the body exposed, including intimate parts such as a man's penis or woman's vulva.
Outdoor nude recreation can take place in private or rural areas, though generally limited to warm weather. Topfree sunbathing is considered acceptable by many on the beaches of Finland, France, Spain, Italy and most of the rest of Europe (and even in some outdoor swimming pools); however, exposure of the genitals is restricted to nudist areas in most regions. to be barechested or shirtless when engaged in outdoor recreational activities.
In the United States, topfree sunbathing and wearing thongs are not common in many areas, but are limited to nude beaches in various locations. Where the social acceptability of nudity in certain places may be well understood, the legal position is often less clear cut.
According to some researchers, wearing clothes may predate early human global migrations by an additional 70,000 years.