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Swimwear: Bikini 101 - All You Need To Know About Bikinis

June 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 255

Bikinis are one of the world's most popular types of swimwear, and the days of your bikini being a fashion afterthought are long gone. We're really enjoying a surge in the popularity of swimwear being fashion items, so you need to be sure that the bikini that you choose is not only fashionable, but right for you too!

This 101 guide will walk you through bikinis and all of their many styles:

What is a bikini?

A bikini is a separate top and bottom, looking most similar to bra and panties (in normal clothing). Your basic bikini will have triangles covering the boobs and tying at the neck and back, and also a bottom which can range from very skimpy to fairly covering.

Triangle Top

This is the classic bikini style. As mentioned, this is two triangles covering your bust and usually attached simply to string. This can fasten behind your back or between the breasts. Some are fixed to the string, which gives more support and others can slide allowing the wearer to adjust her fit. Most women can wear this style comfortably, but it may not be supportive enough for large busts. Girls who need more support would be wise to choose a style with added underwiring, then they have the best of both worlds. On the other hand, girls who need a boost can also find this (and most other) style with added pads which give their breasts a size boost and additional shape.

Halter Top

This is very similar to the triangle top, but the string going around the neck is a lot thicker and therefore makes this a better choice for larger busted girls as it is more supportive. If support really is a key point for you then choose a halter top which has an extra band below the bust, as this will add support and is a sportier look.

Bandeau Top

The bandeau is a little different as it is simply one thick strip of material that covers the bust. Some may have spaghetti straps around the neck. As you can imagine, a bandeau isn't ideal for larger busts, but they are great if you're aiming to tan as they offer the least coverage.

Tankini

The tankini is a special kind of swimwear as it is like a bikini crossed with a camisole. It offers material that covers the trunk of your body and then with a triangle, or similar, top attached for the bust. Due to this extra coverage it's great for wearer's who don't want to bear so much skin, or would like extra support around the tummy.

Sporty Top

This top looks like the kind of crop-top that you'd commonly see in beach volleyball or at the gym. They usually have one large piece across the chest and thicker straps, as they are designed to hold you firmly in place during more rigorous movements. Choose this style if you're a fan of watersports!

Bikinis also have a bottom section of course, and there are a few options as you'd expect:

Full Bottom

This is the standard style of bottom that covers most of the wearer's rear! Because they're not too skimpy, they're a good choice for those of us that are more active on the beach.

Brazilian Bottom

This is a similar bottom, but is skimpier and features cuts into the sides that exposes part of your own bottom. This is better for tanners and the less active. These are often tie sides, which means that you need to tie them yourself and can control how tight they are (and whip them off easily)!

Thong Bottom

The thong is the skimpiest bottom (looks like a thing panty) and great for eliminating tan lines. Not for the faint-hearted, as you'll be letting it all hang out!

Hipster Bottom

The hipster bottom sits lower than a regular full bottom and sit a long way below your belly button. Again this is a good choice for tanners as it leaves a lot of your tummy free of cover.

Skirted Bottom

This isn't exactly a different type of bottom, rather it's any of the styles with an integrated skirt part which will cover your hips and bottom a bit more. They're also really cute too!

So those are most of the styles and types of bikini tops and bottoms, but which are best for you? Perhaps the final step is to take a look at more pictures of them and try them on, then you'll have found the most flattering swimwear and look like a star by the pool this summer!

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