A bandeau is a garment comprising, in appearance, a strip of cloth.
Today, the term most frequently refers to a garment that wraps around a
woman's breasts in sports or swimwear.
The bandeau emerged as the top part of a two-piece swimsuit during
the 1940s. In the 1950s the bandeau incorporated foundation so as to
structure (or improve) the contours of the body, while still retaining a
relatively simple circle or band shape, emphasizing the bare midriff.
Swimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in a
water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving and
surfing, or sun-orientated activities, such as sun bathing.
Its popularity in swimwear declined during the string bikini era, but
it reappeared in the 1980s, especially with Spandex and other stretch
fabric blends. Side stays, v-wire in the center front, O-rings, and the
twisted top are popular design elements for bandeau swimwear.
Additional uses of the term Bandeau:
Wearing a bandeau to support a woman's breasts may date back to
ancient Greece, where they were called apodesmos, later stēthodesmē,
mastodesmos and mastodeton, all meaning "breast-band".
A strapless bandeau, or tube top, was also worn as casual wear and
sports wear starting in the 1970s, and is sometimes worn as part of a
It is accepted as the top part of formal wear with pants or a skirt.
It is similar to a tube top, but narrower. It is usually
strapless, sleeveless and off the shoulder. It is commonly made from
elastic material to stop it from slipping down, or is tied or pinned at
the back or front. In the first half of the 20th century, a
"bandeau" was a narrow band worn by women to bind the hair, or as part
of a head-dress.
Women can shop for bandeau swimsuits online or at many different fine
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