A bikini is usually a women's abbreviated two-piece
swimsuit with a bra top for the chest and panties cut below the navel. The
basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the woman's breasts
and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the
buttocks in back.
A Bikini is a type of swimsuit for women. It consists of
two parts; pants and a bra top, leaving an uncovered area between the two.
The bikini is perhaps the most popular female beachwear around the globe.
The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic
coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.
Bikini bottoms can refer to swimwear or underwear.
A bikini bottom in underwear is a type of panty.
Actually, women or men can wear a bikini bottom.
Bikini tops come in several different
styles and cuts, including a halter-style neck that offers more coverage and
support, a strapless bandeau, a rectangular strip of fabric covering the breasts
that minimizes large breasts, a top with cups similar to a push-up bra, and the
more traditional triangle cups that lift and shape the breasts. There are
four fundamental types of bare-midriff bikini tops: the brassière, halter,
bandeau, and vest. These styles are differentiated by the number of shoulder
straps and the resultant number of edges to the garment. Some of these
tops include a halter-style neck strap that offers more coverage and support, a
strapless bandeau, a rectangular strip of fabric covering the breasts that
minimizes large breasts, a top with cups similar to a push-up bra, and the more
traditional triangle cups that lift and shape the breasts.
Bikini Bottoms are as important as the tops
Their appears to be tons of differnt bikini bottoms that vary in style, cut and
the amount of rear coverage they offer. It is important to pick the one that it
most appropriate for your body type. The coverage ranges from full, as in
the case of more modest bottom pieces like briefs, shorts, or briefs with a
small skirt-panel attached, to full butt exposure, as in the case of the thong
bikini. Skimpier styles have narrow sides, including V-cut (in front),
French cut (with high-cut sides) and low-cut string (with string sides).
While the name bikini was applied to the skimpy fashion
that first revealed the wearer's navel, the fashion industry considers any
two-piece swimsuit a bikini. Modern bikini fashions today are
characterized by a simple, brief design: two triangles of fabric that form a bra
and cover the woman's breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom forming
a panty cut below the navel that cover the groin in front and the buttocks in
back. The amount of coverage can vary widely, from a string bikini with
very little coverage to a full design with maximum coverage. A topless swimsuit
may still be considered a bikini, although naturally it is no longer a two-piece
Bandeaukini - A bandeaukini, alternatively called a
bandini, is a bandeau top, with no straps going over the shoulders, worn with
any bikini bottom.
Bikinis - A bikini is a two-piece item of swimwear, with
briefs and top to cover the bust, just like a panty and bra set. Perfect for
maximum tanning and for staying cool by the pool. There are many variations in
style and cut. If playing in the ocean, becareful of the big waves.
When you stand up, make sure to check that your bikini top is still properly
inplace before exiting the water.
Brazilian Bikinis - A Brazilian bikini is somewhere
between a normal bikini brief and a thong brief, the Brazilian is low rise and
cuts upward in a curve across the cheeks, making them quiet revealing.
Convertible Bikinis - If you are undecided whether you
want a bandeau (strapless) bikini or a bikini with tie sides, you will find that
some stores have a convertible version. These bikinis come with a detachable
strap so you can remove them entirely in an instant. Now you can have the best
of both swimwear versions in one garment.
High Waisted Bikinis - A high waisted bikini is perfect
for achieving that vintage look. High waisted bikinis come in all shapes ad
sizes, some coming up to just above the widest part of the hip to about the
Microkini - A microkini is an extremely skimpy bikini.
Uses very little fabric.
Monokini - A monokini, more commonly referred to as a
topless swimsuit and sometimes referred to as a unikini, is a women's one-piece
swimsuit equivalent to the lower half of a bikini. In 1964, Rudi
Gernreich, an Austrian fashion designer, designed the original monokini in the
US. Gernreich also invented its name, and the word monokini is first
recorded in English that year. Gernreich's monokini looked like a one-piece
swimsuit suspended from two halter straps in the cleavage of bared breasts. It
had only two small straps over the shoulders, leaving the breasts bare.
Skirtini - The skirtini, which features a bikini top and
a small, skirted bottom, is an innovation for bikini-style clothes with more
Sling Bikini - The sling bikini is also known as a
"suspender bikini", "suspender thong", "slingshot bikini" or just "slingshot".
It is a one-piece suit which provides as little, or even less, coverage (or as
much exposure) as a bikini. Usually, a slingshot resembles a bikini bottom, but
rather than the straps going around the hips or waist, the side straps extend
upwards to cover the breasts and go over the shoulders, leaving the entire sides
of the torso uncovered, but the nipples and pubic area covered. Behind the neck,
the straps join and reach down the back to become a thong. The variation
of sling bikinis that has the straps simply encircle the neck and another set of
straps pass around the midriff, instead of the straps passing over the neck and
down the back, is called a pretzel bikini.
Sting Bikini - A string bikini is scantier and more
revealing than a regular bikini. It gets its name from the string
characteristics of its design. It consists of two triangular shaped pieces
connected at the groin but not at the sides, where a thin "string" wraps around
the waist connecting the two parts. String bikini tops are similar and are tied
in place by the attached "string" pieces. String pieces can either be continuous
or tied. A string bikini bottom can have minimal to maximum coverage of a
Tankini - The tankini is a swimsuit combining a tank top,
mostly made of spandex-and-cotton or Lycra-and-nylon, and a bikini bottom
introduced in the late 1990s. According to author William Safire, "The
most recent evolution of the -kini family is the tankini, a cropped tank top
supported by spaghetti-like strings." The tankini is distinguished from the
classic bikini by the difference in tops, the top of the tankini essentially
being a tank top. The tankini top extends downward to somewhere between just
above the navel and the top of the hips.
Triangle Bikinis - Triangle bikinis have a
triangular-shaped cup and brief covering, which is held in place by narrow,
string-like ties. This bikini top consists of two triangle shaped cups that
provide minimal coverage, and tiny straps that tie around the neck and back to
lift and shape the bust, and leave your skin exposed for tanning.
Trikini - The trikini appeared briefly in 1967, defined
as "a handkerchief and two small saucers." It reappeared a few years ago as a
bikini bottom with a stringed halter of two triangular pieces of cloth covering
the breasts. The trikini top comes essentially in two separate parts.
The name of this woman's bathing suit is formed from bikini, replacing "bi-",
meaning "two", with "tri-", meaning "three".
The history of the bikini can be traced back to antiquity. Illustrations of
Roman women wearing bikini-like garments during competitive athletic events have
been found in several locations. The most famous of them is Villa Romana del
Casale. French engineer Louis Réard introduced the modern bikini, modeled by
Micheline Bernardini, in July 5, 1946, borrowing the name for his design from
the Bikini Atoll. French women welcomed the design but the Catholic
church, some media, and a majority of the public initially thought the design
was risqué or even scandalous. We wonder what they would have thought if
they saw the g-string style.