Swimsuit Styles and Shapes

Swimsuit styles and shapes

Bikini Model

There are basically two types of swimsuits

One piece styles offer more coverage and two piece styles are more revealing.  The differences in the two styles are within the cuts.

One piece swimsuits offer all of the same features as two piece tops, except that they are attached to the bottom.  Classic one piece suits distract from wider hips with a classic cut, and enhance bust lines with a halter V-neck cut top.  High cut legs can downplay larger thighs.


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Two piece swimsuits, which include tankinis can accentuate different body areas.

So, with this information, the below are the different suit shapes for the top and bottom which applies to both one and two piece suits.

Top area

Banded halter – wider strap around below bust for added support, V-neck cut straps that tie behind the neck.  This style gives more support for larger bust areas.

Keyhole bandeau – front rouching that can be tied tighter or looser to enhance the bust area.

String straps – have a very small triangle cup area with strings that tie behind the neck on one pieces and behind the neck and chest on two piece bikinis.  This style is best for average or small bust sizes.

Bandeau – straight cut with full coverage for larger busts.  The cut is just a large area of material straight across.  Attached to a one piece just below the bust area, and ends just below the bust area in a two piece.

Tank cut – V or scoop neck cut with straps on both sides over the shoulder; straps can be thin, wide or even criss cross in the back.  The lengths vary on tankinis depending upon how much coverage you prefer.

Shirt bikini – fuller top with wider coverage than the average bikini top and cap strap sleeves.

Bottom area

Skirt – a bottom with an attached skirt – hides wide hips and large thighs.

Boy shorts – very wide briefs that cover the hip area and top of the thighs.

String bikini – small triangular shape with minimum front and back coverage tied on the side with strings.

Brief – triangular shape with front and rear moderate coverage with wide band sides.

High cut leg – curved cut that sits at or above the hips.

Thong – show us your cheeks – very thin strap back coverage.

When shopping for a swimsuit, keep these styles in mind and determine what you want to accentuate.  Pick the style that accentuates your best features. Please feel free to take this poll and share with our readers what women are wearing this year.


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