The Best Swimwear Styles for Every Body Type
While the bikini can be seen on most beaches and swimming pools around the globe, its history and how it came to be so popular is unknown by most. This bathing suit style dates back to ancient history in Rome where bikini-like garments first appeared during athletic competitions.
More modern bikinis appeared in the 1940s but were frowned upon by more religions more conservative in nature and were considered to be scandalous and improper attire for women. This resulted in the bikini being banned from many places and events only regaining popularity in Western societies with the emancipation of women and the women’s rights movements. Since its shaky beginnings, the bikini has become the most popular swimwear type and has pawned the creation of other business services such as bikini waxing. This type of bikini waxing is also more commonly known as a "Brazilian bikini wax". This is the removal of all of the hair in the pubic area. It was first made popular by actresses in adult movies but has since transcended the social gap and become more of a norm for the every day woman. Made even more popular by several articles in popular womens magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue.
There are several different styles and types of bikinis and string bikinis, each of which offers its own set of appealing characteristics. Choice of the proper bikini for each body type can play up those curves you want and play down the ones you don’t leaving you feeling confident and sexy for your day on the beach.
The String Bikini
This is one of the smallest bikinis and tends to look best on women with a smaller bust or women with athletic figures. Unless your larger breasts defy gravity you should stay away from this style as the lack of support can cause your chest to look a little on the saggy side and don’t really offer up the best in the chest shape you end up with. This again really depends on the style of bikini top that you choose there are more than a few too choose from. The string bikini creation is credited to Rose de Primallio, who was said to have accidentally created it when she sewed some material on to her bikini for a photo shoot because of it having insufficient fabric. Talk about the start of a revolution!
This bikini styles is made up of a smaller bikini bottom with a fuller coverage. This style suits any body type and is particularly flattering to women who are uncomfortable bearing their tummy area.
Halter Top Bikini
This particular style is great if you are planning to be active in your swimsuit. The cut, style, and fastening type of this bikini helps to provide some support and keeps your top firmly in place while you play beach volleyball or play with the kids.
Bandeau Top Bikini
If you have a large chest this may be your bikini solution. This top type provides a minimizing effect and coverage for an ample bosom. If you are worry about it slipping down, choose a bandeau top which includes spaghetti straps to hold it in place.
As for bikini bottoms, the types and styles available range from barely there to full coverage and have a shape and style for any would-be beach goer. What you will be doing while wearing your bikini and your comfort level with your body will help you determine which style you wish to go with.
String Bikini Bottom
Much like the string top, this bikini bottom provides ample skin exposure and is best for leaner or more athletic body types. Some of the more popular styles of bikini bottoms these days have double strings or even triple strings on the side. This adds to the allure and style at the same time.
This option appears to be just a standard bikini bottom in front but has minimal coverage in the back and exposes significant portions of the buttocks. This option is for those with nicely shaped butts who are comfortable with showing them off. The Brazilian cut bikini first originated by most accounts in Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This style of Brazilian Bikini Swimwear quickly made its way to the beaches of Los Angeles and Miami Beach. Miami was first, having a large population of Brazilian visitors and tourists and being geographically closer to Brazil. Since then this style of swimwear has become popular the world round. That being said, in Europe full bottom coverage is still much more popular.
This bottom is the one that most think of when they hear the word bikini. This bottom provides moderate coverage and is similar to the average underwear purchased in most stores.
This style sits low on the hips, often like your favorite pair of low-rise jeans, exposing as much of the abdomen as possible. This type is best worn on those with flatter or more toned belly areas. This type would not be good for anyone who is uncomfortable bearing their midsection and better options are available if you have a larger midsection.
High Waist and Extra Coverage Swimwear
This bottom style generally sits higher on the waistline and may even hit the belly button area. These designs often offer shapes which accentuate but balance sexy curves and are appropriate for those not comfortable with wearing skimpier bottom types. This style may have higher hip lines to still give a bit of a minimalist feel to the suit while covering the lower abdomen, or may appear as boy shorts or full coverage briefs and can often incorporate sassy little skirts or other elements to provide ample coverage, balance out your figure, and play up your assets to their best.
Regardless of your shape, there is a bikini out there for every body type. Try on multiple styles with these coverage ideas in mind to help you find the bikini which has you both looking and feeling your best for your day at the beach or poolside.