With the return of summer, women the world over once again will be looking at their swimsuit from last year, wondering whether it’s time for a new style. Has chlorine rendered their swimsuit colourless? Has salt water weakened the strength of their bikini halter-top?
Or has the form of their body changed?
There are various styles one can choose from when thinking about buying new swimwear. Some of them are classics, like the one piece and the bikini, while others, perhaps, are less popular, which is why we’ll be exploring different styles in this guide:
The One Piece, or swimsuit, is the original piece of swimwear. It basically covers everything from the chest down to the upper thighs and is optimal for those women who wish to mask any imperfections they might have. Not that they should, of course; everyone’s beach body ready, no matter what the media may want us to think. But the one piece is a viable option if that’s their choice, or who simply do not feel comfortable showing off too much skin. It can be both elegant and sexy.
The Bikini, or two-piece, is basically an underwear-like duo consisting of a bra and panties. Of course, this statement barely brushes the tip of the proverbial iceberg, since there are dozens of bikini styles and ways to jazz them up. Be it halter-necked, strapless, high waisted or ruffled, the bikini is usually very comfortable and accommodates any kind of exercise.
The Microkini is basically a very skimpy bikini. Some microkinis are so minimal as to not even require straps to hold the very tiny pieces of fabric to one’s body – merely using adhesive or wire to hold it in place. Mikrokinis are just this side of the legal limits of decency. What can I say; if you’ve got it, flaunt it! But do watch out if you’re at a Maltese beach, as these could very easily be classified as topless garments… however that works.
The Tankini is a two piece with a tank top instead of a brassiere, combined with a bikini bottom. The tank top is usually held in place by bikini straps and extends to just below the navel, showing a tasty bit of flesh around the hip area. Tankinis come in a variety of styles and colours, some of them sporting push up bras. They are a favourite when it comes to children’s’ swimwear.
The Burqini/Burkini is mostly known as a swimsuit for Muslim women. It is somewhat like a wet suit with an attached hood made of swimsuit material and covers the whole body except the face, hands and feet.
The Trikini or three-piece is basically a middle ground between a bikini and a swimsuit. It consists of a bikini and panties tied by a thin strip of material at the front and back – or a swimsuit without the sides. Whichever way you look at it, it doesn’t really hide anything, but it does highlight the contours of the body in a flattering way, especially for those who want to focus on a leaner or more elegant look.
The Skirtini is made up of a bikini top and a very short skirted bottom. It’s quite feminine and perfect for those women with very curvy thighs or post-maternity stretch marks.
Of course, when pondering on what type of swimsuit to buy, try going for something that goes best with your body type. Whether you have an hourglass figure, an athletic or a curvy body, remember that what may be perfect for someone else may not be so flattering on you. Height and colouring should also be taken into account, as well as particular body features.
Purchasing swimwear is a fascinating game, and the choices available are numerous, and enjoying a new look or style heightens the fun. Above all, choose something that suits your personality and something that makes you feel comfortable.