Bikini style guide!
Ever since the invention of the bikini, the popular swimsuit design has undergone many variations of styles that continually get smaller and smaller. With many names floating around on the internet, the terminology can be a little confusing such as: Brazilian, mono, micro, tie-side, thong, g-string, high cut and the list continues… It’s our goal to increase your vocabulary and knowledge to convert you into what we think is truly liberating!
Brazilian Cut or “Cheeky”– Hence the name “cheeky”, this bikini has a deeper cut up the back-side that cuts up the cheeks. This is unlike full-coverage bikini bottoms that sit underneath the cheeks. Brazilian cut bikinis offer butt coverage without the “diaper” effect that you get with most full-coverage bikinis. Full-coverage bikinis tend to make women look wider, but the Brazilian cut is flattering to the hips and butt by training the eye to associate lesser fabric with a narrower profile – Our Brazilian is the Vaeliña!
High Cut Bikini – Creating a look that you would see on the cover of Sports Illustrated 1990, this bikini style is back and sexier than ever. The high cut refers to the cut of the bottoms that feature a deep V in front and side straps that sit above the waist. The V cut creates an alluring look that trims the waistline and accentuates the hips. What makes this style better than its 1990 predecessor is the back, the high cut bikini back is tight and narrow creating an ‘almost’ thong design without completely going between the cheeks. This is a hot seller for women of all shapes and sizes – Our High Cut Bikini is the Vidora!
Thong Bikini – As the name suggests, the thong bikini has 30%-50% less fabric than the Brazilian cut bikini and mirrors the cut of thong lingerie. The thong bikini has modest coverage in the front and either ties or connects to the fabric in the back. The thong bikini disappears through the cheeks and appears at the lower back with a small triangle or 1” fabric. For those who are looking to advance from the Brazilian into something more daring, this is certainly your next best option. The thong bikini is quickly gaining popularity among bikini lovers worldwide as the perfect combination of innocent and sexy – Our Thong Bikini is the Vamp!
Micro Bikini – For those living in South Beach, this bikini will come as no shock; however, the average reader may not be as familiar with the differences in the micro. By far the sexiest bikini, the largest difference between the thong bikini and the micro bikini is the size of fabric on both the top and the bottoms. The micro encompasses both areas, whereas the thong bikini only refers to the bottoms. Starting with the top, this teeny bikini has minimal breast coverage. Micro bikini tops are typically made with a single layer of fabric (no padded cups here, ladies) and 30% less coverage than standard bikini tops. Additionally, the bottoms are typically a g string micro style. The bottoms are more narrow on the sides and cover about 1”-1.5” above the woman’s pelvic bone. In the rear, the straps are almost non-existent with a simple ‘T’ shape connecting the sides with the bottom string – Our Micro Bikini is the Vanish or Vixen!
Monokini – The Monokini comes in lots of different shapes and styles. Over the years, it’s evolved from the original topless style to something more practical and versatile. These days, it’s somewhere between a bikini and a regular swimsuit, connecting the top and bottom parts of a bikini but showing more skin than a one-piece suit. That’s why they’re great for women who don’t want to let it all hang out in a bikini but still want to make a striking fashion statement. We have designed our Monokini with a Thong back – Our Monokini is the Viu!
So in addition to the size of the fabric, micro bikinis tend to feature g string bikini styles and sheer fabric. If you’re looking for sheer micro g string bikinis then be sure to read the product descriptions and title of the product that will indicate the style.
Society is growing in acceptance to less fabric. Although don’t be surprised to find a few moms shielding their kids’ eyes and telling you to cover up.
Above: Model wearing our Pearl form fitting one piece Thong Monokini