Do you plan on doing a little swimsuit shopping? Do you have your eyes on a two-piece bathing suit, but aren’t sure where to begin? Nowadays shoppers are given an absolute plethora of options in terms of two-piece bathing suits, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. That massive selection can tend to be a bit overwhelming and leave women wondering where to begin.
To help you navigate the sometimes rather murky waters of two-piece bathing suits, here’s a look at the most popular styles.
The tankini bathing suit is one that has been wildly popular in the last decade or so. It provides women with the option of wearing a two-piece bathing suit that looks more like a one-piece. A tankini consists of a top that sits all the way down to the waistband of the bottoms. It’s described as a more “modest” version of the typical bikini. The bottoms tend to be the traditional bikini bottoms, but it gives women the ability to conceal the tummy region.
The tankini was first introduced by Anne Cole, who is a well-known swimsuit designer. Cole believed that women can be sexy no matter what, which means they don’t have to resort to tiny bikinis if they don’t want to. Tankinis come in all different colors, patterns, and prints. The tops also come in various styles such as strapless, halter neck, or thick/thin shoulder straps. The tankini is not only great for those who want to cover-up a bit, but also for women who like to be active in their bathing suit and not have to worry about anything slipping out of place.
The String Bikini
When it comes to the most iconic swimsuits out there, the string bikini has to be right at the top of the list. The string bikini is often called the triangle suit as it is made up of triangular shaped pieces of fabric that are held together by strings. A triangle covers the front and back of the bottom, while triangles are also used on the top of the suit.
This particular suit is the most revealing of all the styles. It also offers the least amount of support so it’s not ideal for beach, pool, and water sports. Of course, just like with any other swimsuit, the string bikini also comes in a variety of colors, prints, and fabrics.
The In-Between Options
Now that we’ve looked at the two different extremes as far as coverage and style goes, it’s also important to talk about all the in-between options. These options are perfect for women who don’t want to reveal as much as the string bikini does, but at the same time want to show some skin and play with different styles.
Typically, women tend to gravitate towards the swimsuit that highlights their best features and helps to camouflage those areas they may be more self-conscious of. Take a look at push-up bikinis. These provide women with a stylish two-piece option with built in padding in the top to create a fuller looking bust-line. This padding is sometimes removable, allowing women to customize the look of the suit.
When it comes to the best push up bikinis there are a few brands that tend to stand out. These are Anne Cole, Becca, InMocean, and Lucky Brand (the same brand as the popular Lucky Jeans). You’ll be able to find bright prints, solids, various fabrics, and textures.
Another great option for women is the bandeau style two-piece. The bandeau top looks like a strip of fabric that sits around the bust and is strapless. Sometimes the suit may come with removable straps. This bathing suit top is perfect for those concerned about pesky tan lines. It can be paired with any type of bottom and look great.
Finally, there is the halter style bathing suit. This top features straps that go around the woman’s neck and tie at the back of the neck. While anyone can wear this style of top, it tends to work especially well for large-busted women who are looking for support and comfort. Again, you can pair this top with any style of bottom.
A Two-Piece Pro
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the most popular two-piece suits out there, you’re ready to start shopping for that perfect bathing suit. Remember, sometimes the style you would be the least likely to pick is the one that ends up being perfect, so it’s important to give all styles a try.