Styles of bikini tops, bikini bottoms and one-pieces
The summer is on it’s way. That means it’s time to get hunting for your perfect swimsuit or bikini. To find your next fabulous swimwear piece, it’s good to know what all the different terms mean. So here’s a terminology list of the different types of tops, bottoms and swimsuits you’ll encounter out there. So if you’re wondering what a tankini is or what’s so amazing about a halter neck anyway? We’ve got the answers for you here. After you’ve read all this, try using our bikini and swimsuit guide to help you find the most flattering bikini or swimsuit for you.
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Types of bikini tops
Different types of bikini tops are good for different types of activites and different types of bodies. Read on to find out which bikini tops you should be trying on.
What is a tankini?
This is a fusion of the tank top and the bikini. A tankini provides you with the ease of wear of a bikini and the coverage of a swimsuit. If you’re don’t want to show a lot of skin or if your washboard is a work in progress, this is a great option for you. Have a look at our MM Mitchy and our MM Femme 20 tankini tops.
What is a bandeau bikini?
Here’s your solution to the perfect tan. Our bandeau bikinis come with detachable shoulder straps so that you have the extra support when you need it. Remove the shoulder straps and voilà! a strapless tan. This look is good for the small to medium bust. Check out the Special bandeau bikini, a true summer eye-catcher. Or have a look at our MM Madeira and MM Rifle 20 bandeau bikini tops.
What is a triangle bikini?
Well, the name says it all. This bikini is made up of two triangles, which cover the chest, and then some straps to hold everything together. This is a great beach babe look and a classic shape. This look is good for the small to medium bust. We like to add extra beading and ties to our triangle bikinis. Have a look at our Idyllic or our Ale 20 triangle bikinis and let your inner ‘Bond girl’ out.
What is a halter neck bikini top?
This is perhaps the most flattering bikini top shape of all time. The halter neck bikini top is made up of two stretched-out triangles of fabric that tie together behind the neck. It provides you with just the right amount of support while also showing some skin. Simple and beautiful. For this style, check out the Admirer 20 and the Bluewave.
What is an underwire bikini top?
These bikinis have a built-in wire structure that runs under the chest and there are usually also built-in moulded cups. Underwire bikinis are good for the larger busted amongst us, giving extra support to the chest. Check out our Palermo and Bulb bikini.
What is a push-up bikini top?
The name gives you a clue. This bikini top serves to ‘push up’ your chest. Push-up bikinis lift the cleavage and are padded under the chest so that your bust is made to look curvier and just more out there! Check out our Eleonore 20 bikini, our MM Marianne and our MM Goa 20 bikini top.
What is a high neck bikini top?
These bikini tops have a high neck line and they’ve got a more sporty look. These bikini forms are practical if you are very active on the beach. Check out our Vanessa and Riddle high bikinis.
Types of bikini bottoms
There are many different types of bikini bottom out there. You just need to find the one that suits you best.
What are regular bikini bottoms?
This is the most common fit. Regular fit bikini bottoms usually sit lower on the hips and there is good coverage of the cheeks. This is the classic bikini bottom and suits most body types. Check out our MM Pistol 20 and MM Cabel 20 bikini bottoms.
What are hipster bikini bottoms?
These are the best bikini bottoms if you have plans of action. Hipster bottoms are wide aross the leg so they are good if you are looking for total bottom coverage. We’ve got wide hipster cuts like our cute MM Aguila bikini bottom. Also check out our MM Facet, which has flattering narrower sides.
What are cheeky bikini bottoms?
Cheeky bottoms are for those ladies who like to show a little more cheek! The cut of these bottoms is more ‘V’ in shape. Cheeky bottoms help to make your legs look longer. For this look, check out our MM Sarah bikini bottoms.
What are high-wasited bikini bottoms?
The high waist is the new norm for waistlines and it is the trendiest and most flattering two piece for this season. It’s a combination of comfort and style. The high waist accentuates the waist and at the same time covers the stomach. Take a look at our Special and our Oconut bikini where the high waist is combined with a high leg creating a new summer shape.
What are tie-side bikini bottoms?
We’ve got quite a few of these in our collection. The tie-side bottoms have straps at the side, which you tie together. This makes it possible to adjust the fit. The tie-side bikini bottom is a good shape for tanning your legs as there is less fabric at the side of the garment. Check out our MM Esmeralda and MM Cabelst 20 bikini bottoms.
Types of swimsuits
What’s a swimsuit or one-piece?
You can guess, can’t you? It’s a suit that covers your top and bottom at the same time. These one-pieces are great for swimming . They also suit all chest sizes and cover up the stomach, should you want to have that hidden. We have a great variety of swimsuits, from the high-waisted Whitney to the neon Sundaze or our Prise with ruffles.
So now you understand the terms. We’ve discussed bikini tops like the tankini and the halter neck and bikini bottoms like the cheeky and the high-waisted bottoms. The one-piece is also a great choice for the summer. Why not check out our guide to which bikinis and one-pieces suit which body types. This will give you a good idea about which of the above garments will look best on your body. Happy bikini hunting!