October 25, 2020

Bikini Swimsuits

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The bikini was invented by Louis Reard and Jacques Heim, in Paris in 1946. However, due to its skimpiness, hardly anyone had the courage to wear a bikini until the late 1950s, when actress Brigitte Bardot created a splash by wearing a bikini in the film, “And God Created Woman.” The bikini revolution subsequently became a rage, and even got its own song: “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

Coming back to the present, bikinis have become modest in character. Bikini bottoms are offering more coverage than in the past without giving up on their sex appeal. Recently we have become more modest with straight, top-line bikini bottoms and hardly any deep-V bikini bottoms, thongs or G-strings in sight. We have even seen the ‘skirtini’.

Bikinis come in a variety of styles, the most popular being ‘Tankini’ (a longer top that leaves only a small portion of the stomach exposed), ‘Bandini’ (a bikini with a bandeau top), ‘Camikini’ (similar to the tankini except the top looks like a camisole), and ‘Boy Legs’ (the bottom is longer and resembles short shorts). The classic halter-top is still very popular although the ‘Bandini’ is the biggest seller with almost every swimwear label producing its own take on it. For the ties that bind, sashes, rather than spaghetti strings, are the current fashion.

For those on the heavier side, sarongs continue to be a flattering way to cover up the extra pounds, although board shorts are a sporty alternative.

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