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Bikini Guide

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BIKINI STYLE GUIDE

There are many different types of styles of bras with each offering a different fit and shape. Some styles will work better for certain figure types, or pair better with particular types of clothing. The following section explains the features and benefits of each style so that you can determine if this style might be right for you.


BANDEAU BIKINI TOP

A popular shape in swimwear, the bandeau bikini has a straight or sweetheart shaped neckline. See Bikini Strapless for styles that can be worn without shoulder straps.

HALTERNECK BIKINI TOP

A halterneck bikini will have ties to support around the neck, or may have shoulder straps that can be connected together around the neck.

STRAPLESS BIKINI TOP

Strapless bikinis often come with detachable shoulder straps. Styles with built in halterneck ties can be worn strapless as well, as the tie can usually tuck down into the cups between the breasts and those with a sling style on the side can tie around the back.

PUSH-UP BIKINI TOP

A push-up bikini will showcase your curves and show a little bit of cleavage at the beach. Padded cups or even the addition of a push-up pad, and an open, or deep-v neckline make the push-up bikini a classic shape.



TRIANGLE BIKINI TOP

The triangle bikini can be found with or without underwires. The low centre front with ties going around the neck are flattering on fuller busts as it brings the breasts together, enhancing your cleavage.

TANKINI

Most tankini styles are available by bra size and will often have an underwire bra built in for support and shaping, along with a hook & eye closure for further adjustability.



SWIMSUIT

A swimsuit can be with or without wires, with many offering an internal bra for support and shaping. Styles and necklines vary, with many now having adjustable shoulder straps for a customisable fit.

SPORTS SWIMSUIT

Swimsuits suitable for sports often have higher necklines and fuller cut bottoms for coverage and support, or are made of fabrics more resistant to chlorine. Shoulder straps will often cross-over in the back or be a racerback style to increase support and eliminate straps from slipping. Styles are suitable for regular use doing water aerobics or lane swimming.

CLASSIC BIKINI BRIEF

The classic brief has moderate coverage at the front, hip and bum. A basic offered in nearly every collection.

TIE-SIDE BIKINI BRIEF

Tie-side briefs make the perfect beach bikini. Adjustable ties let you wear the bottoms as loose or as snug as you wish. Styles vary with some having narrow spaghetti-style ties, while others have large fabric ties giving a little more coverage.



BIKNI SHORTS

Bikini shorts sit square on the hip and offer good coverage through the hip and bottom. They can be both high or low in the rise. Shorts tend to look more 'athletic' and can draw attention to your hips and bottom.



HIGH-WAIST BIKINI BRIEF

The high-waist bikini brief is designed with more coverage in the front rise, hip and seat. It will sit higher on the waist, with some styles reaching the belly button. The full brief is often cut low on the leg so that there is full coverage across the stomach.



TANGA BIKINI BRIEF

The tanga style bottom offers less coverage through the hip and the bum and sits low on the hip.


Need help with the fit of your bra? Visit the LACE Bra Fitting Guide for more information on how to fit your bra, the best way to put on your bra and our international size guide for EU and UK cup sizes, along with the LACE Pregnancy and Nursing Guide and LACE Sports Bra Guide.