A bikini is usually a women’s abbreviated two-piece swimsuit with a bra top for the chest and panties cut below the navel. The basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the woman’s breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the buttocks in back. The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.

The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Réard, the inventor of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Heim, also from Paris, invented a similar design in the same year. Due to it’s controversial and revealing design, the bikini was slow to be adopted. In many countries it was banned from beaches and public places. The Holy See declared the design sinful. While still considered risqué the bikini gradually became a part of popular culture when filmstars like Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and others began wearing them on public beaches and in film.
The bikini design became common in most western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear, swimwear and underwear. By the late 20th century it had become common as sportswear in sports such as beach volleyball and bodybuilding. Variations of the term are used to describe stylistic variations for promotional purposes and industry classifications, but i bet that most of us didn’t know that we have Monokini, Microkini, Tankini, Trikini, Pubikini, Bandeaukini and Skirtini. LOL OMG! You sef see types of Bikini you fear abi? Check the pictures above.
Mind you, Men also wear bikini…Please don’t call me a liar tho. A man’s brief swimsuit may also be referred to as a bikini. A variety of men’s and women’s underwear are described as bikini underwear that’s just it.
The bikini has gradually grown to gain wide acceptance in Western society. According to French fashion historian Olivier Saillard, the bikini is perhaps the most popular type of female beachwear around the globe because of “the power of women, and not the power of fashion”. As he explains, “The emancipation of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipation of women.”
A bikini top is very similar to a bra, though its construction may be simpler. The bikini top is supported by a band around the woman’s torso under her bust. The chest band is held in place by ties at the back using a string or hook and eye fastener, or by the elasticity of the material, or it may be fastened at the front. Some bikini tops do not have fasteners and are pulled on over the head and breasts. Two fabric triangles attached to the chest band cover the breasts. The fabric triangles may be supported by shoulder straps. A bikini top may or may not provide full support for breasts like a bra.
The bikini bottoms are panties which are held in place by the tension of the fabric or by ties at the hips. The bottom consists of two triangles of fabric that cover the groin in front and the buttocks in the back. The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design that only cover the mons pubis. Hmm!.
While the name “Bikini” was at first applied only to beachwear that revealed the wearer’s navel, today the fashion industry considers any two-piece swimsuit a bikini. Modern bikini fashions are characterized by a simple, brief design: two triangles of fabric that form a bra and cover the woman’s breasts and a third that forms a panty cut below the navel that covers the groin and the buttocks.

Bikinis can and have been made out of almost every possible clothing material, and the fabrics and other materials used to make bikinis are an essential element of their design. Modern bikinis were first made of cotton and jersey. DuPont’s introduction of Lycra (spandex) in the 1960s completely changed how bikinis were designed and worn, as according to Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a former model and author of The Bikini Book, “the advent of Lycra allowed more women to wear a bikini…it didn’t sag, it didn’t bag, and it concealed and revealed. It wasn’t so much like lingerie anymore.” Alternative swimwear fabrics such as velvet, leather, and crocheted squares surfaced in the early 1970s.



In a single fashion show in 1985, there were two-piece suits with cropped tank tops instead of the usual skimpy bandeaux, suits that resembled bikinis from the front and one-pieces from the back, suspender straps, ruffles, and deep navel-baring cutouts.Metal and stone jewelery pieces are now often used to dress up look and style according to tastes. To meet the fast pace of demands, some manufacturers now offer made-to-order bikinis ready in as few as seven minutes. Do you know that the world’s most expensive bikini was designed in February 2006? You don’t abi?…It was designed by Susan Rosen; containing 150 carats (30 g) of diamond, it was valued at £20 million. See something!
I’ve already mentioned it above that bikini have different types. No let una teeth comot o. Bikini variations have grown to include a large number of more or less revealing styles — String bikinis, Monokinis (topless or top and bottom connected), Trikinis (three pieces instead of two), Tankinis (tank top, bikini bottom), Camikinis (camisole top, bikini bottom), Bandeaukini (bandeau top, bikini bottom), Skirtini (bikini top, skirt bottom), Granny bikini (bikini top, boy shorts bottom), Hikinis (also hipkini), Seekinis (transparent), Minikinis, Microkinis, Miniminis, Slingshots (or suspender bikinis), thong bottoms, tie-sides (a variety of string bikini) and teardrops.

In the early 19th century, you will use our mother’s underwear to sew 50 ladies underwear today. Most ladies use bikini as underwear today because… That is the answer you will give me and will be posted on the next edition.



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