The bikini was revealed to the world in 1946, but two piece swimsuits have been around for a much longer time. Women’s two piece athletic garments have been observed on Greek urns dating from 1400 B.C. Murals in Sicily’s Piazza Armernia dated around 200 A.D. also show women at play wearing two piece bikinis.
Small on top?
* You may want to try a Brazilian two piece. Brazilian girls are naturally smaller on top than Americans and their swimsuits are cut to accommodate this.
* Tops with padding and adjustable straps are ideal to create the shape and feel you want.
* Buying the two pieces separately ensures a perfect fit top and bottom.
Big on top?
* Support should be your main concern. Underwire tops are good for a large chest, and halter neck tops provide a great combination of support and a hint of cleavage.
* Avoid bandeau tops. They merely cover and don’t support the chest.
Worried about your tummy?
* Tankinis are the answer. They cover just enough of problem areas but remain funky and comfortable without being too conservative.
* Mini skirted bikinis are perfect for you. Go for a streamlined, slip on skirt, nothing with bulk or ruffles.
* An elaborately decorated or patterned top will draw attention away from your bottom half.
* A suit cut high on the thigh will make your legs look much longer.
* Skirted bikinis and boy leg bottoms draw the eye downwards and make you look shorter.
* Adornments around the hips will break up your silhouette - belts, bows, ring ties and straps.
* Horizontal stripes and bright colors are big news.
You’re well suited to boy-leg bottoms and ruffled skirts.