Swimsuit Styles

Two Pieced Suits

The two pieced swimsuit has only been around for about 70 years. What started as modest suits, over the years they have been re-designed. The Bikini was introduced in France in 1946 to scandalous reviews. Since then the bikini has developed several styles of their own including:

  • String Bikini. This is two pieces of material cut into triangle shapes and connected with 3 strings to cover the chest. The bottom has two triangles have strings on the hips and connect in the crotch area.
  • Classic Bikini. This is the style that was seen in the 60’s and 70’s. Featuring a top and a bottom, the bikini top is fashioned after a bra.


This suit can be either a one or two piece swimsuit. Bandeau refers to the fact that a strip of material is pleated and gathered at the middle. Often seen as strip bikinis, the removable straps can be attached in a wide variety of styles.

Racer Back

This term was applied because it was first used in the Olympics. Allowing for the free movement of your arms, these have become increasingly popular with the general public as well as competitive swimmers.


This is the original one-piece swimsuit. They feature tank straps and a scoop neck. The thighs can be cut low or high. The high cut one-piece are often seen during the swimsuit portion of a beauty pageant.

Swim Dress

This one piece suit is a design favorite of pregnant and plus sized women. Featuring a built in skirt on the bottom, it provides more coverage for the tummy, thighs, butt and hips than the standard one piece suit.