Swimwear for Women

by Emily McBride
(last updated November 16, 2016)

Spending a few hours at the beach or in the pool on a hot summer day can feel nice and refreshing, but to truly enjoy it, you need to make sure you are dressed for the occasion! Nothing beats a swimsuit for getting a tan or even swimming laps. Women's swimwear has changed significantly over the past century, and is now more convenient and comfortable than ever before.

Swimsuits are good for any of the following types of activities: getting a tan, relaxing in the Jacuzzi, swimming, water skiing or wakeboarding, or any other type of water sport. If you are in a beauty pageant of some kind, you may also be required to wear a swimsuit.

Women have many different types of swimsuits to choose from. Some barely cover the important body parts, while others cover more. Swimsuits today come in all different colors and patterns. The following is just a short list of different types of swimsuits and special features:

  • Bikini. This little swimsuit provides hardly any coverage. If you are uncomfortable with showing off your body, you may want to look elsewhere for your swimsuit. Bikinis are also known as two-pieces. Bikinis greatly vary depending on what style you get. One example is the classic string bikini.
  • Tankini. Tankinis are two-piece swimsuits that have the benefit of covering more of your body. They are usually made up of a bikini bottom with a top like a tank-top.
  • One-piece. If you feel uncomfortable displaying so much of your body, go for a one-piece swimsuit. One-piece swimsuits are also great for sports as they will not fall off and they give more support. There are many different styles of one-piece swimsuit. Some are plain and simple, while others have skirts on the end or are cut in a "retro" fashion. One-piece swimsuits are also known as tank suits or maillots.
  • Monokini. Some may think from the "mono" that a monokini is just a regular one-piece swimsuit. However, a monokini is more revealing. A monokini is like a one-piece, but a large portion of the back and sides are cut out. From the back it looks like a bikini, while the front looks like a one-piece.
  • Bandeau. Bandeau swimsuits come in all styles, but they are strapless.
  • Burqini. This swimsuit, often worn by those of Islamic faith, covers the whole body and head.

Whatever swimsuit you decide to choose, make sure you feel comfortable in it. You want to spend your time enjoying the sun, not worrying about what you look like!

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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