Glossary Of Swimwear Terms
Bandeau Tops - A strapless bikini top. This style is best suited to cup sizes
A-C. Comes with detachable neck strap, bone side supports. Most have
removable foam-shaping pads. Back adjusts with spaghetti loop.
Bandeau Tankini (also known as a Bandini) - A strapless top with
belly coverage. The back remains open with a spaghetti loop tie. Hidden
shelf bra with side stays and removable foam shaping cups for support.
Comes with detachable elastic neck strap.
Enhancer Tops - A Venus exclusive, enhancer tops are designed to
add a full cup size to your bust. Each style includes molded foam cups
that support and enhance the bust line.
Bra - A bra top with shoulder straps that enhances the bust and
adds cleavage. The world famous enhancer bra top includes molded foam
cups, underwires and a sliding adjustable back strap. Removable push-up
pads for A-C cups and adjustable elastic shoulder straps for a perfect
Tankini - A triangle top with elastic neck strap that enhances
the bust and adds cleavage. Includes a shelf bra made of molded foam,
separate underwires and two sets of push-up pads for further
enhancement. Open back with fully adjustable spaghetti loop tie.
Triangle - A bikini top with neck strap that enhances the bust.
Molded foam cups, elastic straps that tie behind the neck and an elastic
strap under the bust with an adjustable bra closure. Pockets with
removable push-ups pads in cup sizes A-C.
Full Cut Tops - A swimsuit top with continuous or separate
underwires, shoulder straps and strong closures for maximum support.
Ideal for larger cup sizes.
Bra with Continuous Underwire - Underwire that runs under the
bust, detachable center bow, wide elastic adjustable shoulder straps and
contoured cup seams. Adjustable bra hook closure at back.
Bra with Separate Wires - Top includes separate (sometimes
referred to as broken) underwires with contoured fabric seams, wide
adjustable elastic shoulder straps (may be worn crossed in the back for
added support) and no added padding. Adjustable bra hook closure at
Halter Tops - A bikini top that ties or hooks behind the neck and
Contoured - Top with contoured shaping seams. Elastic band under
bust for support. Available with a Ύ" elastic band or 1 ½"
elastic band. Depending on the style, comfortable sash ties behind the
neck or adjustable sash or string ties in back.
Contoured Tankini - Top with wide elastic band under the bust,
contoured shaping seams (to fit and shape the bust), open back with
belly coverage. Comfortable sash ties at neck with spaghetti loop tie at
Tankini - Halter top with belly coverage. Includes a hidden shelf
bra, for support a full back, slightly longer than other Venus tankini
styles. Ties at neck with sash.
Sash - Top with a wide soft fabric band under the bust, ties at
back and neck with sash, includes removable foam cups for shaping.
Sport - Top has no underwires and no padding for comfort and
flexibility. Sash ties at neck with an adjustable hook bra closure at
the back. Cup sizes C-D have side stays for support. Ring detail.
Wrap - Custom fitting top with straps that cross over at the
front and tie at the back, so coverage and hold can be adjusted.
Molded Bra Tops - Swimsuit tops with a molded, foam cup that
gives support to and shapes the bust.
Perfect Fit Bra - Top has underwires and molded foam cups with
removable push-up pads (cup sizes A-C) for added enhancement. Ties
behind neck with elastic strap and close at back with a bra hook
Sport Tops - A bikini top designed for flexibility and support
with more coverage than a traditional bikini top.
Halter - Top with neck strap, no underwires and no padding for
comfort and flexibility. Sash ties at neck with an adjustable hook bra
closure at the back. Cup sizes C-D have side stays for support. Ring
Tankini Tops - A two-piece top designed to cover the belly from
bust to waist or hip.
Triangle Tops - A classic style that offers minimal coverage with
two triangular pieces of fabric over the bust. The triangles can slide
along a bottom string or remain attached. Many have removable cups for
shaping. Spaghetti straps tie behind the neck and back.
Surf - Top with triangle cups that slide along a bottom string,
removable foam cups for shaping. Also called a "long"
triangle, depending on the fabric may have a wide neck sash or spaghetti
ties behind the neck. Depending on the fabric, may have 3/8"
adjustable elastic strap under bust or spaghetti tie.
Underwire - Top with contoured fabric coups and underwires for
support. Ties behind the neck with spaghetti strings and either has
adjustable back sash ties or adjustable bra hook closure. Sizes A-C have
removable push up pads. Comfortable, thin elastic ties at neck for cup
bottoms have an elastic band that gives the front panel a flat, sleek
look. Moderate rear coverage. Low rise styling.
Boy/Hot Shorts Short,
mid-rise shorts with a fold-down waistband that transforms the shorts to
low-rise. Includes non-elasticized legs and fully lined front and back.
Offers slightly less than moderate rear coverage.
Brazilian Bottoms Bolder
look with high-cut legs. Overall, less coverage than the popular
moderate coverage bottoms
Folded Waist Moderate Bottoms This
style has a mid-rise bottom with the waistband up, or a low-rise bottom
when the waist is folded down. Features moderate rear coverage.
Bottoms These bikini bottoms have moderate-cut legs,
a high waist and a full cut with full front and rear coverage. Depending
on the style, may feature a fabric waistband and a center back seam or
comfortable elastic waist with or without an accenting sash belt.
High-Cut Bottoms Bottoms
offering varying degrees of coverage, but with high-cut legs.
High-Waist Bottoms Bottom that
sits on or close to your natural waist.
Hidden High-Waist Full Cut These
bikini-style bottoms have a hidden elastic waistband for more support,
center back seam and high-cut legs. Has full rear coverage.
Hidden High-Waist Moderate These
bottoms have a hidden 1-inch elastic waistband that hugs the body for
additional support through the tummy. Center back seam and high-cut
legs. Offers moderate rear coverage.
Moderate Bottoms Bottoms
with classic American coverage. Not too much, not too
little. Perfectly sexy.
Low-Rise Bottoms This bottom
style sits low on the hips and straight across the front, with moderate
rear coverage. Available with side ties.
Mid-Rise Bottoms This style
hits midway on the hips and has moderate rear coverage, but with less
scoop in the front than other moderate bottom styles. A classic style
that's not too low or too high.
Scoop One of the most popular
bikini bottom styles, with a sexy scoop front.
Scuba The scuba style offers a
mid-rise bottom with moderate coverage. A belt or wide waistband is
included. Also known as a surf bottom.
Skirted Bottoms Skirted
swimsuit bottoms with attached bikini.
Miniskirt A low-rise
miniskirt that offers full front and back coverage. Includes an attached
Tie-Side Bottoms Bottoms with
tie or string sides.
Surf Bottom Low-rise
bottom with moderate coverage and a belt. Also known as scuba
Thin Elastic Bottoms Similar
in styling to the string bikini, but with elastic at the waist instead
Thong/Tonga Bottoms These bikini
bottoms have high-cut legs, a scoop front and "barely there"
Asymmetric One-Piece One-piece
suit with one shoulder exposed. High fashion look.
suit with straps that tie or hook behind the neck in a halter style, not
shoulder straps. Typically with a bare shoulder look but good
High Neck A
tank swimsuit with a higher neckline that hits above the collarbone.
suit with a round cut out exposing the skin. Keyhole may be at the
neckline, exposing skin between the breasts or in the back, revealing a
very sexy bare back.
suit with stripes in a mitered, or V design that slenderizes and
flatters your figure by tricking the eye.
suit with the feel of a bikini. Usually a minimal amount of fabric
connects the top to the bottom. Very sexy styling.
suit manufactured with seamless technology. No side seams, this
garment is created as a tube of fabric with high tech machines.
Seamless is sexy and comfortable.
Tank One Piece
suit that has clean, simple lines with moderate coverage and typically
has shoulder straps for support. May have straps that tie behind
One-piece - One-piece
suit that has a separate shelf bra sewn inside the suit for shaping and
support. May have foam cups sewn into a fabric shelf or removable
cups inserted in pockets. Usually has plush wide elastic under the
bust for support.
suit that has totally bare shoulders. Bandeau style bust attached
to classic tank body. Not recommended for busts larger than size
with very sexy styling with large cut outs of fabric, revealing lots of
Ruched One-piece -
One-piece with flattering ruching(gathers) that hides figure flaws.
One-piece with criss-cross back straps . The criss cross is a sexy
design element but also adds functionality in that it cinches the
waistline of the suit, creating a flattering waistline.
Another name for a one-piece swimsui
Belted One-piece -
One-piece suit with belt. Belt may be a tie on sash or a
constructed belt. Usually suit may be worn with or without the