believe that the thong bikini evolved from the traditional bikini
throughout the world by storm in 1946 named after the Island Bikini
Atoll where testing of the first atomic bomb was taking
place however this is not necessarily true.
The thong bikini
can be seen throughout history as far back as 70,000 years ago plus.
type of thong bikini was the loincloth which is believed to be one
of the initial forms of human clothing. It is believed that the
thong or loincloth was created to protect the genitals of both sexes
tribal communities found worldwide from Africa to Japan and not to
forget about the Roman Empire days and Greece the thong bikini had
its place in history.
Time after time
throughout historical times we see the thong bikini. It represents
the feminine side of women yet in many cases it depicts power and
interesting to think that a fashion garment that has been around the
world for centuries has caused such a stir over the past 20 years.
In the 1980ís
the thong bikini re-emerged as a somewhat suitable
for the beach. During the 1990ís thong bikinis continued their journey
as a fashion garment for the beach in Western society. Television
shows for example Baywatch regularly had women showing their wears
on the beach in these teeny tiny swimsuits.
From mid to late
1990ís the thong was gaining traction and was becoming more popular
in the United States as both an underwear garment and a swimsuit.
the late 1990ís and early in the millennium, the thong bikini was
widely accepted with very little controversy to the point that it is
now an everyday occurrence on beaches internationally with the
exception of some limited countries.
Evolution of the Thong Bikini
When the thong
bikini emerged on the fashion scene in the 1980ís there were two
Brazilian Thong Bikini
Brazilian Thong Bikini
Bikinis were the first style that emerged early on in the 1980ís. It
has much higher hip straps than is traditionally seen now and the
front of the bikini still had the standard Brazilian styling while
the back had the open back or thong design.
One Piece Thong Bikini
one piece thong bikini was in essence a one piece swimsuit with high
cut thighs and open thong back. These one piece styles were
considered high fashion and were viewed as being in the exotic
swimwear category during this time period and have continued in
popularity to present day.
As the evolution
continued into the 1990ís, the thong bikini started to take a new
direction. The typical ultra high thigh thong was slowly lowering
its waist straps and migrating to a more Colombian appearance. In
addition the scoop front was gaining traction in all bikini styles
at this time.
Just a note,
on June 22 1990, the state of Florida banned thong bikinis on their
beaches, many people protested only to find out that this ban only
affected state parks where typically families and children gathered
and this only constituted about 4.5 of all public beach front
property in Florida.
By the year
2000, the thong bikini had further evolved into a lower hip style
typically more related to a Colombian bikini design in the front
with an open back. These thongs closely resemble the thong bikini we
see today with lower hip cuts and scoop front styling.
Today we see the
thong bikini taking on many faces from the Brazilian to the
Colombian styles then further evolving into the classic design and
now banded and ruffled thongs. We have intentionally not mentioned the g-string
bikini in this article as it has its own history.
Thong Bikini Styles
thong bikini is a standard cut swimsuit with scoop front and medium
cut thighs with a full thong backside. The classic thong bikini is
probably the most popular style of thong design seen on beaches
today. This thong has many variants including sheer options.
Colombian thong bikini is still seen regularly on beaches but not as
common place as the classic thong. It has slightly higher thighs
than the classic thong and typically has full frontal coverage. As
seen in the photo to the left, this thong has a strapless bandeau
top. This style of top is growing in popularity as it does not leave
shoulder tan lines.
thong bikini is experiencing a comeback. The higher thigh design is
very popular with the women that have a more voluptuous figure. It
tends to accentuate curves and elongate thighs and torsos.
Tonga thong bikini is slightly different than the previous three
styles as it offers slightly more rear coverage than the classic
thong cut. Many women choose a Tonga style as a starting
point and later migrate to a more traditional thong. The Tonga
or string thong as sometimes called resembles more of a string
bikini because of its resemblance to its cousin yet the back is more
Ruffled Thong Bikini
ruffled thong bikini is like all other designs having a full thong
back however this swimsuit is typically viewed as being a
more romantic style and is very popular among couples looking for a
swimsuit for a romantic vacation or honeymoon. It has all of
the features of the classic thong however its waistband is created
with delicate ruffles.
Banded Thong Bikini
banded thong bikini has the classic cut back and thigh height but
with one exception. These stunning swimsuits have a folding or
adjustable waistband that gives women the option to adjust the thong
suit overall height to suit their body type and desired appearance.
With the focus on different body types and sizes wearing thongs
today, this subtle yet functional addition to the classic thong is a
welcomed option for many women.
One Piece Thong Swimsuit
style is becoming very popular and has seen an incredible growth in
popularity amongst beach goers.. Its design typically has higher
thighs with a full thong back that blends into a lower scoop back.
The upper portion of the swimsuit either has a scoop front or a
plunging V design adding to the appeal of this very sexy onepiece.
Below is a standard sizing chart
from Tropical Beach Swimwear and Fashion. Simply find your
measurements and you can easily find your correct size.
Bikini Sizing Chart
Tropical Beach Swimwear
Shop For Thong Bikinis
When shopping for a thong bikini
you should be aware that many cheaper swimsuits of this nature are
manufactured from sub-standard fabrics and are not finished to a
high quality. Always make sure your thong is manufactured from a
blended nylon / lyrca fabric unless it is a specialty product and
that the seams a double sewn, this will ensure the swimsuit will
last and will stay in place.
Caring for your Thong
bikinis are no different than any other swimsuit style. Quality
swimwear is typically manufactured from a blended Nylon/Lycra
fabric. It is a very resilient fabric as fabrics go however there
are some simple rules that you should follow to get years of
enjoyment from your new suit.
As soon as you
purchase a new thong bikini, wash it by hand in mild soap. Never use
or Bleach or Woolite as both of these products will remove the
protective coating on the swimsuit fabric and destroy the elasticity
of the suit itself.
excess moisture from the suit can be done by gently squeezing the
suit in your hands. Do not twist the suit as this will again destroy
its elasticity. Roll the swimsuit up in a washed towel and squeeze
to remove the last bit of moisture then immediately hang over the
back of a chair to finish drying.
Never leave the suit wet:
In a towel
In a bag or
bunched up on the floor
In both of these
cases the fabric will quickly start to degenerate and potentially
get contaminated with bacteria
Keep in mind
hot-tubs, chlorinated water and salt water are all considered harsh
elements for a swimsuit however these elements are also part of
everyday life. Immediately after exposing your suit to any of these
conditions, rinse the suit thoroughly in fresh water and follow the
drying recommendations above.
Thong Bikinis - Dos and
Do rinse off
after every exposure to chemicals, chlorine or slat water.
the sun dry your suit in an un-rinsed state if possible.
your thong bikini in the sun when you are not wearing it.
Donít sit in
wooden chairs or drag against the side of a concrete pool as
both of these situations will prematurely wear the fabric.
tanning oils on your suit as they are exceptionally harsh on all
Do wash your
suit in fresh cool water only and squeeze the water our gently
before laying out to dry.
the most part throughout the USA, Canada and Europe the thong bikini
is now widely excepted however each and every one of these countries
do have a limited number of beaches that are designated as family
focused and thong bikinis are not only frowned upon but in some
cases are illegal.
Most if not all
Muslim countries do not accept exposing swimwear let alone a thong
bikini so beware.
With this basic
information, you should have no trouble travelling with your new