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Bikini Bottoms Glossary

BIKINI TOPSBIKINI BOTTOMSONE-PIECE BATHING SUITSCOVER-UPSFIT GUIDE SIZE CHART

Select a term to view the swimwear definition:

Back rise – The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the back of the garment.

Bikini – A swimsuit consisting of a top and a bottom.

Cheeky coverage – Less than moderate, is considered to be a bit daring with part of the buttocks exposed.

Control – A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.

Front rise – The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the front of the garment.

Full coverage – Coverage that fully covers your bottom and no cheeks hanging out.

High waist – A bottom that has the top waistband within an inch of the natural waistline.

Hold-U-In – A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.

Low-rise – A bottom with the top edge of the suit at or below the hip bone.

Lycra® – A Dupont registered product that is found in many Venus fabrics. Lycra® gives swimwear fabric its stretch and recovery.

Mid-rise – A bottom with the top edge of the suit above the hip bone and below the natural waist.

Mitered stripe – A stripe that is joined at an angle, usually to create a slimming, angular affect.

Mix and match – Venus bikinis are designed to mix and match sizes, styles and colors in hundreds of combinations.

Moderate coverage – Coverage that is modest, with just enough coverage to give you confidence, but is still flirty.

Ombre – The gradual blending of one color hue to another usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

Perled hem – Hemline created with very small stitches that cover the raw edge of the fabric. Often creates a rippled, ruffle look.

Ruched (gathered, shirred) – Fabric is gathered and secured to maintain the gathered appearance.

Scoop front – A bikini bottom with the front waistline lower than the back waist when worn.

Skirted bottom – A swimsuit that is a skirt with an attached panty.

Slimming – A garment that is visually slimming due to its print or body design. Does not contain control fabric.

Spaghetti straps – Thin fabric strings on a swimsuit.

Spandex – The generic equivalent of the component in swimwear fabric that gives it stretch and recovery.

Surplice – Fabric of garment wraps across the body.

Swim pant – A swim bottom that has an "inseam" and does not look like a panty.

Thong (tonga) – A thin string or band of fabric in the back of the suit.

Tricot – Tricot refers to the type of stretch that the knit fabric has. Most Venus swim fabrics have stretch in both horizontal and vertical directions for a better fit.

Waistband – Band of fabric found at the waist.

Waistline – The natural waist on the body, usually located at the bellybutton or navel.