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Bikini Tops Glossary


Select a term to view the swimwear definition:

Adjustable strap – Elastic straps have a metal piece that slides along the strap to increase or decrease the length.

Bandeau – A strapless style offering bare shoulders for no tan lines.

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

Boning –A fabric covered plastic or metal support that is sewn into garments to support or stabilize.

Bra top – A swim style that has over the shoulder straps and looks like a bra.

Enhancer top – A bikini top that adds cleavage, fullness, size and shape to the bustline with cups, wires or other functional components.

Enhancer triangle – A triangle shaped bikini that uses a molded foam cup to add shape and fullness to the bust.

Floating underwire – Underwire that is sewn into a shelf bra but is not secured to the frame of the exterior garment.

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

Full cut top – A bikini top or one piece that offers better than average bust coverage and support.

Long triangle top – A halter bikini top that has an elongated strap coming from the top of a standard triangle top.

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

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.

Molded cup – A permanently shaped cup that is made of molded polyurethane foam covered in a tricot fabric.

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.

Push-up – Provides a bust lift via molded cups, underwires or other features. Adds fullness and cleavage.

Removable push up pads – Small oval shaped polyurethane pads that may be inserted into cup pockets for an added lift.

Removable shaping cups – Thin foam cups that are contoured to fit the bust apex, providing a pleasing rounded shape and modesty.

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

Shelf bra – A separate lining component that usually has soft plush elastic underneath and helps to support the bust.

Slider back strap – A Venus exclusive! The back strap of a bikini top or one piece has a metal piece that slides along the strap to increase or decrease the total back length. This allows for increased adjustability in the width of the garment for a better fit.

Smocked – Sewing technique using elastic to gather fabric to make it both form fitting and flexible.

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.

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.

Underbust measurement – The measurement directly under the breasts, going around the entire body.

Underwires – Metal wires that are shaped to support the bust. May be used with a molded cup or inserted into a fabric cup.

Waistband – Band of fabric found at the waist.

Wrap halter – The bodice wraps or has the appearance of wrapping around the body and may criss-cross in front.