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Bikini Tops Glossary


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Asymmetric – A bikini top or one-piece with one shoulder strap.  The other shoulder is bare.  A high fashion look.

Bandeau – A strapless one-piece or bikini top offering bare shoulders for no tan lines.   Best suited for cups sizes A-C.
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Banded halter top – A halter bikini top that has a wide elastic band under the bust for added support.
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Bandini – A tankini that is bare on the shoulders like a bandeau top.

Bra top – A bikini top styled like a bra with over-the-shoulder straps.

Constructed shelf bra – A hidden component in a bikini top or one piece that incorporated molded foam cups, fabric and a soft, plush wide elastic under the bust.  Cups may be sewn into the lining fabric or may be floating inside fabric pockets.  Provides the maximum in hidden support.

Contoured top – A bikini top that has cup seams that create a rounded cup shape to fit your body like a second skin.

Cookie pads – Small foam oval shaped pads that can be inserted into the pockets of swim tops for additional uplift and shape.

Enhancer bra top – The world famous enhancer bra top includes molded foam cups for shaping, underwires for support, removable cookie pads in sizes A-C , adjustable elastic shoulder straps and a unique adjustable back strap for a perfect fit.
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Enhancer top – A Venus exclusive, enhancer tops are designed to add a full cup size to your bust.  Molded foam cups may have extra padding or removable cookie pads for additional enhancement.
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Enhancer triangle – A triangle shaped bikini top that incorporated the use of a molded foam cup to add shape and fullness to the bust.  May or may not have additional cookie pads with pockets.
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French bra – Sexy gathered cups with underwires and removable cookie pads.  Ties behind the neck and has an adjustable back strap for a perfect fit.

Full Cut top – A bikini top with more cup coverage.
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Halter top – A bikini top that ties behind the neck.
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Long triangle top – A bikini top that has an elongated strap coming from the top of a standard triangle top.  Usually has a comfortable sash tie at the neck instead of spaghetti.
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Molded cup – A foam cup that has been permanently molded into its shape.  May have thicker padding at the bottom outside of the cup for additional push-up.

Seduction top – Molded foam cups with built-in push up pads in a sweetheart shape.  Elastic neck and back straps for comfort.  Pockets with additional cookie pads in all sizes.

Shaping pads – Rounded foam cups that may be sewn into the lining of the top or slid into lining pockets for shaping.  This type of padding does not add fullness.

Shelf bra – A hidden component in a bikini top that is a fabric liner with soft, plush wide elastic under the bust.  Provides medium support.

Slider back strap – A Venus exclusive!  The back strap of a bikini top or one piece suit that 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 customized fit. 

Sport top – A bikini top designed with no underwires or padding that might interfere with sports activities.  Usually has more coverage than similar styles.
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Swimsuit Fabric – At VENUS® our women´s swimwear fabrics are made of the highest quality materials for long-lasting comfort and a perfect fit whether dry or wet. Additionally, the UPF 50+ fabrics we use in our swim styles are made with materials that help block 98% of UV rays to help ensure that your covered areas have no surprise sunburns at the end of your day.
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Tankini top – A bikini top with a “skirt” that covers your midsection/belly.  Tankinis may be at the waist or longer, depending on the particular style.  Combining a tankini top with a higher waisted bottom creates the look of a one-piece suit with the comfort of a bikini.
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Triangle top – A bikini top with cups in the basic shape of a triangle.  Usually ties behind the neck and back with spaghetti strings.
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Underwire – Metal wires inserted into fabric casings under the bust to enhance the shape and support of the bust.

Underwire triangle – A triangle shaped bikini top that has the shaping of contour halter with cup shaping seams, underwires for support, removable cookie pads for shaping and a totally adjustable back strap for a perfect fit.

Volley top – A bikini top that ties at the neck & back. Wider elastic under the bust and contour cup seams for a stay-put fit.