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One-Piece 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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Board shorts – Cool and breezy polyester shorts perfect for any summertime activity. Available in long, standard and short lengths.
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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.

Convertible dress/skirt – A stretchy cover-up that can be worn as a dress or pulled down to the hips and be worn as a skirt.  Most are one size fits most.
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Cookie pads – Small foam oval shaped pads that can be inserted into the pockets of swim tops for additional uplift and shape.

Cross-back one-piece – A one piece with criss-cross back straps.  The criss-cross is a sexy design element that also adds functionality in that it cinches the waistline of the suit.

Cut-out one-piece – A one piece suit that is very open on the sides as if the fabric was “cut out”.  Also may be called a monokini.

Headband – A fabric band to hold back hair and coordinate with your swimwear.
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Keyhole tank – A one piece suit with a round cut out of fabric. The keyhole may be at the neckline, exposing skin between the breasts or in the back, revealing a very sexy, bare back.
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Maillot – Another name for a one-piece swimsuit.

Mitered one-piece – A one piece suit with stripes sewn into a “V” design that slenderizes and flatters your figure by tricking the eye.
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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.

Monokini – A one piece suit that has the look of a bikini. Minimal fabric or connectivity between the top and bottom of the suit.  Also called a cut-out one-piece.

Poncho – A sexy, sheer coverup that is loose on the body & pulls over your head.
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Scrunchie – An elasticized fabric hair accessory for ponytails.  Will not pull or tug on hair even when swimming.
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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. 

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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Tank one-piece – A one piece suit that has shoulder straps that are similar to a tank top. May be thick or thin straps.
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Thinsational – A collection of one-piece suits that incorporate power lining and special construction to make you look more slender and sexy.
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Underwire – Metal wires inserted into fabric casings under the bust to enhance the shape and support of the bust.

Venus Razor – A one piece suit that “shaves inches off your figure” by its paneling construction.  No heavy linings to restrict movement, it slenderizes by tricking your eye.
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Wrap skirt – A piece of swimwear fabric sewn in a curved shape to tie comfortably around your hips for an instant coverup.
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