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Bikini Bottoms Glossary

Select a term to view the swimwear definition:

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

Bikini â€" A swimsuit consisting of a top and a bottom.

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

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

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

Full coverage â€" Coverage that fully covers your bottom and no cheeks hanging out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruched (gathered, shirred) â€" Fabric is gathered and secured to maintain the gathered appearance.

Scoop front â€" A bikini bottom with the front waistline lower than the back waist when worn.

Skirted bottom â€" A swimsuit that is a skirt with an attached panty.

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

Spaghetti straps â€" Thin fabric strings on a swimsuit.

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

Surplice â€" Fabric of garment wraps across the body.

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

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

Tricot â€" 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 â€" Band of fabric found at the waist.

Waistline â€" The natural waist on the body, usually located at the bellybutton or navel.