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Bikini Bottoms Glossary

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.