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| FIT GUIDE
| SIZE CHART
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.
Back rise - The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the back of the garment.
Bandeau - A strapless style offering bare shoulders for no tan lines.
Blousan - Garment is bloused and finishes snug at the waist.
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.
Control - A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.
Drape - Fabric loosely fits across the body, not snug or form fitting.
Empire waist - A garment that has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust giving a high waisted appearance.
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.
Fitted - A garment that fits close to the body and accentuates your every curve and asset.
Floating underwire - Underwire that is sewn into a shelf bra but is not secured to the frame of the exterior garment.
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.
Full cut top - A bikini top or one piece that offers better than average bust coverage and support.
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.
LycraÂ® - A Dupont registered product that is found in many Venus fabrics. LycraÃ‚Â® gives swimwear fabric its stretch and recovery.
Maillot - A tank-style one piece swimsuit.
Mitered stripe - A stripe that is joined at an angle, usually to create a slimming, angular affect.
Molded cup - A permanently shaped cup that is made of molded polyurethane foam covered in a tricot fabric.
Mono-kini - A one piece swimsuit that looks like a bikini top and bottom joined in the middle with a minimal amount of fabric.
Ombre - The gradual blending of one color hue to another usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.
One-piece - A swimsuit that covers the upper and lower part of the torso.
Perled hem - Hemline created with very small stitches that cover the raw edge of the fabric. Often creates a rippled, ruffle look.
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.
Shelf bra - A separate lining component that usually has soft plush elastic underneath and helps to support the bust.
Skirted bottom - A swimsuit that is a skirt with an attached panty.
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.
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 dress - A tankini or one piece suit that has a skirt like hemline that covers the bottom completely.
Tank suit - A one-piece swimsuit that has over the shoulder straps that have the shape of a tank top.
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.
Waistline - The natural waist on the body, usually located at the bellybutton or navel.
Wrap halter - The bodice wraps or has the appearance of wrapping around the body and may criss-cross in front.