Swimwear Glossary - Bikini Bottoms

Shopping for bikini bottoms? Make sure you know what these common swimwear terms mean.

Back Rise:
The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the back of the garment.
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.
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.
Long triangle top:
A halter bikini top that has an elongated strap coming from the top of a standard triangle top.
A Dupont registered product that is found in many Venus fabrics. Lycra┬« gives swimwear fabric its stretch and recovery.
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.
Molded cup:
A permanently shaped cup that is made of molded polyurethane foam covered in a tricot fabric.
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.
Provides a bust lift via molded cups, underwires or other features. Adds fullness and cleavage.
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.
Ruched (gathered, shirred):
Fabric is gathered and secured to maintain the gathered appearance.
Shelf bra:
A separate lining component that usually has soft plush elastic underneath and helps to support the bust.
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.
Sewing technique using elastic to gather fabric to make it both form fitting and flexible.
Spaghetti straps:
Thin fabric strings on a swimsuit.
The generic equivalent of the component in swimwear fabric that gives it stretch and recovery.
Fabric of garment wraps across the body.
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.
Metal wires that are shaped to support the bust. May be used with a molded cup or inserted into a fabric cup.
Band of fabric found at the waist.
Wrap halter:
The bodice wraps or has the appearance of wrapping around the body and may criss-cross in front.