Swimwear Glossary - One-Piece Bathing Suits
Adjustable Height - 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.
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.
Lycra® - 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.
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.
Push-up - 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.
Smocked - Sewing technique using elastic to gather fabric to make it both form fitting and flexible.
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.
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.
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.
Wrap halter - The bodice wraps or has the appearance of wrapping around the body and may criss-cross in front.