Shopping for Cute Bikini Tops
Whether you’re buying cute bikini tops because you’re going on a beach vacation or just heading to a friend’s pool party, it’s important that you find one that’s perfect for you!
You either love or hate shopping for bikinis, and trying to find one that fits your style, looks good on you, is cute, and has a decent price point, makes it all much more difficult. We’ll take some of that pain away by offering some suggestions for stylish bikini tops that have beautiful backs and will look stunning.
Different Types of Cute Bikini Tops
Halter Bikini Top
Halter-style bikini tops are not only a standard, but they are one of the original styles designed in the late 1940s by Louis Reard, the inventor of the modern bikini. This cute bikini style features straps that tie or are clipped together at the nape of the neck. A second strap winds from the bottom of the top around to the middle of the back where it is fastened. The front can be bandeau-style, triangular cups, or one single triangle that covers the upper chest to the collarbone.
Halter-style bikini tops typically leave the majority of your back on display, although some include criss-cross strap variations that run from the neck down to the bottom strap, which add a stylish element to an otherwise simple bikini.
Bandeau Bikini Tops
Bandeau-style bikini tops feature a wide swath of material across your chest, sometimes with a pinched or decorative center. The backs on a bandeau bikini top are typically one middle strap that is joined with the shoulder straps. These shoulder straps are often detachable so the wearer can avoid any strap tan lines. Variations include multi-tiered layers, fancy center embellishments, or straps that start below the bandeau and criss-cross in the back.
Tankinis hide your midsection and are almost universally flattering no matter your size or shape. These tops typically have a fitted bust area with a full front that covers the whole midsection and many come with very creative backs. Tankini tops can be halter or bandeau, sporty or sexy, plain or frilly. Most are also multifunctional, as you can pair them with shorts or skirts to have lunch or shop while you are at the beach.
Triangle Bikini Tops
The triangle bikini top became popular in the freewheeling ’60s and are the quintessential bikini. These cute bikini tops can range from itsy bitsy, teeny weeny versions to full coverage with underwires. The shoulder and back straps can be dental floss thin up to about an inch in width, with some newer versions having multiple straps that look really stunning from the back. Some have straps that criss-cross in varying ways that also add some drama to the back.
Sport Bikini Top
Sport bikini tops typically offer more coverage up front and support in the back, but don’t let that fool you, they can still be sexy and fun. Originally made for sportier endeavors while at the beach (surfing, volleyball, scuba/snorkeling, etc.), the fronts typically have more material above the chest, so you don’t fall out of your top while being active. (Think: sports bra.)
More recently, designers have added zippers to the front—giving you the option of adding cleavage if you so desire—and are adding in some fun shapes and decorative features to the front of these cute bikinis. The backs, however, are a different story. While razorback styles are typical of the sport bikini top, those razorbacks now come with perforations or cut-outs, adding some panache. Sport bikini backs can also be multi-strapped, T-strapped, halter, and a whole host of other styles.
One-Shoulder Bikini Top
These cute bikini tops are a nice change of pace. As the name indicates, these tops have only one shoulder strap but they come in a variety of styles, including some sexy asymmetrical styles. You can buy them with flounces, scalloped edges, and different fun straps. They are intriguing from the back, too!
Push-Up Bikini Tops
Most of the styles already mentioned here come in a push-up version. What this means is that there is extra padding in the lower outside quadrant of the cups. This padding forces the breasts up and in creating (additional) cleavage and typically making the wearer look bustier than reality would allow. Back variations on push-up bikini tops depend on the style.
Finding the Perfect Cute Bikini – Shopping Tips
Now it’s time to go out and find that perfect bikini. It’s always best to do this in person at a brick-and-mortar store rather than online, as sizes vary from style to style. Unless you know your size. If you frequently shop at Victoria’s Secret and you’re sure of your size then shop online.
When trying on cute bikini tops, always bring in your regular size as well as one size up and one size down; this will save you the time and hassle of constantly getting dressed to go in and out of changing rooms!
First and foremost, wear what you are comfortable in. Don’t go tiny if you are self-conscious, it will just be a waste of your money, no matter how cute the bikini is. If you’ve got a scar or a little tummy pooch that you want to hide, then go for a tankini and forget about those issues. Don’t let fashion dictate what you wear: be comfortable, happy, and at ease with the bikini top you buy. There are so many cute bikinis out there, you can surely find one that suits your needs.
Don’t worry about trends; the styles we mentioned above are classic and everlasting and you want to get several seasons out of your purchase.
If you are on a budget, try to get pieces that will mix and match to form different combinations. Stick with solid bottoms and colorful tops, for example.
If you are busty and want some support, you can opt for an underwire bikini or go with a bandeau style which can offer good coverage. Stay away from spaghetti straps and try and find something with a slightly wider strap.
If you have a small chest and want to appear bustier, push-up bras are like magic for giving the illusion of cleavage. Ruffles and embellishments are also good choices. And, if you want to own the body you were given, rock that teeny weeny string bikini!
If you are pear-shaped or have a short torso, you’ll want to bring the eyes up to your chest, so think fun, flirty, cleavage. Details and embellishments on your bikini top are also an added bonus.
Heavier on the bottom? Accentuate your top with bold colors, prints, and embellishments and keep your bikini bottom simple and solid in color.
O.K., time to get out there and find that rockin’ bikini that is perfect for you! I hope you liked these cute bikini tops and found the shopping tips helpful!
P.S. If you need some help on putting together outfits for the beach, make sure to check out my beach outfits guide!