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Your ultimate bikini dictionary

Looking to strip down to the bare minimum or cover up as much as you can? There’s a –kini for every shade of prude

brunch Updated: May 14, 2016 20:17 IST
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Looking to strip down to the bare minimum or cover up as much as you can? There’s a –kini for every shade of prude

The monokini

Also called a topless swimsuit or a unikini, it is just the lower half of a bikini (the panty portion) sold separately to mix and match or for use on a topless beach.

The microkini

(istock)

The skimpiest two-piece of them all. This two-piece will cover just your crotch and nipples, leaving your butt and side of breasts exposed. A favourite among sunbathers.

The trikini

(istock)

Dolce & Gabbana’s 2005 attempt to make the bikini even racier, this one comes in three pieces: each side of the top is a separate item meant to be tied or stuck on to stay in place

The bandini/bandeaukini

(istock)

A two piece swimsuit that is bare on the shoulders like a bandeau top or a single band running horizontally to cover the chest.

The string bikini

(istock)

Scantier, more revealing than a regular bikini it substitutes strings instead of straps to hold up the top and secure the sides of the bottom

The fauxkini

(istock)

The one that looks like it’s a two-piece but is actually a single garment. Frills, loose tops and hidden seams give the impression of two separate pieces

The tankini

(istock)

Regular bikini bottoms with varying levels of coverage, coupled with a tank top that covers the midriff

The sling bikini

(istock)

The one piece that exposes your hips and side while still offering the coverage of a bikini. The waistline of the bottom extends upwards, covering the breasts to fasten behind the neck in a halter style

The skirtini

(istock)

Your bikini top with a skirt bottom with panties underneath, often skirt length can cover anything from just the hips to mid-thigh.

The burkini

(burkini)

The most modest swimwear, the two piece comes full sleeved, covers the midriff ankles, and back but is still light enough to swim in. Many designs also include a headscarf to shield the face.

From HT Brunch, May 15, 2016

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