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by Shaylie Foley July 27, 2018 7 min read

Thong Bikini, Thong Swimsuit

As women’s fashion trends veer toward more scandalous, revealing pieces, thong bikinis are becoming much more popular as standard summer swimwear styles. While few women would even think to flaunt their backside in a thong bikini at a public beach or pool a decade or so ago, thong bikini styles now tend to be the rule rather than the exception. While some public pools, beaches, and lakes still frown upon thong swimwear, most have abandoned their “No Thongs” rules and begun to embrace the scandalous swimsuit that has been thrust into the spotlight by sexy style icons like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

Thong bikinis aren’t just for celebrities. Believe it or not, you can wear a thong bikini on the beach and feel sexy and confident at the same time. If you’re interested in rocking a thong bikini yourself, take advantage of this guide to help you choose the best on-trend thong bikini style for your body and keep your motivation high by learning about the many benefits of wearing a thong bikini this summer.


Thong Bikini Styles

There are many different thong bikini styles, each of which are designed to fit and flatter different figures to help women of every body type, shape, and size feel sexy and confident in scandalous swimwear. Keep reading to learn more about a few of the most popular—and most stylish and flattering—thong bikini styles of this season.


Tanga Bikini

The tanga bikini style offers a twist on the classic thong bikini cut. Tanga bikini bottoms are slightly more conservative than traditional thong bikinis, but they still show off plenty of skin for a sexy, flattering finish.

Tanga bikini bottoms offer cheeky thong coverage in the back with a small triangle of stretchy spandex material that clings to your skin to fit and flatter your curves. The front and back of tanga bottoms are connected by a string or narrow strip of spandex, and the front offers coverage for your private areas with another small triangle of material.


Brazilian Thong Bikini

The Brazilian thong bikini is the most popular thong bikini cut this season. These bikinis are super sexy and offer enough coverage to make you feel comfortable without covering up too much skin. Plus, Brazilian thong bikinis are very flattering. They hold their shape well and don’t sag at all in the back, thereby eliminating the risk of dreaded “diaper butt” that stems from loose bikini bottoms bagging around your rear.

Defining the Brazilian thong cut can be somewhat confusing, as it is very similar to the traditional tanga thong style. Brazilian thong bikinis have a cheeky cut. They usually feature a narrow waistband—but not a string—that is cut high up on your hips. These bikinis feature a small triangle of material in front and back that offers the perfect amount of coverage in front and creates a sexy, comfortable cheeky cut in the back.


Micro Bikini

Micro bikinis are the most scandalous thong bikini style. Out of all the thong bikini styles on the market, micro bikinis offer the least coverage and show off the barest skin. These ultra-revealing bikinis feature two tiny triangles in front and back connected by a thin string. They cover the absolute minimum amount of skin required to be still considered legally decent.

It takes a lot of courage to wear a micro thong bikini. Micro bikinis are not even allowed at many public pools and beaches because of how revealing they are. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a micro bikini in public, you can still rock this scandalous style to swim in your hot tub or pool or to tan without fear of tan lines in your backyard.


String Thong Bikini

String thong bikinis are just bikinis with a thong cut that are connected by a string rather than a strip of material. That means that the waistband of these bikini styles is exceptionally narrow, which makes the entire bikini more revealing when combined with its thong-cut back.

The majority of thong bikinis are string bikinis. The design of a string bikini complements the skimpy back of classic thong bikinis to create a sexy style that looks streamlined and balanced.


G-String Bikini

Although their names sound almost the same, there are key differences between the G- string and string bikini styles.

While string thong bikinis refer to any bikini with a thong cut and a string waistband, G- string bikinis have a super revealing thong cut that includes only a string between your buttocks instead of a more modest triangle of material. Like string bikinis, G-string bikini styles usually feature a narrow string waistband and a small triangle of material in front.


Micro Scrunch Bikini

Micro scrunch bikinis put an additional sexy twist on the classic micro bikini. These scandalous bikinis feature the same itsy-bitsy back of traditional micro bikinis. They offer minimal coverage and feature tiny triangles of materials in the front and back that are usually connected by a narrow string.

The material of micro scrunch bikini styles is ruched and gathered in the back to enhance your hips, accentuate your waist, and draw extra attention to your backside. This gathered material also helps add balance to your rear end and draw attentionawayfrom any flaws or imperfections.


Why Wear a Thong Bikini

Thong bikinis are incredibly revealing, and wearing such a scandalous swimwear style —especially out in public—is intimidating for many women. No matter what your body looks like, you can rock a thong bikini.

If you need a little extra encouragement before you’re ready to strut the shoreline in a thong bikini style, here are five reasons why you should gather your courage and wear a thong bikini this summer.


1. Flatter Your Figure

Contrary to popular belief, thong bikinis are not just for supermodel bodies like the ultra- slim figures of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. These scandalous bikini bottoms are flattering for a wide variety of figures.

Celebrities with curvier figures—like Kim Kardashian West and Ariel Winters—have also been known to rock thong bikinis in magazine spreads and on their vacays. While thong bikinis look different on these women with larger backsides than they do on tiny-reared models like Kendall Jenner, they look equally as sexy. By showing off as much skin as they do, thong bikinis are actually surprisingly forgiving and effortlessly flatter a diverse range of figures from tiny and thin to curvy and voluptuous.

Of course, thousands of other ordinary women with bodies of all types, shapes, and sizes —that are usually less trim and toned than those of the prominent celebrities mentioned above—also brave the beaches in sexy thong swimwear, and you can too. Experiment with different thong bikini styles to find the one that fits and flatters your unique figure best and makes you feel confident without feeling like you need to change your body.


2. Avoid Tan Lines

There are few things more frustrating than returning home from a day at the beach or a few hours out tanning by the pool and discovering stark, noticeable tan lines around your backside in the shape of the swimwear you wore that day.

Thong bikinis help you avoid tan lines altogether. In ultra-revealing bikini bottoms, you can effortlessly achieve the even, natural-looking bronzed skin of your dreams. Just be sure to apply sunscreeneverywherewhen you put on a thong bikini to protect your backside from harsh, damaging UV rays. Although it might eventually transform into a golden tan, a nasty sunburn on your rear should never be your end goal.


3. Fade Flaws

Have you ever noticed that flaws in your skin are more noticeable on your backside? That’s because stretch marks, cellulite, and other natural physical imperfections are more clearly visible on areas of your skin that don’t get much sun exposure. Unless you’ve always worn thong bikinis, your rear end is likely one of the few areas of your body that rarely sees the sun.

Wearing a thong bikini not only helps you become more comfortable with your flaws, it helps them disappear. Exposing your rear end to the sun when you tan in a thong bikini outside can significantly fade spots and stretch marks and decrease the visibility of cellulite. Just make sure to always apply sunscreen to your backside before exposing it to the sun in a thong bikini. Sun damage will only create more flaws, not fade them.


4. Stay in Style

Thong bikinis are among the most on-trend modern swimwear styles. Brazilian cut thongs are the most popular bikini bottom style this season, and alternative thong styles are not much lower on the trend charts.

The bottom line is, it’s tough to find a thong bikini that isn’t trendy. If you want to keep up with swimwear trends, you definitely can’t go wrong with any of the thong bikini styles detailed in this post.


5. Embrace Your Body

Thong bikini styles do not allow you to hide your body. In fact, these ultra-revealing bikini styles put way more of your bare skin on display than you’re probably accustomed to showing to the world. Showing so much skin is naturally nerve-wracking for many women, especially those who are used to relying on more conservative swimwear to conceal their physical insecurities.

When you wear a thong bikini, there’s no way to hide your natural bodily “imperfections.” Cellulite and stretch marks on your hips and backside can’t be concealed in a revealing thong bikini, but not being able to hide every little thing you don’t love about your body can turn out to be a positive thing.

While working up the courage to dare to wear a thong bikini can be difficult, rocking thong swimwear can do wonders for your body confidence. Wearing a thong bikini teaches you that you don’t have to hide your body, even the parts of it that make you feel insecure or unattractive. After you overcome initial nerves and feelings of insecurity, rocking a thong bikini can boost your self-confidence and help you remind yourself— and others—that your body is beautiful and sexy enough to show off proudly just the way it is.

Shaylie Foley
Shaylie Foley

Shaylie Foley is an author and a fashion expert at HauteFlair. She writes to inspire and educate readers on women's fashion and lifestyle topics. With over 6 years of writing experience, Shaylie brings a vast amount of knowledge, style, and skill to her work

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