Bikini Bottom Fit Guide

When searching for the perfect swimsuit, the question that always comes up is: how should swimsuit bottoms fit? A secure bikini bottom fit doesn’t have to be a mystery. There are a variety of cuts, ranging from full coverage to Brazilian, to find the one that works best for you. Nothing’s worse than having to tug on your bottoms to get them to stay in place or feeling self-conscious because they don’t feel right. We’ve created this guide to help you settle on the perfect fit(s) for your next sexy designer bikini.

First, you must update your measurements regularly in order to select the right size. They may fluctuate from season to season. An ill-fitted suit is never flattering, and it takes hardly any time to make sure your measurements are accurate. 

Next, you’ll want to choose your optimal cut. This involves deciding how comfortable you are with showing more skin. If you dare to bare, then a Brazilian cut is right for you, while a classic, full coverage bikini bottom still delivers beautiful swimsuit options. And, if you’re still undecided, a cheeky bottom cut gives you an in-between style that offers the best of both worlds.

From there, it’s all about the details: color, style, details, and accessories. Are you drawn to neutral colors or do you want a bright pattern to be your next swimsuit pick? Do you prefer bottoms that sit lower on the hips or do high waisted style bikinis seal the deal for you? Having a general idea of what you like will help to narrow down your choices and find the best bikini bottoms.

Selecting the Right Size

Simply stand with your feet together and wrap a measuring tape along the fullest part of your hip and rear. This will help you secure your perfect fit so the bottoms you select will fit snugly without feeling too tight. Match your measurements to the swimsuit size guide for both tops and bottoms. You know you’ve sized it right if your swimsuit bottom lies flat for a seamless look.

Picking Your Optimal Cut

From there, you can decide whether you want full, standard, flattering Brazilian, or low-rise, cheeky coverage. If you want additional versatility, choose a swimsuit bottom with adjustable strings. You can tighten or loosen as needed. Also, consider if you like high-waisted bottoms or if you prefer a swimsuit that sits lower on the hips. Each type of bikini cut is designed to highlight certain areas of the body and conceal others.

Opting for High-Quality Materials

A women’s swimsuit made with high-quality materials is more likely to hold its shape over time. Cheaper, flimsy materials start to lose their threading after a few uses or become sheer with regular wear, which no longer makes them a good fit. By choosing from bikini collections that are well-crafted, you can feel confident that the fit will remain intact.

Classic Bikini Bottoms Offer Fuller Coverage

You can never go wrong with a classic, which is what is offered with a fuller coverage bikini bottom. They are the go-to for any occasion, whether it’s a day lounging by the pool or engaging in sports activities on the beach. With this cut, choose from adjustable ties or a banded waist to provide extra support. There’s also the option of beading or other detailed work to elevate this everyday swimsuit bottom to another level of fashion. 

How should swimsuit bottoms fit if there’s fuller coverage? A classic bikini bottom should fit securely on the rear without riding up or leaving an imprint. A fit that’s too tight will feel uncomfortable and may irritate the skin. On the other hand, a loose fitting bottom will sag and stretch out. You want to be able to move freely without restriction. It’s an ideal match for a pear shape or apple body shape to help slim and shape the lower body, while drawing attention to the upper portion. A couple of our favorites include the Red Pepper Paula Bikini and the Tulip Bia Tube Bikini. 

Paula Bikini

Opt for an eye-catching color in the Paula collection. The halter top with the full bottom is the perfect blend of coverage that offers a classy appeal with a flirty twist. The knot and bead details sit low on the hips and make up the halter top as well. This universally flattering style is an instant must-have for those who want to shake up their swimwear wardrobe with a bikini that’s red hot.

Bia Tube Bikini

The Bia Tube Bikini adds 24K gold sliding hardware while offering a flattering fit. The full coverage bottom has a seamless banded style, ideal for an apple body shape, since it creates a sleeker silhouette. It helps to define the waist without digging into the stomach. Additionally, thicker straps and an adjustable back tie provides extra support. 

Brazilian Bikini Bottoms Deliver a Flattering Fit

Brazilian bikini bottoms are one of the most popular women’s swimsuit styles. With minimal coverage on the rear, this cut is best worn for leisurely activities like sun tanning and boating to avoid exposing more skin than intended. Wearing this sexy and sophisticated option exudes confidence. It may not be your first choice for every occasion, but it’s the perfect swimsuit for an island getaway or a relaxing day laying by the pool. 

How should swimsuit bottoms fit for a Brazilian bikini? The fit for a Brazilian bikini bottom should feel snug. Swimsuit choices with tie sides help to create a customized fit if you need to tighten or loosen the strings at any time. Hourglass figures and Brazilian bikini bottoms go hand-in-hand. The style plays up curves while remaining tastefully sexy and alluring. Overall, the look of a Brazilian bikini is classy and carefree with a flirty edge. 

Ripple Triangle Bikini

For a flirty and feminine look, the Ripple Triangle Bikini focuses on detail and 24K gold hardware bar to make this a one-of-a-kind swimsuit style. The peony-inspired design paired with a pale pink background has a sweetly soft appeal. Additionally, the ruffled edges at the top and Brazilian bottom add texture to highlight hourglass body shapes.

Bandeau Bikini

A Bandeau Bikini embodies summertime and sunny weather. The Brazilian bottom can be adjusted to be worn high or lower on the hip to maximize curves or minimize the waist as desired. When paired with a bandeau bikini top, its unique design provides extra coverage than the average Brazilian bikini while staying flirty and fun.

Cheeky Bikini Bottoms Provide a Happy Medium

If you’re undecided whether you want to go full Brazilian but want less coverage than a full cut, cheeky bikini bottoms are your happy medium. When comparing cheeky vs. brazilian bikini bottoms, cheeky allows you to show off your curves in a comfortable way with additional material in place. This style is ideal for highlighting a muscular rear for athletic body types or to create the illusion of shapely curves for a rectangular body shape. 

Shaye Tri T-Back Bikini 

The breezy allure of the Shaye Tri T-Back Bikini delivers a look that’s fresh and modern. The low-rise cheeky bottom and tie sides offer a sultry and sophisticated appeal that’s timeless. Brighten up your next beach day with this beautiful bikini. 

Tie Sides and High Leg Bikini Bottoms

In addition to the coverage on the rear, details like tie sides and high leg bikini bottoms also make a difference. Swimsuits that have tie sides allow for flexibility in sizing with their adjustability. This will help you to secure your most ideal fit. If you’re in search of bathing suits that make you look slimmer, a high leg bikini bottom helps to elongate the legs and draws the attention down. 

Many times, swimsuits will have both a tie side and high leg available for its bottom choices. However, there are also the options of high-waisted bottoms, low-rise, hipster bottoms, or ruching or banded bottoms as well. Each of these styles offers up a different look and are typically available in full, cheeky, or Brazilian coverage, depending on your preference.

Sizing Up the Right Bikini Bottoms

Choosing the right fit for your swimsuit starts with finding your true size. Then, consider the type of bottom cut you’re most comfortable with wearing. Is skin exposure a concern for you or are ready to flaunt your shape? Features like tie sides and ruching details make a difference and highlight areas of your body you want to flaunt the most. Finally, selecting the color and patterns you like best will result in your ultimate bathing suit.

As you learn and are inspired about what style of swimwear looks best on you, you may want to start to shake things up and be bold with a Brazilian bottom cut or go retro with a high waisted style. Swimsuit fashion is as expressive as any other type of clothing and with so many options available, there’s no reason to limit yourself to only one style. As long as you have the right fit and feel comfortable and confident, we recommend trying a heavy rotation of fresh and modern swimsuit styles.