Of course, bikinis are just a development of the swimsuit. The difference is that the bikini is a two-piece item with the stomach exposed, while the swimsuit has a stretch of material joining the top and bottom. However, describing the difference thus does not do justice to the difference. Fundamentally, the bikini is a very sexy item of clothing, while the swimsuit can look very dull and modest. Around 1855, the first swimsuits appeared, consisting of bloomers and black stockings, while drawers were added to prevent the problem of exposure.
The bikini was invented in 1946 and named after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, atomic bomb testing. The inventors were two Frenchmen, Jacques Heim, and Louis Reard. Of course, Heim and Read didn't create the idea of the bikini; drawings of bikini-like suits have been found on wall paintings dating back to 1600 B.C. The modern term “bikini” for a particular bathing suit design was first used by Heim and Reard (who were, in reality, the re-inventors of the bikini). Heim was a couturier designer from Cannes, France, who had designed a tiny bathing suit called the “Atome” (french for atom). He hired a skywriting plane to advertise his design by “Atome - the world's smallest bathing suit.” Three weeks later, Reard, a mechanical engineer, had another skywriting plane write, “Bikini - smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world.”
The thong, which is a further development along with the trend of reducing the amount of material a woman wears on the beach, is traced by fashion historians to its first public U.S. appearance at the 1939 World's Fair when New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia mandated that the city's nude dancers cover themselves. Fashion designer Rudi Gernreich has been credited with introducing the first thong bikini in 1974. Another reference states that thongs, originally called tangas, hit the beaches of Brazil in 1977.
Bikinis are now essential summer fashion items. Whether you are on the beach in California or the South of France, girls will be wearing a great variety of colorful numbers. You might think that the different styles available are limited with so little material to play with, but you would be mistaken. The following is a rough guide to the major types.
Bear in mind that there is a bikini for any shaped woman. That immediately increases the range of bikini styles enormously. However, these are the basics.
Wide-cut bottom. Back in those more prudish times, when girls wanted to keep their bottoms covered up, they would wear this style with comprehensive coverage across the bottom. Of course, nowadays, many bikinis in this style are simply see-through!
At the opposite end of the scale is this style. You are going nude in this one with nothing but a string running down your butt and a small patch of material at the front shaped like a teardrop. Naturally, the top is equally tiny, with a patch of material barely covering the nipples.
Like many women wear underwear to attain a smooth, panty-line free skirt look, the Thong has a minimum of material at the back so that the bottom is almost fully revealed. There are two main types, a full thong with a broader strip of fabric at the back and a string bikini with a tiny v-shape at the bottom. The most extreme has simply a string of cloth running between the buttocks. This is usually combined with a tiny bikini bra.
This very sexy bikini bottom has a very low-cut front and a larger triangle of material at the back. It can be matched with any style of the bikini top.
This style is all about the material used. A knitted crocheted fabric does not sound like an excellent bikini look, but this is a trendy style.