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Are you ready to put on your bikini and hit the beach or pool? Putting on a bikini can be a little tricky. There isn't much fabric to work with, but it has to be in just the right place to keep you covered. Learn how to put on your bikini so it stays snug, as well as prep your body so you look and feel great in your swimwear.
Part 1Part 1 of 2:Putting On Your Bikini
- 1Get undressed from head to toe. Bikinis are meant to bare a lot of skin, so go ahead and get undressed. Remove your bra and underwear, too. Don't attempt to wear your bikini over underwear, since it will be nearly impossible to keep your underwear from peeking out when you're active at the beach or pool.
- 2Pull on the bikini bottoms. Bikini bottoms usually provide the same amount of coverage as bikini-style underwear. The top edge of the bikini bottoms should sit along your hips, crossing over each hip bone below your belly button. In the back, they should hug your bottom tightly. Depending on the style you're wearing, they'll provide either full or partial cheek coverage.XResearch source
- Your bikini bottoms should not sag or droop. If they feel loose, you need a smaller size.
- They also shouldn't cut into your skin and cause bulging. If they do, try a size up.
- 3Fasten the bikini top below your breasts. Put on the top as you would put on a bra, fastening the band around your chest first. It might help to put the top on backward so you can fasten the band in the front, then slide it around to position it correctly with the cups in the front.
- If it's a string bikini, first tie a tight knot, then tie the ends in a bow. Tie it so that the bikini will stay in place, but not so tight that it cuts off your circulation.
- If the band of your bikini top is loose enough to easily slip your hand through, either tie it tighter or go down a size. If it's so tight that you feel uncomfortable, go up a size.
- 4Adjust the cups. Rest your breasts right in the center of each cup, to keep them securely in place there. Make sure the fabric of the cups completely covers your breasts; if they feel tight, or your breasts and bulging out from the sides, you might want to go up a size. If they feel loose, try a size lower or choose a padded top. Here are the different types of bikini tops, and how to fasten them properly:
- Triangle top: This style provides the least amount of support and coverage, and it works best for smaller breasts. Make sure your breasts are positioned in the centers of the triangles. If your top has sliding triangles, slide them over your breasts to make sure the fabric covers your breasts entirely.
- Halter top: This style provides a more support, making it a good choice for bigger breasts. Position your breasts in the center of each cup, and stretch the cups around your breasts for maximum coverage.
- Bandeau top: This style is strapless, so make sure you choose the right size so that your top won't slide up or down. Adjust the top so that your breasts fit into the center of the cups. It should hug your chest quite firmly; if it sags or droops, you may need to go down a size or choose a different style top.
- Underwire top: This style is similar to a bra, and fits much the same way. Position the underwires so that they sit right beneath your breasts, then lower your breasts into the cups.
- 5Adjust the straps. It's important to adjust the straps so that they keep your bikini top secure and provide support for your breasts. You want the straps to be tight enough to hold your bikini top in place, but not so tight that they dig into your shoulders. Your bikini top should feel as comfortable as a bra.
- Adjust bra-style bikini straps just as you would regular bra straps. Use the plastic slides on the straps to loosen or tighten them.
- If the straps are strings you need to tie, it might take a few tries before you're able to tie the knots just right. They should be tight enough to provide support for your breasts, but not so tight they cut into your shoulders. Tie the ends of the strings into bows.
- Some bikini tops are styled as halters, with two strings that are tied right at the nape of your neck. Again, make sure you tie the strings tight enough to support your breasts without being uncomfortable.
- If you find that you aren't able to adjust the straps in a way that allows your breasts to be well-supported without causing pain in your shoulders or neck, you may need a different style top. Try a traditional bra-style top with an underwire for maximum support.
- 6Take a walk around the room to check for slipping and discomfort. Try skipping and jumping, too. You're going to be having fun in the sun, and you don't want to have to worry about your breasts coming loose or your bikini bottoms slipping down. Make adjustments where necessary so you can wear your bikini confidently all day long.
Part 2Part 2 of 2:Wearing it Comfortably
- 1Consider removing hair around your bikini line. It might help you feel more confident to know that no hairs will poke out from your bikini bottoms as you're laying out in the sun or swimming in your bikini. Trimming and shaving is a popular way to do it, since it's inexpensive and not painful. You can also consider waxing the area if you plan ahead.
- To figure out what hair to remove, put on your bikini bottoms and check out the hair that pokes out around the edges. You want to remove enough hair so that your bottoms adequately cover everything that's left.
- Some people also like to remove leg and armpit hair to feel bikini ready.
- 2Exfoliate your skin. Since wearing a bikini involves showing off your skin, you might want to baby it a little a day or two before it's time to hit the beach or pool. In the bath or shower, use a loofah or exfoliating scrub to exfoliate your arms, legs and everything in between. This will get rid of dry skin and give you a healthy glow.
- Use gentle circular motions to exfoliate your skin, rather than scrubbing too hard.
- Don't forget your back and other hard to reach areas. Use a scrub brush to get to the places you can't easily reach.
- 3Use a rich moisturizer. After exfoliating, apply your favorite moisturizing lotion to protect your skin from drying out. Your skin will be soft and gleaming when it's time to put on your bikini. As an alternative to moisturizer, try coconut or olive oil to soften your skin.XResearch source
- 4Don't forget your sunscreen. Wearing a bikini means using a lot of sunscreen, since most of your body will be exposed to the sun's rays. Apply sunscreen with SPF 16 or higher five to ten minutes before going out into the sun, and reapply as necessary throughout the day. Wearing plenty of sunscreen will prevent you from ending up with a painful burn and provide protection against sun spots and skin cancer.
- Try waterproof sunscreen if you're going to be swimming. You'll still need to reapply it more than once throughout the day.
- If you're trying to get a tan, you should still wear sunscreen. Sunscreen prevents you from getting burned, but it doesn't completely stop the sun from affecting your skin. It's much better to get a gradual tan than to get burned first.
- 5Take along a coverup. You may not feel like being exposed to the sun and other elements the entire time you're at the beach or pool. Bring along a cute coverup you can throw over your bikini whenever you want. As a bonus, it will protect your skin from the sun, so you won't have to worry about slathering your entire body in sunscreen when you wear it.
- QuestionDoes a bandeau bikini have straps?Community AnswerThey tend to be optional to remove. They can come with them, not come with them at all, or commonly, be removable.
- QuestionCould I wear a bikini instead of underwear?Community AnswerWearing it normally is probably not a good idea, because many swimsuits have darker and brighter colors and patterns that may show through clothes.
- QuestionCan I go to a party without a top?Community AnswerIf you have the bikini top on at least, then you don't necessarily need a shirt on top of that depending on the party.
- QuestionHow do I insert a pad in this panty?It is usually not recommended to use pads when wearing a bikini. If your pad has those wings that fold over the bikini bottom, they are visible, which most women find an uncomfortable thought. The same goes for if your pad is relatively thick: it will be visible that you're wearing a pad. However, it is perfectly normal that you use these, so you can use pads if you want to. Just remember to not go swimming with pads, that will lead to a mess. If you want to swim on your period, consider using tampons instead of pads.
- QuestionCan I be totally naked at a party?Community AnswerThat depends on whether or not the host is okay with people skinny-dipping. I don't recommend just taking off your clothes without asking first.
- QuestionCan I show my boobs at a pool party?Community AnswerIt depends all on who is at the party and if there will be photos taken. If someone takes a photo of you in a bikini with your boobs showing, and the most important person in your life happens to see it (boss, parents, school teacher, spouse, etc.), would you want them to see that?
- QuestionCan men wear women's bikinis?Community AnswerYes, but you may want to try it on before buying it to make sure it fits correctly.
- QuestionWhat size bikini will I need?Community AnswerYour bikini will usually be the same size as your underwear, but you can try multiple sizes on.
- QuestionHow do I hand wash a bikini?Community AnswerJust put in in a sink or large washing bowl and pour in some liquid laundry detergent. Then scrub it until it is clean. Then rinse and hang it out to dry. Some bikinis require certain detergents because they are more delicate, so make sure to read the labels on the bikini.
- QuestionWhat if the bottom string untied and someone saw and laughed?It's OK, it happens sometimes. Just tie it back up and shrug it off. Bikini makers are keenly aware that their bikinis' main function is to stay on no matter what the circumstances, so they make them really well and these accidents don't happen very often. But if they do, it's only a moment; fix it, focus on something else, forget about it.