How to Wear a Bandeau Bathing Suit

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How to Wear a Bandeau Bathing Suit
Bandeau (Photo by random Coney Island beachgoer)

The bandeau swimming costume remains a popular swimwear staple. This type of suit features a tubelike top, often strapless, which can cover the bust straight across or have a peekaboo hole, charms, shells or other details in the centre of the top. Even though some bandeau suits come with straps, they offer only a tad more support than those without. Several steps---and a massive dose of confidence---will help you pull off a bandeau swimming costume.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Make sure you have the proper body type. Bandeau swimming costumes offer little support in the bust area, meaning anyone who needs lots of support should opt for a different style. Bandeau suits are often very unforgiving and show off every curve. This also means they also show off every bulge. Best body types for a bandeau suit would be a B cup or smaller and a sleek, muscular shape.

  2. 2

    Pick the style. Choices include the bandeau bikini, bandeau one-piece suit or bandeau with cut-outs. The latter features a bandeau top and bikini-type bottoms usually held together with a strip down the centre between the two or other fabric featuring cut-out holes or designs in the side or other areas. Some may include side or centre tie straps attached to the top, while others will be strapless. Cut-out styles are the least forgiving by far.

  3. 3

    Get the right fit. Bandeau suits are tricky because you need a snugger fit up top than with traditional suits. Make sure the top fully covers the bust and stays in place even without any straps attached. Once the top is secure, any straps can be used to fine-tune the fit, but they should not be the main reason the bandeau is staying in place.

  4. 4

    Test to see if the bandeau style is right for you. If you've opted for a bandeau with peek-a-boo cutouts, especially in the centre of the bust, make sure no body parts shift as you twist, turn, bend and reach. The breasts should be fully covered, with none peeking out under the armpit, top or bottom of the bandeau.

Tips and warnings

  • Select a colour and pattern. Solid, dark colours may be the most boring, but they can also look the sleekest. Decide if you need a dark colour or pattern to help mask any imperfections, such as a heavy hip area.
  • Make sure the bottom portion of the suit also fits and fully covers the rear end.
  • Elastic should never dig into or pucker the skin.

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