The final installation of our swimsuit guide covers the many types of swimsuit bottoms.
Some of the most common swimsuit bottom styles are described below:
1. Boy Short: Bottom that is usually cut low on the thigh and looks a bit like a boy's pair of short shorts. Flattering only on women with narrow hips and small back sides, this cut usually makes the back side look larger than it actually is.
2. Brazilian Cut: Bottom that is cut skimpier than a traditional hipster or double tie-side and shows much of the back side; offering less than moderate coverage. Can be found in Double Tie-Side, Hipster and Single Tie-Side shapes and is flattering on smaller women.
3. Cheeky: Bottom that is usually cut a little lower on the thigh than a traditional hipster or double tie-side but is slightly cut out in the back so the back side is not completely covered. A modern take on the Boy Short, this style is flattering on most women.
4. Double tie-side: Bottom that has strings at the hips on each side that tie. Ties can be thick or thin. A true double-tie side bottom does not have ties sewn in place. The most flattering bottom style as it is fully adjustable.
5. Hipster: Bottom that most resembles women's panties. Pulls on with no adjustment necessary. Sides can be thick or thin, can be high or low waisted, with rings or other embelishments. Best for women with smaller, narrow hips.
6. Single Tie - Side: Bottom that has strings at the hips on one side that tie. Ties can be thick or thin. A true single tie-side bottom does not have ties sewn in place. One of the most flattering bottom styles as it is adjustable.
7. Thong: Bottom that has very little fabric covering the backside. Recognizable because the fabric forms a Y shape in back and offers no coverage. Worn by only the most confident of women and usually at beaches outside the United States.
8. Tonga: Bottom is bigger than a Brazilian and smaller than a traditional Hipster or Tie-Side. Can be a single tie-side, double tie-side, hipster or cheeky bottom. It is usually more flattering than a Brazilian cut bottom.