Summer is finally here, meaning it's time to freak out and buy shit loads of bikinis that you will wear during your one-week holiday in Spain and then never again for a whole year. Yay!
More than ever, navigating the mine-field that is swimwear shopping is an exhausting and confusing experience.
You only have to watch one episode of Love Island, see so many different kinds of bikini that you don't know what's real any more, and decide to give up on the whole thing altogether.
Add to that the makeover bikini bottoms have had this year, namely in the rear-end department, and it might be time to swat up on the styles you need to know about next time you go shopping.
Low-rise: Bikini bottoms which are low at the front, usually on, or below, the hip bone.
High leg: You can thank the Kardashian/Jenners for making the super high-rise, above the hip bone, Baywatch-style bikini bottom cut a trend.
High waist: Bikini bottoms that sit on the natural waist, over the hips. They can either be low-leg for higher coverage or high-leg for a more contemporary feel.
Tie-side: Bikini bottoms that are tied together at the sides. Often low-to-medium-rise in the popular bikini 'triangle', offering medium coverage at the back.
Hipster: Hipster bikini bottoms hug the hips with a thick-ish band, generally sit medium-to-low-rise and have slightly less than full coverage on the bum.
E.g. Side mesh hipster bottoms, £11.81, Victoria's Secret.
Shorts/Full coverage: Short briefs offer the most coverage both at the rear, and around the bikini line.
Classic brief: In-between the cheeky cut and the boy shorts, the classic brief offers good coverage over the bum, similar to knicker briefs.
Cheeky: cut at the back with just a little more coverage than a thong bikini, these cheeky bottoms do what they say on the tin.
Thong: this is the ultimate bikini bottom for those who want to get their cheeks as tanned as their tummies. Minimum coverage, full exposure.
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