Bandeau swimsuits are a design classic. Since the 1940s they have been among the best and most loved design in the world of swimwear. Their distinguishing feature is that they are cut straight across the top, fitting like a wide band around the bust. They are entirely strapless and are often called strapless swimsuits. Sometimes we see a slight variation in the contour of the neckline with a dip in the cleavage known as a sweetheart neckline. Although most bandeaus are strapless by default, some do come with optional straps.
Why Do We Love Bandeau Swimsuits?
The beauty of a bandeau swimsuit is that their lack of shoulder straps means minimal tan lines. Optional halter straps can offer the support that you lack from a bandeau once you have cultivated a bit of a tan though, so they are quite versatile too. With these halter straps, a bandeau swimsuit provides good support with and helps give you a little extra cleavage. Strapless swimsuits offer you the freedom to choose between the best of both worlds. In addition, quality bandeau swimsuits often come fitted with hidden support resulting in swimwear that is supportive on the inside with a smooth silhouette on the outside.
Variations On The Bandeau Style
There seems to have been a huge upsurge in the popularity of skirtinis recently, probably because they are so flattering. The glamorous 1940's silhouette of the bandeau, fits perfectly with a skirted bottom of a skirtini. They have a retro look to them that would suit the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time where fashion was marked indelibly for decades to come. Some strapless swimsuits have a twist effect at the centre of the cleavage which enhances the bust. The band across the bustline lends itself perfectly to being extended around the arms to achieve a Bardot look. Whichever style you go for, the one unifying trend seems to be the classic vintage look. If you're looking for a swimsuit with a touch of Hollywood glamour, reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe's era, a bandeau swimsuit is what you need.