Tummy Control Panel: Tummy control usually consists of a close-knit mesh fabric that lines the inside of a swimsuit top and/or bottom to tighten up and shape loose body weight.
Halter: The halter is back! With its retro, sexy look, halters can be found in traditional one pieces, tankinis, and swimdresses. Halter style swimsuits have straps that tie around the neck extending from the front chest. Staying sexy by leaving your back bare, halters add an instant lift and support for your bust.
Princess Seam: Many one piece tank swimsuits and swimdresses are made with this type of seam which slims your torso and vertically shapes and streamlines the curves of your body to make your features look more attractive.
Empire Waist: Many one piece tank swimsuits and swimdresses are sewn with a waist line above the normal waist line usually right below the bust to create the illusion of length and camouflage a bottom-heavy figure or thick waist.
Cross Back: The cross back allows for easy shoulder movement and straps that open wide for easy on and off. Both regular swimmers and water aerobics lovers feel most comfortable in a cross back swimsuit because straps won't slip.
Chlorine Proof: Chlorine proof swimsuits are usually made from heavy Polyester fabric injected with tested chemicals to last 3 times longer than the normal swimsuit in terms of exposure to chlorine. Spending the extra few bucks here can really save you in the long run if you are a regular pool swimmer. Look for suits that are 100% Polyester.
Chlorine Resistant: Most swimsuits are now made with chlorine resistant fabric that resists fade and deterioration usually caused from exposure to chlorine chemicals. Most swimsuits are not specified as chlorine resistant but really are. Please note that chlorine resistant swimsuits are not as strong as chlorine proof swimsuits. Look for a high Polyester content.
Sheath: A classic one piece swimsuit with a tight drape over the front upper thighs. Great for a little extra thigh coverage.
Sarong Front: Adding the functionality of a sarong without an extra accessory, the sarong front swimsuit is a classic one piece tank swimsuit with an extension of fabric in the lower front of the swimsuit for added belly, thigh and upper leg coverage.
Surplice/Wrap: A surplice or wrap swimsuit is a one piece swimsuit with a fabric drape across the bust area that blends into the midsection of the swimsuit. It helps minimize and hide the stomach while taking a classic look and making it more sophisticated.
Bandeau: A retro classic one piece swimsuit without straps. Many do come with optional straps that fully detach.
Blouson: In order to make a tummy disappear or minimize a large chest, this one piece swimsuit has a loosely fitting tank top that connects at the waist.
Keyhole Back: With straps that extend around the back to clasp at the top of the neck, the keyhole back provides extra support for the upper back and neck and really benefits those regular swimmers.
Side-Shirred, Center-Shirred, & Shirring: When we refer to any of these keywords, we are referring to pleats in the swimsuit fabric that usually flatter or minimize the waist, midriff, or tummy.
Underwire Bra: This classic bra is usually made from shaped metal wiring that lies beneath the breasts to provide the strongest support a swimsuit bra can offer.
Soft Cup Bra: Offering just enough sleek support and coverage, the soft cup bra is the most commonly used bra in swimsuits.
V-neck: V-necks used in swimsuit styling tend to highlight the bust area by drawing attention upward and away from the tummy and waist. A very sly way to be sexy but not revealing!
Jogger: The jogger is a one piece swimsuit with shorts attached (usually made from 100% Nylon). The jogger is great for women who want a conservative look and want to keep their upper thighs and legs covered and comfortable. Works great for women involved in aquatic fitness and water aerobics.