The swimsuit has come a long way since the Victorians crept timidly from their changing cabins drawn by horses, straight into the sea practically fully clothed in costumes that concealed everything. The svelte, form-flattering descendants of those bulky garments are constantly evolving, allowing women to enjoy the sun on their skin and the water enveloping them, whether in the pool or on the beach.
With increasing leisure time and the irresistible pull every summer of both ocean and swimming pool, most women are forced annually to review their swimsuit stash. Swimwear, no matter how greatly loved or cared for, begins to lose some of its tautness in time, and simply has to be replaced.
The monokini is arguably the most shape-enhancing of all the swimsuit styles on the market. Derived from the all-pervasive bikini with its decidedly separate halves, the monokini brings about a union of top and bottom with some very desirable results to create a hot look. While many stores still restrict their swimwear selection to bikinis and conventional one-pieces, monokinis can be found in the bigger clothing shops, especially those with a younger clientele. Some specialist lingerie retailers stock monokinis, as do many department stores, and more trendy chains. Online, there are plentiful sources of monokinis, in particular the online auction website, eBay. Before women purchase a monokini they should understand the benefits of a monokini, and know the types, colours, and patterns of monokini available.
Why Choose a Monokini?
Habitual bikini wearers are familiar with the fear that either the top or bottom may come off when bathing. The monokini completely eliminates this risk; aquatic frolics, including diving, can be enjoyed without anxiety when clad in a monokini. On the other hand, a drawback that affects some sun worshipping wearers is the imprint than can result when sun tanning, the monokini leaving its outlines in a rather more intrusive way than occurs with a bikini.
Monokinis, while they may be seen as an alternative to the bikini, are equally capable of being regarded as cutaway one-piece swimsuits, and hence, as an enticing and more daring departure for the woman who customarily attires herself in a one-piece.
Types of Monokini
Webbing, mesh, lacework, chains, gold or silver hoops, gems, and metallic trim are just a few of the added adornments that make a large number of monokinis destined far more for the poolside than for the water. Many monokinis take the concept of sexiness up a notch with daring cutaways that are only made possible by the fact that the briefs, by being attached, stay up.
The Padded Monokini
While natural, body-hugging monokinis are preferred by some women, others enjoy the boost that their shape gets when they slip into a padded monokini. With a slim foam insert in each of its two triangular cups padding the garment to give the breasts their extra fullness, and the cutaway sides that characterise the monokini silhouette, the illusion of a larger bust is complete. The final enhancement is push-up style inserted pads, which give the contrasting illusion of a slimmer waist and hips. Often the design makes adding optional padding possible by including a small vented opening inside each cup through which pads may be inserted or removed.
The Push-up Padded Monokini
Going one better than its padded stablemate, the push-up padded monokini usually comprises underwiring to add thrust to the padded cups. Corrosion-proof slim metal half-circles sit inside the fabric along the join where cup meets swimsuit. The padding is shaped to include boosting bumps that give the bust some elevation. A hit with women who wear a C-cup bra or smaller, a push-up padded monokini sits less well on bigger-bosomed ladies, who may benefit from a monokini that is merely underwired.
The Halter Monokini
Just as the halter-neck is a very popular style for one-piece swimsuits, similarly, at least half of all monokinis adhere to this design. A plus point is the fact that a halter neck, designed either to tie or be clipped together at the back of the neck, is easily released and then fastened once more. This helps to remove the hassle from topless sunbathing.
A point in their favour is that halter monokinis can give good cleavage enhancement by drawing the breasts upwards. However, larger-breasted women can find the weight tending to drag on their necks and may find conventional straps a better alternative.
The String Tie Monokini
A popular design of monokini, the string tie monokini involves thin cords, sometimes termed "bootlace straps", serving to tie the halter-neck, even if the fabric that initially rises to the neck is broader. Often matching these is a similar pair on each hip, forming the sides of the briefs and giving them a tantalising fragility. The theme is sometimes carried over to the middle of the monokini’s front section where the lacing theme is repeated.
The Strapless Monokini
Taking the monokini to ever-more exotic lengths is the strapless monokini. With or without push-up technology, this monokini is normally a padded version. The design relies on a good strong back band and is easily worn by women with smaller busts. On the other hand, not strictly strapless is the balcony-style monokini that has two thin straps radiating up from the central point of the cleavage and tying at the back of the neck.
The Plunge Monokini
Most daring of all, perhaps, is the plunge monokini with its deep V-design, allowing for maximum suggestiveness and exposing the skin down to the navel or even lower. For those confident about their bodies, it is a surefire winner. In some designs the V-section has eyelets with lacing, which is optionally left loose or can be pulled tight and tied at the breastbone for a pulled-together look. Another similar style is the ladder front monokini where thin fabric or metal bands fill the open V.
Colours and Patterns
With monokinis, there is truly no end to the mind-boggling possibilities where colour and pattern are concerned. From Union Jack monokinis to wet look metallic finishes, manufactures of this item of swimwear have inexhaustible reserves of ingenuity, it seems.
The monokini in a solid colour has the advantage of being all about its shape, with nothing to distract the eye. Bold, strongly-saturated reds and pinks emphasise the wearer’s curves, and aquatic shades of blue and turquoise acknowledge the "swim" in swimwear. Plain black flatters all but those with the most pallid skin and is known as the sexiest shade, but it is sometimes better teamed with flashes of white or with chain detailing, such as gold chain halter straps, for example, or chains on the sides of the thighs, keeping together the monokini’s briefs.
Two-tone designs, abstract patterns, and splashy florals are all available, but only for the bold is the animal print monokini, a particularly attention-grabbing choice.
Buying a Monokini on eBay
Online monokini shopping has the huge advantage of taking the timidity out of the operation. Where high street shopping can provoke feelings of pressure, haste, and possibly embarrassment, the home-based eBay buyer can relax her inhibitions. This allows for browsing intently and in an unflustered way that enables you to select the item you really fancy, not one that sales staff would have you buy.
Shopping on eBay, no time is wasted in tracking down the swimwear selection, a department that in actual shops can be hard to find. After entering your chosen search terms and size, examine closely the differences between your shortlisted monokinis. Note, for instance, the width of the monokini’s front panel. A wide panel serves to conceal a sizeable amount of tum, ensuring that operation scars, stretch marks and bulges are not on show; a narrow strip shows off well-toned flesh and resembles a joined-together bikini, rather than a cut-away one-piece.
Besides the possibility of unwanted tan lines after wear, another aspect to consider is how flat the vertical front panel is against the wearer’s abdomen. Beware a monokini with a strip that detaches itself and curves outwards. Buying a size that is too big can result in this bowing effect. With eBay buying, you can ask the seller specific questions to ascertain measurements, for instance, from gusset to the central V of the monokini, then compare the answer with your own body measurements.
A great incentive to women to get trim in time for their beach holidays, a colourful monokini, which can come in a surprisingly diverse range of cuts and shapes, sets off sun-kissed skin to great advantage. There is nothing to stop the shopper from starting with a more modest monokini, which having a broader front section, still leaves almost as much skin covered as does a one-piece. There are huge advantages; firstly, the rear view, which frankly speaking, is not generally the one that women worry about, presents the illusion of a bikini; secondly, by leaving bare the two sides of the wearer’s waist, a monokini performs the fabulous hourglass trick, when seen from the front,whereby the impression of a much slimmer waist is created. This is even more strongly suggested when the monokini is fluorescent. The dazzling colour minimises the flesh next to it, and the wearer can stroll in the sun with her head held high.
Online monokini shopping can open up a whole world of confidence and new experience and can help hugely in keeping the browser in touch with current swimwear trends.