A dummy's guide to swimwear

Getting a swimwear right means nailing a fabric - it must be drip-dry, super smooth, glossy, silicon, latex or stretch - knit with a metallic, steal-like finish. Texture with reliefs, inspired by waves, ribs, pique or honeycomb designs mostly work well. But sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the sea of designer swimwear shapes, and explain store sales person and even put in the Google search what exactly you are looking for. In this case Salamander Bikini Shop is willing to guide you through the most common swimwear types that can be find out there.    

Know you swimwear:

  • THE BIKINI - it consists of strapless bandeau, halter strappy triangles and a bottom which could ever be a thong.


For exp: Sweet Carolyn Bikini by Beauty & the Beach worn by Kate Bock in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2013.

  • THE MAILLOT - Maillot is another name for One piece swimsuit with high-cut sides with a plunging neck line, one shoulder, halter, racer-back or cross-back.

For Exp: Maillot by Peixoto Swim worn By Kate Upton in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2014 

  • THE MONOKINI - also known as unikini, the monokini was first seen in the 1960s - two halter straps holding the bottom half of a bikini. Many denounced it as distasteful, but 3,000 monokinis were sold in 1963 in the US for topless beaches. The monokini was later modified to include the top and bottom connected by the vertical strap of cloth or the sides held together with rings or strings, and large cut-outs.

For Exp: Monokini by Pistol Panties worn by Anna V in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2013

  • THE ONE-PIECE - the most common type of swimwear - the regular swimsuit with the straps.

For Exp: One-piece by Beach Riot worn by Gigi Hadid in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2014

  • THE TANKINI - it’s a women two piece swimwear with the top styled like a tank, vest or camisole silhouette, and it’s combined with the pair of bikini briefs.

For Exp: Tankini by Basta Surf worn by Chrissy Tiegen in Sport Illustrated 2013.

  • THE TRIKINI - this swimsuit has three pieces of fabric - one for a bottom and two to cover the torso. The trikini is a cross between the maillot and bikini, and it’s often known as ‘cut-out swimsuit’. It seems to provide length to the torso and shows off a toned back and abs. It’s a good option when you want to hide problem areas such as loves handles.


 For Exp: Like it Like That One Piece by Beauty & the Beach worn by Brooklyn Decker in Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2011.

Hopefully, Salamander Bikini Shop’s guidance will help you shop for your perfect swimsuit with less frustrations this year!           

KATE BOCK is the cover girl for the JANUARY 2016 issue of ELLE Canada. Fashion direction by Juliana Schiavinatto Photographs by Max Abadian Art direction by Brittany Eccles Model, Kate Bock (Sutherland Models); hair & makeup, Susana Hong (P1M.ca/Chanel); fashion assistant, Cherry Wang.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2015

<center> The issue we’ve all been excitingly anticipating is finally out! This year, we were so happy to once again be apart of the #SISWIM family. Super models, Chanel Iman and Kate Bock portrayed the Luli Fama vision perfectly!

A huge shout out to the amazing photographers: Ben Watts and James Macari who captured the perfect images.

We, also, could not be any more proud of our campaign model, the beautiful Hanna Davis, that made THIS YEAR’S COVER!!!

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do!

With all things fun and sexy,

Luli Fama