A bandeau bikini is a strapless bathing suit top formed from a band of fabric that wraps around the bustline. The bandeau style dates back to the Roman era and gained popularity as swimwear from the 1920s to 1950s. This flattering style made a comeback in the 1980s and has been a top choice of swimwear designers ever since. To style your bandeau bikini, pairing it with denim shorts, a maxi skirt, a colorful wrap or a sheer kaftan.
Don Denim Shorts
Team your bandeau bikini with denim shorts for an effortless summer look. To accessorize the look, opt for a large sunhat and a sheer kimono to protect yourself from the sun, as well as the cool ocean or poolside breeze. If you’re wearing a neutral colored bandeau, go with a colorful kimono. If you’re wearing a more vibrant or multi-colored bandeau, pick a neutral color kimono. For shoes, go with a pair of strappy sandals or even some sneakers for a casual strolling-around-the-shore look.
Add a Maxi Skirt
For a more breezy bohemian look, pair your bandeau with a maxi skirt. Add a wide-brimmed sunhat to complete the look and, if you don’t mind wearing jewelry to the beach or pool, add some silver bangles and midi rings into the mix. For shoes, opt for a pair of strappy or gladiator sandals. For an extra girly pair of footwear, go with wedges. Looking for a pants version of the maxi skirt? Wear some chiffon wide-legged pants instead.
It’s a Wrap
Wraps are common garments used to style bathing suits and it’s no exception with the bandeau bikini. To style your bandeau bikini with a wrap, make sure to use complementing colors. Color coordinate your look by matching the bandeau color with the same color wrap. Or mix and match by pairing a neutral color bandeau with a bright or multi-colored wrap. Or team a colorful bandeau with a neutral color wrap. You can also color block by pairing a yellow bandeau with a sky blue wrap or a pink bandeau with a green wrap. Add strappy sandals or flip-flops to complete the look.
Try a Sheer Kaftan
Pairing your bandeau with a kaftan is an effortless and non-fussy way to style your suit. Sport a sheer kaftan to make sure you can still showoff your bandeau bikini. Go simple by opting for a sheer black kaftan, which would work best with a light-colored bikini. Or get playful by choosing a tribal print or floral kaftan, ideal for a neutral colored bikini in white or black. For shoes, pick strappy sandals or flip-flops.
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