Different types of swimwear for women

Various basic styles and designs of swimwear available for women.

This post lists all the different types of clothing one might consider when going to the beach – be it for a swim or a stroll.

There is no place that I can think of is that is more fun than a beach – it is ‘the’ place for family fun, couple togetherness, and also solo walks. Anything goes, so long as you wear comfortable clothing suitable for the beach. But for swimming and having fun in the sea, there is no other choice than to wear swim wear. And whatever is your preference there is a swimsuit for you, as you will see as you read further. 

Name your swimwear

One piece suit

one piece swimsuit

Swimsuits are the generic name for swimwear made of stretchy fabrics. Swimsuits can be of many types. A one-piece swimsuit is a most commonly seen swimsuit. Modest in covering and very practical for swimming unhindered.

Two piece Bikini

two piece swimwear
A bikini is a two-piece swimming suit. It usually consists of a bra top made of two triangle-shaped front pieces kept together with elastic straps and a similarly scant bottom part.

String bikini

string bikini

The string bikini is a bikini with strings as fasteners. They are usually tied around the neck and at the back. Learn to make a string bikini panties here.


Burkinis are swimsuits that cover your entire body except for the face, hands, and feet. Read more about burkini here.



This is a two-piece swimsuit with a top that looks like a tank top.


Midkini is a two-piece swimsuit with a more modest. coverage.



Bandini is a two-piece swimsuit with a bandeau top.

Brazilian bikinis

These bikinis are very skimpy and usually fastened with strings – the top as well as the bottom (thong style).



A Monokini is a mixture of a bikini and a one-piece swimsuit – it looks like a one-piece but has cutouts around the midriff and back that also makes it look like a bikini.

Leg suit

A leg suit is a swimsuit with tights, usually ending near the thighs.


A wetsuit is a swimsuit that covers most of the body.

Swim shirt

A tshirt that can be used for swimming or water sports- usually made of spandex fabric.

Swim dress

swim dress
A swim dress is a one-piece swimsuit that looks like a dress – it has in-built shorts inside.


Wraparounds or sarongs are worn over swimsuits

Related post: Make a string bikini top.; Lycra/Spandex fabrics

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