Ever since the dawn of swimwear, it seems that the itsy bitsy bikini trend has only become more popular, with bikini bottoms today barely providing enough cloth to conceal our increasingly ample assets.
Thong bikinis and other skimpy cut bottoms are showing no sign of leaving the fashion scene, so exactly why are these tiny garments so popular, and how can you make sure you look fabulous in swimwear, no matter what your body type? Here’s everything you need to know.
Why Are Bikini Bottoms So Small?
The two-piece bikini has always been a controversial choice of clothing – essentially not very different from underwear in appearance, and yet wholly different in terms of how society views them.
For many girls, a bikini (or three) is a must-have essential in packing for a vacation. If you’ve been swimsuit shopping at all in the past couple of years, you may well have noticed the increasingly tiny appearance of bikini briefs. “How much of my butt is going to be showing?” I hear you ask, and the answer is: a lot!
Bikini bottoms have gotten small as a result of just about all fashion trends these days – in fact, of any era – because of celebrities. A few years ago, you’d likely see vintage 60s-inspired swimsuits on the beach, with high-waisted, polka dot numbers and chic mesh panels – for that modest, ‘less is more’ look that until quite recently dominated the swimwear scene.
These days, the internet is full of images of perfect, cellulite-free, smooth and tanned butts (just look at the Instagram accounts of any Victoria’s Secret model, and don’t get us started on the Kardashians or Emily Ratajkowski!). The butt has become the focal point of female sexuality when it comes to online selfies. Far from the days of the rake-thin 90s model, the image of the slim waist and round, shapely butt seem set to define the twenty-tens era, with fitness fanatics, models and socialites all flaunting their rotund rears as often as possible.
With so much emphasis on our butts, it seems logical that the bikini industry would start to change, and indeed they have. Brazilian bikinis, which feature considerably less fabric than previous designs, are now even more triangular in shape, emphasizing the butt and creating a more exaggerated pear-shape when viewed from behind.
How to Make Your Butt Look Great in A Tiny Bikini
While it’s great for all those Victoria’s Secret Models, this new bikini trend can leave some of us girls feeling a little self-conscious – am I right? If you want to look amazing this summer, and feel your best in an on-trend bikini, here are our top tips for getting the perfect bikini-ready butt, in time for the beach:
- Eat well – a healthy, balanced diet will help make your body look and feel its best. Lots of fruit and veggies, high protein foods such as fish, nuts, eggs and low fat dairy, as well as plenty of water will keep your skin clear and fresh – and your butt will thank you for it!
- Perform butt-enhancing exercises: simple exercises like squats and box jumps will help tone and firm your behind. General cardio and weights will help you lose overall weight: go on long walks, jogs or bike rides if you’re not a gym bunny.
- Pamper your butt: use the luxurious range of products from Massk®, specifically designed for cleansing, smoothing and plumping your behind to give you that ideal summer-ready rear.
With small bikinis going nowhere this summer, there’ll be butts of all sizes on display on beaches everywhere. However big or small you behind, we’re sure you’ll look sexy and fabulous all summer long.