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What is a Micro Bikini?

A micro bikini is a minimalist swimsuit designed to cover only the bare essentials. It's a bold fashion statement that celebrates body confidence and freedom. Often seen on beaches and at pool parties, these tiny pieces offer minimal tan lines and maximum style impact. Wondering how to rock this daring trend or where it originated? Let's explore the evolution of swimwear fashion together.
J.L. Drede
J.L. Drede

A micro bikini is an ultra-skimpy bathing suit. There are variations for both men and women, but both are designed to cover the barest amount of skin. Some are so sparse in design that they are probably illegal to wear on public beaches in some countries that don't allow nude sunbathing.

The micro bikini was first developed in the 1970s as a response to laws in some countries that made nude sunbathing illegal on public beaches. These early micro bikinis were designed to cover what the law required and nothing more. A woman's micro bikini might be little more than two very small pieces of fabric to hide the nipples and a skimpy, low-cut thong bottom. A man's version is simply nothing more than a very small thong bottom, with some displaying the full buttocks with just a small pouch up front. Some micro bikinis are even skimpier and don't even bother with strips of cloth. Instead they use fishing wire or other nearly-invisible materials to hold the incredibly small pieces of fabric in place.

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Woman holding a book

Some versions of the micro bikini don't even bother to completely cover the genitalia. They may be so low cut in the front that the wearer is exposing themselves, or they may even be partially transparent. Others are specifically designed not to cover the breasts or genitalia. Some brands of male micro bikinis are just "socks" designed to cover the male parts in a form-fitting fashion.

Many public swimming pools and beaches across the world have laws against micro bikinis, even if they are covering the important parts. Most public pools or any other public place where children are allowed will typically have rules against g-strings, let alone micro mini bikinis that are even more revealing than the typical thong. Private pools and beaches are typically where people can wear micro string bikinis in these countries. Their ultra-revealing nature also makes them very popular on adult websites and in adult films as well.

One place where micro bikinis typically are commonplace and acceptable are at bodybuilding competitions. Since body builders are trying to show off as much of their muscles as possible, many times they will wear these incredibly revealing micro bikini swimsuits. In this instance, the micro bikini is not used as a way to titillate or attract people. It is simply a means to an end for both male and female bodybuilders to show as much of their definition and tone as possible.

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@KoiwiGal - I'm always wondering how long the person will have before wrinkles and skin cancer set in.

Wearing micro bikini thongs exposes more of your skin to the sun than anything else except going nude.

I think they wanted to be able to sunbath nude in the first place because they wanted to tan, which we now know is really bad for you.

A dark tan doesn't even look all that good to me. It just looks like skin damage.

I wear a white shirt over my one piece to protect my skin, let alone over a micro bikini.


I know I might get labeled a prude for saying this, but I really think that string and micro bikinis are almost always quite ugly. I mean, even if they are on a gorgeous model, they almost always just look tacky to me.

I think I'd be less bothered by nudity. I mean, I'm not saying people should run around naked, except in places where they are allowed to, like nudist beaches. I just mean that if you are going to wear some kind of clothes, just wear them. A real bikini on the right person looks really good.

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