A-list celebrities. Bloggers. Victoria’s Secret Angels. Fashion designers. I’m fairly certain almost every category of Insta-famous fashion person wore a thong bikini this summer. Let’s discuss.
There are a few factors that I believe converged to give us the 2018 version of the thong bikini. However, the general ’80s influence happening now is majorly culpable. The high-cut bikini trend, which was huge three decades ago, goes hand in hand with a thong back. Legs cut so darn high lend themselves naturally to a skimpy coverage behind. Other ’80s swim fads, such as wearing chain belts and socks and sneakers with your bikini, are back too. Basically, we’re aspiring to be Sofia Vergara circa a long time ago on Miami Beach.
I should clarify we’re not only talking bikinis here. Oh, yes, there’s the thong one-piece. We thought one-pieces were safe territory for full-coverage cuties like myself, but the thong trend does not turn the other cheek (sorry) with regard to any form of swimwear. In fact, there’s quite a range of ways to get the look, from a classic thong to a Brazilian tanga to the cheeky bottoms that’ve been stretched to their limits into an impressive wedgie. We generally seem to have drawn the line before straight G-strings, which I feel pretty good about. But don’t take my word for it; keep scrolling to see how the thong has taken over, and shop the barely there bikinis favored by Instagram’s elite.
Available in sizes 2 to 6.
Top and High Leg Bikini Bottoms ($38) available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 4 to 8.
Top and Sol Searcher Tanga Bikini Bottoms ($35) available in sizes S to XL.
Top and High Cut Bikini Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XS to L.
Top and Brasil Scrunch Bottoms ($80) available in one size, fitting XS to M.
Top and Classic Bikini Bottoms ($68) available in sizes XS to L.
The Love Triangle Bottom ($75)
Available in sizes 1-3.
Available in sizes 0-12.
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Top and Lotti Thong Bottoms ($56) available in sizes XS to L.
Top and Knot Minimal High Leg Thong Bikini Bottoms ($16) available in sizes 0 to 14.