I Guess Thong Bikinis Are Becoming a Mainstream Trend

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A-list celebrities. Bloggers. Models. 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 latest 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.

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 have 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.

Vdm Vera Bikini Bottom ($60)

Shop the matching Livinia Top ($70)

Zimmermann Brighton Mesh-Trimmed Bikini ($275)

Billabong Surfadelic Hike Bikini Bottoms ($49.95)

Shop the matching Surfadelic Top ($50)

Reina Olga Susan Bikini Set ($165)

Good American Tanga High Leg Reversible Bikini Bottoms ($39)

Shop the matching Tanga Top ($39)

Reina Olga Brigitte Bikini Set ($175)

Shop More Thong Swimsuits:

Billabong Tanlines Hike High Leg Bikini Bottoms ($49.95)

Shop the matching Ivy Top ($56)

Luli Fama Ocean Drive Euphoria High Leg Bikini Bottom ($95)

Shop the matching Triangle Top ($95)

ASOS Recycled Tie Shoulder Thong Swimsuit ($20)

Bananhot Shell Bikini Bottom ($89)

Shop the matching Shell Top ($89)

Hunza G Gigi Bikini Set ($180)

Beach Bunny Kinsley Tie Side Bikini Bottom ($148)

Shop the matching Pais Top ($148)

L Space Asos Design Recycled Curve Mix and Match High Leg High Waist Bikini Bottom in White ($0)

Shop the matching Triangle Top ($7)

Zimmermann Riders Tie-Detailed Bikini ($240)

Reina Olga Ginny Bikini Set ($161)

Mara Hoffman + Net Sustain Lei Striped Bikini Briefs ($145)

Shop the matching Rae Top ($145)

South Beach Mix and Match Rib Bandeau Bikini Top in Black ($32)

Shop the matching Crinkle High Waist Bikini Bottom in Black ($23)

L Space Jay Bitsy Bikini Bottom ($88)

Shop the matching Millie Top ($99)

Luli Fama Stardust High Leg Brazilian Bikini Bottom ($99)

Shop the matching Stardust Top ($99)

Bond EyeBond Eye X Bound Samira Bikini Set ($235)

Forever 21 High-Leg Bikini Bottoms ($5)

Superdown Anora Bikini Bottom ($34)

Shop the matching Anora Top ($36)

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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