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 2020 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.
Ookioh Rio Top ($49)
Shop the matching Goa Bottoms ($49)
Tavik Swimwear Evie Bikini Top ($86)
Shop the matching Jones Bikini Bottoms ($94)
Fisch Colombier Bikini Top ($91)
Shop the matching Toiny Bikini Bottoms ($81)
Lovers + Friends Worth It Bikini Top ($58)
Shop the matching Worth It Bikini Bottom ($58)
Frankies BIkinis Tasha Top ($85)
Shop the matching Tasha Bottom ($85)
Reina Olga Rocky Tiger Print Bikini ($107)
Shop More Thong Swimsuits:
Peony Swimwear Polka Triangle Bikini Top ($85)
Shop the matching String Bikini Bottoms ($75)
Sweatyrocks Square Neck Padded Thong Bikini Set ($19)
Minimale Animale The Lucid Bikini Top ($88)
Shop the matching The Ultra Bikini Bottom ($75)
Zaful Bandeau Bikini Set ($28.99)
Asos Design Textured Ruffle Triangle Bikini Top in Soft Yellow ($29)
Shop the matching Textured Ruffle Tie Side Bikini Bottom in Soft Yellow ($23)
Ack Printed Triangle Bikini ($246)
Inamorata Leucadia One Piece ($160)
Verdusa Triangle Bikini Set ($17)
South Beach Mix and Match Rib Bandeau Bikini Top in Black ($32)
Shop the matching Crinkle High Waist Bikini Bottom in Black ($23)
Zaful Bow-Knot Bikini Set ($27)
Les Girls Les Boys Teeny Tiny Embroidered Triangle Bikini ($145)
This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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