Bandeau Bikini

For a sexy strapless look, you can’t beat a bandeau bikini.  Bandeau tops have been around for decades, and with variations in cut, color and accents, you can get nearly any look you want out of one.  Whether your style is super casual or you like a little bling in your bikini, it is easy for a bandeau to take on whatever look you want it to have just by adding or subtracting in the right places.

Bandeau Bikini

For an elegant look, a top like the one seen here with a large crystal-studded o-ring in the gathered center goes a long way.  Jewels, crystals and other decorative elements in the center of a bandeau are a great way to add detail to the front without sacrificing the simple style.  In the case of the large o-ring here, the break in fabric also gives a tantalizing peek at your cleavage, too, which can sometimes get lost in the lines of a bandeau top.  There are also tops that have underwire built in for added support and definition which can create a pretty dramatic look.

Much like tube tops, bandeau bikini tops are available in styles that tie in the back, slide on over the head, or fasten in the front or the back depending on the top.  For the most secure fit, it is always best to buy a top that ties in back so that you can adjust it to accommodate your own chest size.  For tops that fasten or just slip on, you might want to consider buying your top a size smaller.  A lot of designers recommend buying a size smaller in bandeau tops even if they do have ties since there are no straps to hold it up.  Some bandeau bikini tops do have a detachable neck strap included with them, as well, but that is kind of cheating, don’t you think?