Your Complete Guide to Wearing a White Bikini

Last updated on : May 25 2018

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A white bikini is worth all the hype that surrounds it. If you choose the right one, you are genuinely dressed to kill, grabbing attention all night long. 

In this style guide, we take a look at how to choose one for you, how to style it, and the best accessories to pair it with as you pull your look together.

The Perfect White Bikini

The perfect white two-piece flatters your shape, accentuates your best assets and isn't see-through. 

Avoid See-Through Fabrics 

Tackling the see-through issue means choosing the right fabric and the activity to go with them. Some materials are see-through when wet or lose their structure with too much movement in and around the water. 

Being confident playing amidst the waves and then lounging on the beach means knowing what to look for when buying your bikini. Not all white swimsuits are sheer, and so choosing the right one avoids you dealing with any accidental skin exposure at the beach, or pool. 

The most commonly-used fabrics for swimwear are nylon and spandex, as a combination of the two delivers a lightweight, stretchable material that gives a figure-hugging fit and is also quick to dry. Perfect for active days in and around the water. 

As an alternative, a bandage bikini is fashionable and hugely flattering, accentuating and highlight where necessary. They are comfortable, durable, and come in various designs and cuts but might not be so versatile in the water. 

Nylon & Spandex For Avid Swimmers

Nylon is an excellent choice if you are an avid swimmer and plan to spend more time in the water than poolside or lounging in the sand at the beach. It is a lightweight and durable material, making it ideal for water activities. When combined with spandex it is also very stretchy.

Nylon resists sagging when adequately sized, and dries very quickly.

However, clothes made of 100 percent nylon don't hold color well. So if you want swimwear that doesn't fade quickly, choose a nylon blend with other materials such as spandex.

We recommend at least 80 percent nylon for peak performance, comfort, and wearability.

Bandage Fabrics Accentuate & Flatter

We make our bandage swimwear in a blend of rayon, nylon, and spandex. They are stylish options for those looking for something more than just a practical swimsuit

Bandage swimsuits made of rayon, nylon, and spandex provide excellent support and control to your bust line and tummy area. They are comfortable to wear and are more fade-resistant compared to nylon counterparts.

However, they may not be the ideal swimsuits for vigorous swimming or water activities. Over time rayon absorbs water and expands which may cause slippage and awkward wardrobe malfunctions. 

Opt for a stunning white bandage bikini when you plan to be lounging by the pool rather than in the water. Or wear one when attending an outdoor event such as Coachella or a similar music festival.

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Does White Work For Me?

Many women avoid white because they feel it isn't flattering to their body or complexion. Often preferring more traditional options such as black or color in their bikinis.

However, there’s no mistaking that the color is indicative of innocence, purity, simplicity, and optimism. It shows you are a reliable person with a sense of absolute freedom and an optimistic view of life. And so in appealing swimwear its a sexy juxtaposition. 

Traditionally white works on darker or cooler skin tones. However wearing it in the summer, especially to the beach and around the pool is intuitive. It's a color seen to keep you physically cool. So whatever your skin tone, trying out white in swimwear is perfectly acceptable and most often very flattering. 

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Shopping Tips

Make a white bikini work for you by shopping smart and with purpose. Once you've decided on the color, you can focus on the cut and style of the bikini. 

If you are worried that your hips may look wide in a two-piece swimsuit, choose bikini bottoms that have side-tie detailing to combat the issue. It's a flattering style and looks great. The ruching effect gives your body shape and the appearance of slim hips.

Avoid extra material hoping to camouflage any flab or specific areas of your body. Instead, rely on a sexy skin tight fit to show off your shape. Although additional coverage may seem like the obvious option, too much fabric when wearing white often has the opposite effect.

Here are a few more things to focus on when shopping for your bikini.

Heavy Material

As mentioned earlier flimsy or thin materials are likely to become transparent when wet. Familiarize yourself with different fabrics and brands to ensure you get thick and tightly woven materials.


Thicker, high-quality fabrics often have a higher price tag. However, quality fabric is worth splurging on to avoid awkward slips and sags.

Stretch Test

Test the fabric integrity by stretching it slightly before taking it into the dressing room. Put your hand underneath the fabric and extend it a bit. If you can see your fingers through the material, there may be a transparency problem with the piece.  


Check if there is lining. Textured fabric with thick nude lining is enough to block any show-through in white cloth. Double-layer pieces also do the trick.


A great way to look stylish and avoid transparency after a swim is to go for unconventional materials like crochet, lace, or mixture of the two. Explore styles and do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to find something that works.

To choose the right cut, material, and style for you have to be willing to explore. Try on different styles like full-seated briefs or one with ruffles to see which flatters your body more. 

Ensure that you are comfortable with the piece that you choose. You don't want it lying at the back of your closet instead of being flaunted at the beach. Being confident in your bikini is an essential part of your style.

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How to Style Your White Bikini

Think about accessorizing and styling your new purchase to add more oomph and polish to your look. The advantage of white is that you can play around with different colors, patterns, and textures. 

Here are some ideas. 


It is no secret that wide-brimmed straw hats and bikinis work well together, particularly with white. 

Also, hats are a practical way to protect your face from the sun. If you plan to be lounging on the beach, poolside, or boat on a sunny day, they are perfect and look great.  

If you are wearing all white, then experiment with the color of your hat. Striped patterns and classic straw hats are reliable gotos.


Another classic accessory, sunglasses are protective, comfortable, and stylish. 

Oversized sunglasses go well with white swimsuits because they add depth and dimension to your look. They also provide maximum protection for your eyes. 

Choose a pair that suits your face and adds an instant edge to your look. Try frames with some bling for a soft and flirty polish. If bling is not your style, experiment with colorful or patterned glasses for a fun, playful look.


You can't go wrong with matching an oversized tote to your bikini.

Totes make for an ideal choice when you have to carry clothes and makeup to a pool party or for a day at the beach that needs a simple outfit change.

Add a splash of color by carrying a tote with vibrant prints, bold stripes, or even a primary solid color. If you prefer a sporty look, choose one with navy-and-white stripes for an attractive nautical vibe. 

If it is a pool party or a cocktail party add some bling with sequins or other embellishments to your bag.


A stylish gold necklace works well, so does a funky bracelet—that’s the beauty (and advantage) of wearing white in swimwear - it's a fashionista’s canvas. 

Think colorful gemstones for pendants, chain or charm bracelets, bangles, and even tiny earrings. 

If you want to add a stylish and sexy touch to a pure white look, a body chain is a perfect accessory

The chances are that you already have something in your dresser drawer that looks stunning. So take a hard look and test a few out.

Hair Accessories

Wear hair clips for a colorful look while also keeping your hair away from your neck and face as you frolic in the water or sip a drink by the pool.  

Remember to pick your hair accessories according to the event so that you don't feel out of place. For example, a halo of flowers to an upscale poolside party is not trendy. Instead, wear them to a friend’s pool party or cookout.  


Comfortable and breezy works the best for practical wear. Otherwise, go with heels for pizzaz.  

Opt for sandals that make it convenient for you to walk around the beach and will not get damaged easily by water. Flip-flops, slip-on, gladiators—all work well. 

If you are attending an upscale poolside event be sure to wear stilettos and heels that give your legs the illusion of going on forever.


Your choice of white bikini must leave you feeling confident and at ease. 

Ensure you have suitable fabric for your activity, double checking that it isn't see-through or will misshape from too much water.

Test out a few styles and accessories to ensure you've got your look just right. Pair it with flats for comfortable, practical wear or heels when showing off. 

Choose a nylon base for the water and a sexy bandage bikini for showing off poolside and at hot parties. 

Want Sexy But Not White

Try bandage swimwear in color and differing styles for moments you need to be sexy, showing off your curves. Click on the image to see more. 

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