The tankini is a two-pieced suit that bridges the gap between bikinis and one-pieced swimsuits. The suit is relatively new, compared with the traditional one-piece and the bikini, having only been brought to popularity in the last ten years. A tankini top is basically a tank top – some have a halter top style and tie behind the neck, but generally the top of a tankini is a simple tank top that stops somewhere between the midriff and hips.

Tankinis are popular because they provide convenience and style, as well as a bit more coverage and support than the typical bikini. Because of the size of a tankini top, it’s easier to conceal integrated features like underwires for support. The tankini top is most often paired with hipster bottoms – but whatever bikini bottom best suits you is fine. Though some designers make matching sets, it’s perfectly acceptable to mix and match tankini tops and bikini bottoms. The tankini suit is best for women with a long torso because it can break up the body, providing a shorter appearance.

Tankinis are available from many of the designers in popular high street chains and department stores – Maine New England have a range of tankinis available at Debenhams, for example. Marks and Spencer have a versatile selection of tankini suits and separates to choose from as well. Many leading design houses also produce tankini suits, available from a range of online and traditional shops. Popular designer tankinis are available from DKNY, Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren, La Blanca, Juicy Couture, Paul Frank and Betsey Johnson.

Buying a tankini online is easy – there suit is exceptionally popular and choice is virtually limitless. One thing to keep an eye on is the price of postage – some shops charge more than others, so what seems like a great bargain ends up costing just as much as it would on the high street. Also, when buying your tankini online, be sure you purchase from a retailer with a flexible returns policy.

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