It's no secret that tan lines can be ugly, silly looking and distracting. However with the many swimsuit styles, there are some styles that help to minimize the chance of tan lines. Always choose pieces that fit your body type well first before picking something based on tan lines. Looking your best is always the most important tip for warm weather months. Remember that the best swimsuits for swimming may be completely different than those for tanning.  

Triangle Bikini Top

This type is a bit more modest than other options and gives the wearer the opportunity to adjust their top to minimize tan lines. A classic triangle top typically comes with adjustable spaghetti straps that tie at both the neck and the back. Adjust the triangles for less coverage and untie the straps as needed when building a base tan.

Tie Side Bikini Bottom

Tie side bottoms minimize tan lines around the hips and thighs. However this piece is not designed for modest women as it does offer minimal coverage. Many women like it because they can move the suit around as needed in order to minimize their tan lines.

Bandeau Top

A bandeau-style swim top typically has no straps or has removable spaghetti straps. Even if you choose to wear the straps (maybe for more coverage or lift), you will likely still have minimal tan lines. The band on the back typically is narrow so there won't be much tan line on there either. You can even unfasten or tie it to get a base tan and avoid the unsightly look of white versus brown skin.


bandeau top tankini may be a good option for someone more modest. They are also perfect for plus size women who don't want to man the one-piece. The top creates minimal tan lines on the chest and shoulders. The top can be any variation; however a side tie bottom or even boy shorts are optimal as high cut briefs or even a skirted bottom create strange or large tan lines that will look unsightly.

Tan Through Swimwear

 This new patented technology offers unique fabric that offers a perfect tan directly through the bathing suit. It will give the wearer an all-over glowing tan that they want without the direct sun exposure or ugly tan lines.

Things to Remember

Swimwear accessories such as sandals or sunglasses can create very large tan lines that are often hard to correct. Be wary of large jewelry too as they can cast a strange tan line on the skin. Lastly, wear the hair high on the head because ponytails or braids also can create tan lines on the back of the neck, shoulders or back.

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