Here's one of my favorite Microkini photos of all time. I have edited the photo to design several variations in texture and color and have made a composite of all examples together. Which one is your favorite?
I plan on posting more of my examples of this "A study in color" series of the best Microkini designs.
Why wear microkinis? I thought about it for awhile and here's what I came up with:
I think it is all about the tease factor. How small can a piece of clothing become and still be considered as clothing? I think a micro bikini falls into this category of tease.
Compared to clothing that is socially acceptable (i.e. everyday clothing worn in public situations), swimwear in general is not considered to be acceptable in everyday public gatherings. For the most part (in the U.S. at least), you won't see swimwear exclusively worn while grocery shopping, going to church, watching a movie, or working at your job. Outside of the obvious problems with wearing only swimwear at all times (too cold, no protection from the elements), it is socially unacceptable in these situations.
This is the basic human nature of personal modesty. If there was no such a thing, everyone in the world would all be naked (like the rest of the animals on the earth). Modesty, thanks to Adam and Eve and original sin.
Swimwear overall is not a social taboo either (like nudity), unless you are a member of certain religious, nationality or belief-based groups. Many countries allow swimwear to be worn, and to varying degrees, in different public situations. Even in various regions within a country, varying degrees of swimwear acceptability exist. In a coastal "beach town", it may be completely acceptable to go shopping wearing nothing by a bikini. A few miles down the road, maybe not.
Obviously swimwear is acceptable in public locations such as a beach, lakeshore, or swimming pool. This clothing has evolved over hundreds (thousands?) of years to provide modest covering of the human body, while allowing the user comfortable activity. We are living in a time where swimwear (in general) has become smaller than at almost any time in the past. Just look at pictures of bathers in the 1800s, early 1900s, and up to the 60s and 70s. Compared to today, bathing suits were downright huge. So today's swimwear is a reflection of our current level of socially acceptable swim clothing, displaying the appropriate modesty in public.
Once this socially acceptable clothing begins to reduce in size, the number of public locations where the clothing can be worn reduces exponentially. When an ordinary women's bikini is reduced to a ordinary style thong (not even a micro), it becomes taboo and forbidden in some locations. Public areas such as swimming pools and beaches (in the U.S.) are considered "family friendly", and as a result thongs are not allowed. Here the modesty line has been crossed and it has been declared "unacceptable". (Here variations between countries can be easily seen - thongs are very common in Brazil and Europe, somewhat less common in the U.S., and almost non-existent in the Middle East and parts of Asia).
As a men's or woman's thong bikini becomes even smaller, even the most liberal of locations will begin to have issues. Somewhere here is a gray area where clothing transitions from "acceptable" to "sexual". A confident woman what would wear a thong bikini everyday to the local pool may shun the idea of wearing a WickedWeasel micro bikini to the same pool. A thong is a thong, but the line has been crossed.
So is a microkini acceptable anywhere? I guess from a functional standpoint, a very tiny thong may keep a user's genatalia and nipples from sunburn. But other than that, does a microbikini really do anything more than provide a avenue of expression? The amount ot material difference between a microkini and being nude is a mere few inches (or less). If one was truly only interested in protecting their penis from a sunburn, then they would wear a larger clothing garment or use sunblock while in the nude. It has also been widely discussed that micro swimwear is not functional for actual swimming because it doesn’t stay in place very well. We're back to my first statement - it's all about the tease factor.
If you have (or you think you have) an attractive body, then there is some self-satisfaction of showing it off. If your not in a location were you can be nude all of the time, then microkinis are probably the only method of displaying the maximum amount of your body, while maintaining a minimum amount of modesty. Not being one of those possessing a perfect body myself, there is admiration when viewing a "more-perfect" human body - male or female. Just watch TV or open a magazine. They are filled with images of "more-perfect" forms. You won't see many downright ugly prople on TV, like you'd see at your local WalMart.
When you are confident with your body and your self, either by genetic luck or hard work, showing it off provides the feedback of gratification. Standing in front of a mirror in your bedroom observing yourself in a microkini does provide this gratification, but not as much as being in public. The higher level of gratification obtained in public is increased due to the above discussion of being socially acceptable and of modesty.
I see two versions of teasing here. Two dictionary definitions of "tease" are (1) "Arouse feeling without giving satisfaction" and (2) "Deliberately annoy".
The first definition I think is used between opposite sexes. A person may use a microkini to arouse feelings with no actual intent to act upon those feelings. As a male, the image of a beautiful woman in a tiny bikini is elicits a level of arousal. I'll let any female make a similar statement of the male image.
The second definition is rarer, but I think it may apply within the same sex. A very fit man may wear a microkini to display their body to other man in a "look what I got" mode. Similarly a woman may wear a microkini in a manner to show off their body to other women in the same "look what I got" mode.
Wrapping this up, I can summarize by saying that I think there is no actual functional reason to wear a microkini. The reason I believe is to provide self-satisfaction and gratification for a person who believes they possess an attractive body, or to initiate some amount of tease (good or bad) to gain different type of gratification.
I could spend many posts individually listing some of the microkini manufacturer's websites with my comments (which I plan to do!!). But if anyone is looking for a list of microkini manufacturers, here's my favorites - in no particular order. [I'm too lazy to create hyperlinks on each of these, just cut and paste]
OK, so what is a microkini? Not an easy answer, at least for me.
A "Micro Bikini" can be of almost any shape, size, material, construction, fabric, etc. And it also very much depends on the body by which it is worn. (That is to say that a nice thong worn by a smaller woman may appear to be a microkini when worn on a different body shape.)
I am not going to attempt a "History of the Microkini" here, because I don't think there is a definitive source. It is sort of a nebulous creation that has grown quite quickly during the past 10 or so years. Not to say that microkinis didn't exist more than 10 years ago, but they just were not as mainstream as currently.
With the explosion of the Internet, the ability of niche manufactures to find a wide audience for their products became reality. Someone with a custom swimwear shop on Venice Beach or South Beach might have a selection of microkins, but the number of these sold would probably not justify the entire business. Today try Google-ing "microkini" or "micro bikini" and see how may hits you receive (279,000 and 1,560,000 respectively - probably mostly trash sites, not all manufactures). Just proves that the term has hit mainstream. So back on "topic" - what is it? I'd like to post a topic on examples of several different microkini styles, so here I'll just concentrate on the "classic" microkini style. (For an excellent and very rigorous discussion on all bikini styles, see Judson's website Bikiniscience
Once the front triangle begins to reduce in size (width, height, or shape), we begin to enter the microkini zone.
The top width is approximately the same, but the triangle narrows considerably. The sheer-when-wet fabric is common.
When the top width is also reduced, we come to the "classic" microkini style - the same shape as a very tiny g-string. Here are three examples of the classic style by WickedWeasel You can see that is style of microkini fully covers the labia, but just barely !!! (as opposed to other microkini styles to be discussed later, which expose more). Therefore the shape of a woman's labia determines the fit and presentation (or exposure). As you will see throughout the examples of all microkinis, different body types result in interesting variations of the exact same style (i.e. - some are better than others).
Welcome to my first post in the Microkini Fan blog !!
I am a closet fan of microkini swimwear - many years have been spent searching for and collecting images, videos, stories and links throughout the Internet. One of these slow days, I may attempt to count up everything I've collected, but my estimate would be well into 100,000 items.
Sometime in a future post, I tell the story of how I grew from a kid at the local pool which found women in swimwear to be really fun to watch, to the closet fan I've become now.
I'll share links I've discovered over the years to some rarely seen microkinis (The vast majority of images found online seem to be the same pictures grabbed for pay or porn sites and traded over again).
One of the things that I have started to contemplate is "THE PERFECT MICROKINI". I don't think that one single style exists that I would call perfect - there are so many to choose from. But in my quest, I've discovered a few themes that keep re-occurring. In order to make these a reality, I've started photo-editing some of my favorte microkini pictures to create my favorite modifications. If anyone is interested to see, check out my MicrokiniFan FLICKR page.
(You'll need to have a Flickr account to access this site. I've rated the photos as "restricted" because of some of the explicit content.)
One thing you may notice is that I've created quite a few Texas Microkini Club designs. Therefore, I must be from Texas! Later I'll give you some links to a few adult-themed stories that I have written on Literotica to explain the official "Texas Microkini Club".
I've attempted to blog a few times on this topic around other sites (MySpace, GeoCities, etc), but I'll keep this one as my new main outlet to spew my thoughts.
Well, I've given only a brief introduction so far.