In the 2013 Surfing Magazine Swimsuit Issue, when asked what bathing suit trend will be hot next year, designer of Frankie’s Bikinis, Francesca Aiello, said, “Teeny bottoms! Nothing is hotter than a girl working those small bikinis with confidence.” Oleema Miller, designer of MIKOH Swimwear, agreed, saying that if there’s one trend that WON’T make it to 2014, it’s “too much booty coverage.”
This is a swimwear evolution that has been developing over the past couple years: a subtle divergence away from the full butt “diaper sag” towards a cheekier, more shapely cut that exposes a bit more of your bum cheeks. Or as it’s traditionally called: the Brazilian cut. Although once a style known to be worn only by the most daring of girls – and only on exotic far-off beaches, where women run wild and free, completely devoid of inhibitions – this is no longer a style exclusive to the shores of Brazil and Hawaii. The flirty “Brazilian cut” has become a mainstream beachwear staple, with brands such as Acacia, Lolli, Maaji, Mikoh, Luli Fama, Frankie’s Bikinis and ViX contributing to the popularity and acceptance of these head-turning styles. Designers across the map swear by the fit, claiming that no matter what size your butt is, the less the fabric that covers it, the better.
If the words “cheeky bikini” have you cowering with fear and running for the closest beach towel, we totally get it. We can be bashful about our butts too. But if you’re feeling a rush of bravery, and you want to embrace the trend to feel extra sassy this summer, then there are a few things you can do to get your buns ready for some sun…
1) Yoga. The warrior pose, locust pose, goddess pose, and almost every other static yoga pose will have you feeling the burn.
2) Pilates. On the mat, the pilates “side kick series” is especially effective at tightening your butt, hips and thighs.
3) Barre Method. Derived from ballet, the barre workout takes you through a series of challenging standing and seated movements that target women’s problem areas.
4) Speed walking/Jogging. One of the easiest and most ancient forms of exercise, speed walking or jogging for 30 minutes+ per day will help to slim, tighten and lift all the muscles of your legs and bottom.
5) Swimming. For mermaids who don’t like to sweat, hit the water and swim like a frog! Swimming is a highly effective full-body workout that sculpts your entire body, especially your legs and glutes.
Need some more guidance? Here are some of our favorite fitness friends/experts in the area:
1. Rachel Kennedy, Personal Trainer at Watercolor Workout. Rachel is know for making you do lots of lounges, squats & single leg dead lifts. http://www.watercolorresort.
2. Laura Bailey, Owner of The Studio. Laura teaches a Vinyasa yoga class that is not for sissies and will guarantee weight loss! http://www.wwltv.com/news/
3. Kelli Precourt, instructor of the Core Fitness class at Balance Health Studio. http://balance30a.com/
4. Pure Barre 30A. Go see Ashley Singleton to help you lift, tone & burn those buns with tiny, targeted movements. https://www.facebook.com/
So get moving girls! And here’s to Sun’s out Bun’s out 🙂