String Bikinis Don't Drive Men Wild, but These Bathing Suits Do

bikiniAfter reading the results of a poll conducted by Marie Claire based on what types of swimsuits men most like to see women wearing on the beach or at the pool, I've gotta admit that I was a tiny bit shocked. I mean, it wasn't a surprise that out of the 100 men who were surveyed, 93 percent of them preferred a standard two-piece, but the fact that a regular bikini fared higher than a string bikini? Yeah, that surprised me a bit. I guess men aren't as into the whole dental floss thing as I thought?

And another type of suit on the list that had me scratching my head a little bit? The chic, '50s-style retro looking suits. Men aren't exactly fans of those, considering only 21 percent found them to be attractive. (What would Marilyn Monroe say about that?)

And while one-piece bathing suits did better than I expected, with 65 percent of men preferring them, tankinis only pulled in a 53 percent approval rating. Hmm. Guess I'd better think twice about ditching regular two-pieces all together and going for a sportier look this summer.

Judging from these results, it seems as though men prefer suits that are feminine and show off a woman's best assets without being too terribly revealing. They like skin -- but they don't like too much skin. Huh. Interesting.

I can't help but wonder just how different these results would be if the same exact poll had been given to 100 women instead to gauge what types of suits they prefer to wear -- and see other women wearing. If I had to guess, I'd say that the standard bikini would probably come out near the top, simply because every woman dreams of having the perfect bikini body. It's hard not to notice when one of our own steps out on the beach looking toned and lump-free in a two-piece.

But if women had been surveyed, I also think the retro suits would've done a lot better -- because we gals are really digging the whole Mad Men vibe right now. Bathing suits from a bygone era make us feel beautiful and sophisticated, not to mention the fact that they're a whole lot more comfortable than a skimpy two-piece.

And odds are good that tankinis would've been a hot choice too, simply because they look good on most women -- and they're quite practical, especially for moms.

What is your favorite type of bathing suit to wear? What type do you find most attractive on other women?

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tgifrida tgifrida

I'm currently on a fitness journey and was hoping to have a set of nice abs to show off for the summer. While after having 3 babies (8 month old is the youngest) I've lost a lot of weight, but haven't focused on my abs yet.... So I decided to buy a tanking this year. I almost bought a one piece from Victoria's secret because they have those magic suits which make the tummy area smaller.. Those were super sexy!!! However, I decided to just get a tankini which emphasized my boobs more (still nursing) and I used the extra $ which would've been spent on the magic suit for a hot dress instead.

I think towards the end of the summer I'll be ready for a bikini....but not quite yet.

Melis... Melissa042807

All I know is what my husband likes - he likes a bikini as much as the next guy, but not the string bikini. He likes a little more coverage, a little more somethin' for the imagination. I had a cute but modest bikini for our honeymoon and it drove him wild. :-) 

Me, I'm a tankini or a one-piece kind of girl. I like things to be simple. I don't want to have to worry about my bits and pieces popping out! Plus I have fair skin so the more sun protection the better. 

Chris... ChrisakaMama

I have those halter top style bikinis with the retro shorts or skirt bottoms, I love them, I feel pretty but can still run and plan with the kids. Funny thing, none of my 60s retro looking suits are newer than 6 years old... I have always loved that look & am so glad it's cool right now! (maybe that means mommy gets a new swimsuit?) ;)

Laura Jerdak

I like the standard bikini top with a skirt bottom.  I do not like string bikinis because I just do not find them secure enough.

jagam... jagamama0710

My husband likes the regular bikinis but he also really digs the retro swimsuits (he loves the pin-up look in general and I've got the curves for it) and I do too so I'm on the hunt for one. We have a vacation sans kids in 2 1/2 weeks. I gotta find one asap! 

That said, this was posed to only 100 guys. It's interesting, but I don't think we should go by this particular poll. lol 

Rebecca Peterson

I swim in a cold river more often than not. A racing one piece keeps me much warmer than the girls who swim in bikinis. If I were just laying in the sun, then I'd see the point of a 2 piece. But if I'm near water, I am swimming.


nonmember avatar Hot in her 50's

I worked very hard to get my 6 pack abs,and muscular toned figure, after losing 90+ lbs and previously swiming in a skirtsuit and "retro suits", I am wearing a string bikini this year at the pool. My hubby would probably prefer if I went skinny dipping LOL!
If I am swimming I wear a one peice with french cut sides as I like to drive and bikini tops don't hold up well. Not concerned anymore with what other men think as they didn't look twice when I was a bigger girl, now they are jealous of my Husband and can kiss off. :D

Mike Miller

If you've got a hot body, it doesn't matter what kind of a bathing suit you wear, you're gonna look good!...but if you're a fat flabby pig, NO bikini is gonna drive ANYBODY wild.

Patrick Peralta

"String Bikinis Don't Drive Men Wild"?....

says who? seeing women wear those drives me wild I like it.

Julianne Smith

This kind of "article," and those kinds of "polls" (do any of you really think that a poll of 100 is scientifically admissible in any way?) is so exploitative. Why should I care what any men think of my body? Why should I care about any of you fellow commenters' "fitness journeys"? Why should we subject ourselves to Cro magnons like Mike Miller with his intellectually prize worthy comment?: "If you've got a hot body, it doesn't matter what kind of a bathing suit you wear, you're gonna look good!...but if you're a fat flabby pig, NO bikini is gonna drive ANYBODY wild."

Right. Your subjective notion of what a "hot" body is is going to make me hide in shame in my bedroom instead of donning whatever sort of swimsuit I like. Men are only attracted to your subjective notion of "hotness." You kill me, Mike, you're such a jokester.

You know what does make me feel shameful, however? A community of women expanding, perpetuating and reinforcing a culture of body hatred. Cafe Mom, once again, should be ashamed of ITself. Here there's nothing but reinforcement of dominant American cultural discourse that subjugates women through other women. It's disgusting.

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