Unsolved Mysteries: Cutaway swimsuits

Swimsuits like this one by Red Carter probably cover just as much flesh – or maybe more – than a bikini would.

So why do they always look like they’re verging on the obscene to us?

After all, it’s not anything like as bad as this one by Jersey Moda:

Or, indeed, this one, which was from Victoria’s Secret a couple of years ago:

(Thanks for having long hair, model.)

And yet still we hate almost every example of this style we ever see. Is it the tan lines? The way it seems to flatten the breasts down, for reasons unknown? It’s an unsolved mystery: or at least, it is for us.

What do you think of the cutaway swimsuit?

15 Comments

  • March 22, 2011

    Rudi

    To be honest most of these just look like bad sci fi costumes.

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  • March 23, 2011

    April

    As if swimwear wasn’t revealing enough, someone had to invent these.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Christine

    riiiiiiiight……just because you dress like a slut doesn’t mean you are a slut……and just because that guy over there acts like a stalker doesn’t mean he is…..

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  • March 23, 2011

    lizvocal

    They are designed to be worn over implants, which need no support and actually look better a little squished out of round.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Amee

    I’ve seen one I’ve liked, but usually they are ugly.

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  • March 23, 2011

    andrew

    the grey one isn’t bad at all!

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  • March 23, 2011

    Bailey Ann

    I’ve gotta say, I have a cutaway swimsuit that I ADORE, but it’s no more revealing than a bikini. With the right pattern/cut they can look really classy :]

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  • March 23, 2011

    Liza Ashby

    I think it depends on the style of it…the ones with just cutaway sides can look lovely! However, I agree that the really revealing ones just look a bit ‘cheap’ and that a bikini would be a better option.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Rachel

    I think it feels like they’re verging on obscene more than bikinis because they give them impression of flesh that should be covered but isn’t.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Theresa

    I think they are just unflattering on pretty much everyone. And they do look like they smush boobs down.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Dani

    That last one looks like it’s being worn backwards. Not my cup of tea…

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  • March 24, 2011

    La Rouquine

    The only time when it’s acceptable to wear a cutaway swimsuit is if your name’s Veronica Lodge.

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    • March 26, 2011

      Ashita

      Ha! ^_^ The exact same girl came to mind. Fortunately for her, she will never have to contend with the Gravity Boob Syndrome.

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  • April 1, 2011

    Olga

    These are awful, but I can fully understand the appeal of a nice looking cutaway suit.
    When you wear a bikini, you make two horizontal stripes along the broadest parts of your body: your hips, and your chest, which draws the eyes from side to side, making you appear bigger than you actually are.
    A cutout lets you bare just as much skin,if that’s your thing (I prefer sexy one-pieces that cover a bit more) but instead of drawing the eye left to right, it draws it up and down, thus making you appear slimmer.

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  • December 28, 2013

    IceEmpress

    #2 and 3 are incredibly unflattering– the way they cover the stomach (ESP. #3) make the woman look like she has a paunch. (Image #1 does not have this problem)

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