When it comes to bikinis, there are different sets of rules depending on what you’re doing. However, most of these codes apply in any situation, whether at the beach or having a pool party at home. Bikini Etiquette is a set of rules and guidelines you should follow if you want to wear this bathing suit in public without looking bad.

Here is some etiquette you must know about:

Find a safe place to adjust your bikini

When wearing a bikini in a public place, it can be tempting to adjust your bikini top or bottom when nobody’s looking. But even if you think nobody is watching, it can still make other people uncomfortable-and who wants to be that person?

this bikini wedgie defies bikini etiquette
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Obviously, if there’s a clear and present danger of the un-showables being on display- take care of it asap! But if it can be helped, discreet bikini adjustments are appreciated. Keep your goods tucked in and just enjoy the feeling of being sexy in your bikini!

Save your bikini lingerie for the right time

We know that everyone has different ideas about what is appropriate and what isn’t, but if you’re wondering whether or not your swimsuit is too revealing, consider these questions: Would you feel awkward if a small child walked in on you wearing this suit? Would you feel comfortable swimming in this suit in front of your in-laws?

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If the answer to either question is “no,” then take it off! Save the scandalous swimwear for hip hop videos, nude beaches, yachts, and your own personal playgrounds. Check out our sexy bikini bottoms for a mix of class and flirty fun.

Save your heels for an office meeting

If you’re going to be at the beach for any length of time, wearing heels will be uncomfortable and will likely leave you sore and blistered by the end of the day. It literally does not make sense unless you’re a pornstar or you’re being photographed by MTV.

If you want to wear shoes to protect your feet from hot sand or sharp rocks, opt for flip-flops instead!

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Don’t wear a bikini that is too small

Bikinis are the most flattering swimwear when it comes to the body. However, wearing a bikini that is too small for you is a no-no. There’s a lot going on down there below that should not be happening…

This bikini top is too small and crosses the wrong side of bikini etiquette
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So, if you want to look your best in a bikini, make sure that it fits well and makes you feel comfortable. If possible, try on different sizes and styles of bikinis until you find something that works well on your body type.

Don’t wear a string bikini that shows your butt on a public beach.

You don’t want to be that person just walking around, and suddenly everyone is staring at your butt.

The string bikini bottom is best left for adult events or private places for the best etiquette

Obviously, if you bought that bikini you don’t mind people seeing your cheeks, but you certainly don’t want to be exposed on a public beach where families are gathering! Unless you’re at home poolside or with close friends, or at the playboy mansion, you should probably avoid this swimsuit at the beach.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen

Bikini season is here, and it’s time to start thinking about what’s under your suit. I’m talking about sunscreen!

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If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun, make sure you’re applying sunscreen before heading out. Don’t forget the back of your neck and ears, either. And if you’re planning on tanning in the sun, remember that sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.

Too many strings leave unattractive tan lines

In your effort to be the most glamorous woman at the beach, you might be tempted to try on a bikini with more straps than you’re used to.

woman in bathing suit with lots of straps and lines
The tan lines from this suit will look like fish gills on her rump.

But before doing so, consider this: too many straps can give off a less-than-sophisticated vibe. It’s important to remember that when it comes to swimwear, you need to be ready for what tan lines your bathing suit will leave!

Don’t overdo the creativity

When you wear a bikini, you’re not just wearing a bathing suit-you’re making a statement.

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That’s why it’s important to be mindful of what message you’re sending with your outfit. You don’t want to get caught in an uncomfortable situation because you look like you’re dressed for Halloween on the fourth of July!

Don’t wear bikinis with ads on them

If you’re sporting a company’s logo across The Twins or on your caboose, you better be damn passionate about them or the company better be paying you. I’m sure you can find some cute outfits that happen to be throwbacks or what have you but all-in-all, ads on bikinis are not the best look.

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It’s important to think about the message you’re sending. It’s not just a message about what kind of person you are but it could also be about how you think and what you value.

A trendy style is the way to go

Stay in the know about what’s trending. When you are at the beach, you want to ensure you are not wearing outdated swimwear because it will ruin your confidence. Wear something you’re going to love (without offending anyone!) and that you’ll feel fantastically confident in.

You are now definitely aware of how to avoid offending those around you while wearing a bikini. Hopefully, this list of bikini etiquette tips finds you well and helps avoid any awkward or embarrassing moments while wearing your stunningly sexy, yet appropriate bikinis.