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DIY cheeky bikini bottoms

DIY cheeky bikini bottoms


Bikinis. We love them, we hate them, we spend months trying to get ready to fit in them. Two tiny pieces of fabric lend themselves to an infinite number of styles, colors, patterns, and combinations for you to enjoy your beach day/pool day/surf day/swim day in. One such style has been a staple in Hawaii for some years now (or so I’ve been told by some local sources): the cheeky bikini bottom. According to Surfer Magazine and my own research on the beach, the craze is finally making its way over to San Diego. The good news is? I am convinced tasteful (i.e. no crack), smaller bottoms look good on every body that has the confidence to wear them.

Good bikinis are certainly not always cheap. I know, because I spent wayyy too much on my latest favorite, a bow-adorned top and bottom from Lolli Swim. However, a new suit doesn’t have to empty your wallet. Almost a year ago, I stumbled across this Ruched Bottoms DIY by my favorite beach blogger, Rebecca of Goldfish Kiss.

In need of a bikini facelift, I gathered up a couple of my old, worn-out and slightly sagging bikini bottoms and tried it out. I ended up loving the results so much, I tried it again before my trip to Hawaii and then again on my friend Emily’s swimsuit. Ruching is an easy way to add shape to any behind, and with this simple method, there’s no reason to go out and spend money on a new piece (before the end of summer swimwear sales, that is…).

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Instead of typing out my process, I will I leave it to the master to show you how it’s done. Read step-by-step instructions or watch the how-to video at and get ready to fall back in love with your old swimsuit bottoms. Now bring on the beach!


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