Buying a Bikini in Brazil

Bathing suits in Brazil come in two sizes: small and smaller. I spent a LOT of time looking for the former.

In the place that invented the “Brazilian” wax, a bikini is a staple.

My bathing suit from Seattle just was not going to cut it. But, where to start? Having heard the Brazilian bikinis described as either “fio dental” ( “dental floss”) or “asa delta” (“the hang glider”), I was a bit nervous. A credit card and some courage, and I was off!

One of my favorite shops was BumBum (, which is named after a slang word for “butt”, and can be found at several locations near Ipanema and Copacobana beaches, and I also really like the styles at a lovely boutique called Vanina Nemer ( Has anyone else ever heard of a Trikini before?

But…(no pun intended) you don’t have to go into a shop to buy a bathing suit. They sell them just about everywhere: crocheted bikinis on the beach, cardboard boxes full of Lycra on street corners, and even at the Sunday markets.

You’ll see people of all different shapes and sizes wearing them not just at the beach, but while walking along the streets, riding bikes, shopping, and even to the restaurants.

The guys are wearing speedos. Sometimes they’ll wear them under board shorts, but they shed the shorts as soon as they hit the sand. Get used to it!

So, my best advice is to make up with confidence what your bathing suit lacks in material, and strut your stuff!

BumBum de Gill
Trying on bits and pieces at the hippie fair.

Adventure On!

3 thoughts on “Buying a Bikini in Brazil

  1. Allow me to remind you of a few things….

    First, I’m an old man and thus prone to heart attacks.

    Second, you wearing something as revealing as a gunny sack, is still enough to make my old heart race.

    Third, the image you selected for the article is cute, but NOT what I feared might be the last vision I had before losing consciousness…..forever.

    Tell me about the coffee in Brazil. That should be a safe subject for this old man.

  2. I LOVED this post and the picture. I think I’ll skip Brazil (at least the beaches) ’cause you’ll never see me in one of those!

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