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The “Tata Top” Bikini Brings Us One Step Closer To Nipple Equality

If you’re in favor of #FreeTheNipple, but don’t feel like getting arrested for going topless, we have a solution: The “Tata Top,” a bikini top with nipples printed on the cups.

While men get to prance around with their big, hairy nips enjoying the summer sun, most places require women to cover up and keep their areolas out of sight. In my humble opinion, women, the ones who actually use their nipples for feeding purposes, should be able to show off their breasts like a badge of honor whenever they damn well please. Robyn Graves and Michelle Lytle, two women visiting Chicago from Amsterdam and the co-founders of the Tata Top, agree. When the ladies were traveling in the states, they were forbidden to swim in Lake Michigan in their normal European garb (bottoms, no tops), and they realized that it’s pretty damn ridiculous. On the Tata Top blog, the girls write:

Why can’t girls be topless? If you really think about it, what’s the difference between a man’s nipples and a woman’s? Is it really just the extra breast tissue? …look at this situation as if you were explaining it to an alien who newly arrived on Earth. Explain why women have to cover up their chests, but not men. What reason would you give?

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Must Haves: 12 High-Waist Bikinis

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I don’t know about you, but I love me a high-waist bikini. The perfect way to camouflage annoying love handles while highlighting the waist. This year’s offering of high-waist bikinis include styles ranging from vintage to futuristic. Some of my favorites feature the beautiful abstractgeometric, and photorealistic prints I have been lusting after all spring. Check these 12 out!

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Year after year we see the same triangle, bandeau and halter bikinis packing the beach and laying poolside. I appreciate a classic bathing suit, but really? Isn’t it time for a change? Try mixing it up this year with one of these new bikini shapes. Although, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the fab tan lines!

18 Swimsuits From Swim Fashion Week That Are Gonna Give You The Weirdest Tan Lines Ever

I know you think it’s 2013, but as far as the fashion universe is concerned, we’re already living in the future. It’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for swimwear, and designers have been showing their swimsuit collections for summer 2014. Basically, this is all the stuff you’ll be seeing in Urban Outfitters next year. And the consensus? Everybody’s going to be rocking some pretty insane tan lines, if these looks are any indication. We soldiered through and looked at all the suits, and selected some of the crazier silhouettes for next season. Check ‘em out.

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Woman Ejected From A Water Park For Her Skimpy Bikini

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Last week, Madelyn Sheaffer went to Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Missouri with her teenage daughter. Sheaffer, who recently lost 100 pounds, was proud to be wearing a bikini for the outing. The park officials, however, did not feel the same way.

While she was cooling off in the pool, two teenage employees approached her and asked her to put on some shorts or she would be asked to leave the park. She refused and continued to enjoy the day with her family. Sheaffer was then approached by a supervisor at the park who told her she had to put on both shorts and a shirt or leave because he found her attire too offensive for a family-friendly park. Sheaffer looked around the park only to see that there were plenty of other women wearing similar bikinis, yet she was the only one that was asked to cover up. Therefore, she again refused to leave. The supervisor called the police to escort Sheaffer out of the park. According to a post on Sheaffer’s Facebook page, even the police officers found the situation to be questionable. She wrote:

“We can’t actually say anything,” they said as we walked outside (as it is a city owned park) “… but I hope from the expressions on our face you can tell how we feel.” They were compassionate. They too, thought it was ridiculous.

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Must Haves: 9 Pretty Plus-Size Bikinis

Earlier this year, blogger Gabi Fresh made waves when she collaborated with Swimsuits for All to launch the Fatkini. Inspired by the Harmony Korine movie “Spring Breakers,” Fresh’s collection is full of bold, bright color and fun styles. “I wanted to give [plus-size women] cuter things,” Fresh explained in an interview with The Daily Beast. “All I want for us is to have the same ability to go shopping like everyone else and have those options available.”

We loved her designs, and wanted to find a bunch more cool plus-size bikinis, but it proved a more difficult undertaking than we thought. Even go-to plus-size retailers seem to be shilling belly-covering tankinis in place of straight up bikinis. To me, the relative dearth of plus-size bikini options speaks to a larger notion — seemingly even prevalent in the plus sizde marketplace — that bigger women should cover up their bellies and be ashamed of the way their stomachs look. But plus-size women should have an equal opportunity to show off their curves in bikinis that fit and flatter them, too.

Thankfully, more and more plus-size clothiers are catching on. We found nine totally awesome plus-size bikinis that’ll look great on every beach.

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