Created By: SKJAM on January 1, 2010
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Barely There Swimwear

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Alternatively Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini, but I think a unisex title is better.

A swimsuit noted in-universe for its extreme brevity.

While Moral Guardians have been complaining about swimsuits showing too much skin as long as there have been swimsuits, this trope really took off after the introduction of the bikini.

To qualify, a swimsuit must be described or reacted to in terms of how small it is, or how much it shows. For example, if the text claims it's "two postage stamps and a thick string", or onlookers are shown having their eyes bug out.

Examples:
  • The song "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-dot Bikini"
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • December 30, 2009
    fzzr_miller
  • December 30, 2009
    dotchan
    In Spike TV's Manswers, they answer the question of just how tiny a bikini can be before it becomes an issue of indecent exposure. (For women, both nipples and the entire labia of the crotch must be covered. Which means that, if you interpret that to the letter, this can result in some very dinky swimwear indeed.)
  • December 30, 2009
    SKJAM
    The swimsuit does not actually need to be worn for this trope--displaying it to someone who asks "where's the rest of it" or declares "no daughter of mine is wearing such a thing!" qualifies.
  • December 31, 2009
    random surfer
    In the short-lived Tony Randall/Swoozie Kurtz sitcom Love, Sidney Kurtz is talking about a trip she and her 5 year old daughter Patti are going on. She shows Randall an extremely tiny bikini bottom, he says "That's indecent!" She replies "it's for Patti!"
  • December 31, 2009
    SKJAM
    In the classic SF story The Wheels of If, the Alternate History-hooping protagonist is shocked at one point to find himself at the beach wearing only a knit strap covering his belly button (as is everyone else.) Turns out he's in a timeline where it's okay to show genitals and nipples in public, but navels are obscene.
  • December 31, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the finale of Cycle 10 of Americas Next Top Model there's a fashion show in which the women wear gorgeous long evening gowns and the men wear... Speedoes. (A great example of Tropes Are Not Bad)
  • December 31, 2009
    SKJAM
    But were the Speedoes specifically mentioned as being brief, or reacted to that way?
  • December 31, 2009
    JAF1970
    Any given Dead Or Alive game. Actually, any given Soul Calibur game too.
  • December 31, 2009
    SKJAM
    Could you give specific quotes or examples of people reacting to the "barely there" outfits in those games? Remember, it has to be "in-universe."
  • December 31, 2009
    Chabal 2
    In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Yoko (who wears shorts and a bikini top) is at one point asked to wear an ugly gray poncho-like garment to cover her... considerable assets.
  • January 2, 2010
    SKJAM
    Actually, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann series has a much more interesting inversion, when the other cast members note that her swimsuit is less revealing than her normal outfit.
  • January 2, 2010
    Duckay
    There's an episode of Friends where Ross is dating a college student getting ready for Spring Break. When he sees her extremely tiny string bikini, his response is, "...to wear in front of people?"
  • January 2, 2010
    Yuen
    In an interesting inversion, Papillon's swimwear draws this reaction from bystander despite the fact that it is technically more concealing than normal Speedoes.

    Does it count during the scene where he's wearing nothing but a flat bucket thing on his thing?
  • January 3, 2010
    SKJAM
    Is that Busou Renkin? Since the trope is that people notice the briefness of the swimwear in-universe, it's a "straight" example. (It's phrased that way to prevent someone from just adding every example of a woman wearing a bikini, ever.)
  • January 4, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    bump

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