Rio de Janeiro beaches are breathtaking for many reasons. There's the supernaturally spectacular backdrop of towering mountains, the soft white sands, the crashing waves and the bright blue sky. Then, there are the bikinis. Head to BumBum to look chic on Ipanema Beach — Photo courtesy of over_kind_,man
Barely-there beachwear that displays bronzed flesh to all onlookers, the Brazilian bikini is famous across the world. Contrary to popular belief, however, the fio dental (dental floss) look is no longer considered de rigeur on the beach, and those chic locals with an eye on fashion are now favoring marginally larger models that are a little more flattering to those of us who haven't spent our every spare moment working on that perfect bronze tan.
If you want to look chic on the beach, save your swimwear shopping until you get to Rio and then head to the aptly-named BumBum, which has branches at Shopping Rio Sul and Barra Shopping malls. Here you will find the very latest models in bikinis, along with accessories such as kangas (the Brazilian take on the sarong, the kanga serves as a cover-up and beach towel combined).
Beach fashion changes with alarming regularity in Rio, so if you want to be assured of your style status, head to BumBum before hitting the beach. As a sign of how the style scene has changed on Rio's beaches, the store now stocks an extensive range of one pieces as well as teeny bikinis.