Fashion Lines Defined
Bikini exposures may be defined by the placement of five fashion lines: the neckline, the armhole, the cutoff line, the waistline, and the legline (or sometimes, the hemline). Maillot exposures are defined by the placement of two or three fashion lines, the neckline, legline, and (in non strapless models) the armhole.
These five fashion lines (armhole, neckline, cropline, waistline, legline) define the exposure codes used in the TML classification scheme. Two additional fashion lines come into play if gloves or socks (or shoes) are worn; these are the wristline and ankleline. Islands of skin may also exist as the result of cutout lines, such as a hole cutout around the navel in a one-piece maillot swimsuit.
Fashion lines are in constant motion over time and the animation of fashion lines (BSD8809) constitutes much of our study because they are generic to all tease: swimsuit, underwear, or street clothes. Their invention is attributed to Adam and Eve.
Fashion Lines and Exposures
The fashion lines of clothing thus correspond to and control exposures of skin on the body. These exposures include cleavage, bellage, rugage, pubage, hairage, legage, and buttage. More specifically:
Three fashion lines control cleavage, the partial exposure of the breast. The neckline controls the top and center, the armhole defines the sides of the breasts, and exposures of the underside of the breast is dictated by the cutoff. Increased cleavage leads to areolage, nippage, which occures when the areola and nipple become visible, either directly or via a careful eye. When the neckline is absent or below the breasts and the bikiniite is barebreasted the exposure is called breastage, or in common terms, topless.
Neckline, armhole, and waistline also define backage. Backage includes the rhumbi, sacral dimples, lozenge of Michaelis, but waistlines which dip below the waist and reveal the top of the hips and posterior rugae are said to reveal rugage.
The cutoff line and waistline together control bellage, the exposure of midriff, which may be measured in inches above or below navel, and if it is exposed, navelage. Exposing the stomach upward must terminate on the the underside of the breast if the subject is not to flash nipples. Bellage downward in the front reveals the iliac of pelvic bone, hairage as the pubic hair become exposed, and pubage when the entire pubis is uncovered.
In the back lowering the waistline reveals the rhumbi, sacral dimples, lozenge of Michaelis and eventually rugage, the display of the posterior rugae.
Legline (and, if it exists, ankleline) define leggage, the revelation of leg. Raising the legline reveals the foot, ankle, calf, knee, and thigh. If continued, a legline which uncovers the hip reveal buttage, and leglines inside the inguinal line may reveal crotage, as well as the aformentioned hairage and pubage.
Armhole (and wristline, if it exists) control the sleeve length and thus armage, the exposure of arm. Sleeve lengths range from finger-tip length, longsleeved, three-quarter length, elbow-length, shortsleeved, and sleeveless. Sleeveless, strapped, and strapless silhouettes also make it possible for a bikiniitte to exhibit her armpits, an important erogenous zone.
Garments Defined by Lines
A deux-pièces or a bikini consists of two separate garments. The cutoff line, neckline, and armhole define soutien gorge, or the top. The various combinations of shoulder, neck and strapless designs produce a finite set of topologies. Two fashion lines, the waistline and legline, together define the culotte, or bottom, including designs as diverse as the shorts and the g-string. Related garments such as the miniskirt are also defined by these two lines.
A one-piece swimsuit, or maillot, is defined as a garment bounded by a neckline and legline, and if it is not strapless, also an armhole.