In the 1980s, the swimsuit, whether a two piece or a one piece, became notable for its v-cut, showing off a woman’s leg.
In 1980, the February 5th Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue showed model Christie Brinkley in a white string bikini, with the soon to be the norm, v cut bottoms.
And Ms. Brinkley returned in 1981 to the cover of Sports Illustrated, sporting a different colour bikini, but the v-cut was the key again:
One piece bathing suits also used the high cut v style – as seen in this classic 1980s swimsuit sported by actress Morgan Fairchild:
Toss in animal prints, neon and shiny fabrics, and the 1980s style for swimsuits was all that – and the exposed hip.