Beachwear Guide for 2014 in Rio de Janeiro

By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In order to fit in on the beaches of Rio, it is important to remember one thing: when it comes to Brazilian swimwear, for women and men, less is always more. For women, the only swimsuit that is socially acceptable in Rio is a bikini with low-cut, revealing bottoms - no matter one’s age or size.

Wearing bottoms that cover the entire bum will immediately give away one’s gringo (foreigner) status – and likely only garner snickers and stares. For those who are less inclined to bare all, there . . .

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