The Spider Defined
The spider is usually a variant of the string halter in which the breast cup is partially composed of string web, not unlike the kind of web produced by the small animal who is the namesake of the species. Typically only the center of the breast, the areola and its surround, are covered by solid fabric; the remainder of the breast is covered by only a supporting mesh.
Two primary flavors of the spider exist. The clearest definition is where the entire cup except for the very center is made like a web (JE8910A). These design have a particular affinity with the crochet bikini. More ambigious are design in which the neckstring splits into three directions at the top of the cup (BF197640), sometimes with the top of the cup cut away entirely in lieu of the strings (FL8716, JE9010), a design called the tri-string demi-halter. For years debate has raged whether the tri-string demi-halter should indeed be classifed as a spider or a separate, unique species. Some experts have even argued that it is genetically related to the demi-bra because, like the demi-bra, it favors areolage.
Spiders come in all strap variations, with the halter and bra being the most common. Bandeau spiders exist in theory but are a rarity in practice. All spiders border on wilds.
Spider Design Variations
Special sets of spiders exist which enable the bikiniite to select a garment which perfectly matches her own areola. One such sequence, crocheted by the legendary The Annie l'String, forms a progression, covering less and less surround until at last the areola is revealed, and then the center circle is crocheted into a coarser mesh so that at the extreme the nipple is allowed to poke out a center hole. It is hard to believe that such soutien-gorge are actually worn on real beaches, but for decades before her retirement spiders crawled out the door of Annie's small store just off the beach in Ft. Lauderdale and paraded all over the beach during Spring Break.
Annie's spiders are sized by a secret three-part code. The first numeral describes the number of connections between the center and the outside of the web. The second letter is an "s" or an "h", indicating that the center region is solid or open-mesh style. Finally there is the size of the spider itself, using the standard sizing, and describing the protected, center region. Spiders are almost always smaller than a C, B, or even A cup. Annie's largest, a 3s-4A, has three connecting strings, a solid center, and center size of a quadruple-A (AAAA). Here is the full set:
Turquoise 3h-4A (JE8910A).
Dark green 3s-5A.
Yellow 6h-5A (JE8910F).
Spiders are usually coupled with briefs, string briefs, and g-strings, and occasionally with culotte with echo the open mesh spiderweb theme.
Like the Rosebras, spiders may also be worn layered, sometimes with pasties underneath or a halter overtop.