Modifiers, or adjectives, describe the details of a particular swimsuit species. Modifiers may or may not be naturally exclusive. A maillot can be décolletage (low-cut baring the neck, breast and shoulders), lined, or a dozen other variables; but one of these adjectives define a particular species, only the properties of the costume (1).
Many other major modifiers (variables) concern the material, the substance out of which the swimsuit is made and one of the fundamental variants of costume of the swimsuit itself. Bikinis can be made in any color (Day-Glo red, lime green), print (solids, striped, dotted, floral, etc.), and out of every conceivable material (cotton, wool, terry, silk, velvet, nylon, Lycra spandex, plastic, rubber, metal, seashells, suede, paper and glass). The weave and finish (e.g., cyre) are significant too.
The maillot is particularly well-suited (no pun intended) to modification because it can have so much variation. Some of the most common maillot species are found by going to the Costumes on the Main Menu and then to the maillot genus. Unlike the soutien-gorge, where species are sometimes distinguished by topology, the maillot is more amorphous as to species and adjective.
This concept of adjective must also be attributed to Barthe's Fashion System (see Bibliography), and is an outgrowth of his concept of genus and species of swimwear (BSD8803). Color and print, type of fabric, thickness of fabric and degree of transparency, type of weave, and attributes like "belted" are all adjectives are are detailed in the swimsuit recordtype (BSD8840). See Materials in Bikiniology for more details.
Judson Rosebush, Bikini Science Hypercard Stack, 1988. 1 picture.