The Original Thong Bottom

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Rudi Says: “I wanted to design something as close as possible to being nude but covering everything that was not allowed to be shown.” And so was born the Original Thong. This streamlined, cut-across-the-hip thong bottom is as pure and daring as it was during its 1974 debut. Combining clean curves with comfort and support, it's already a wear-everywhere essential in bold Black and stand-out Ivory. Minimal material, maximum exposure and graphic impact just where you want it - framing your finest assets. All you need to pack for a perfect tan. Rudi Says: Less is always more. Free International Shipping on all orders.  

74% Polyamide, 26% Elastane

Made in Italy

This swimsuit can be machine washed on a delicate cycle, however, hand-washing is recommended as the best method to preserve the quality of your garment.

Black / Model
Black / Model
Black / Model
Black / Model
Black / Model
Ivory / Model
Ivory / Model
Ivory / Model
Ivory / Model
Ivory / Model
Ivory / Packshot
Black / Packshot
Size Guide

Male US

Size S M L XL
Bust 36¼-37¾ 37¾-39¼ 39¼-41 41-42½
Waist 29¼-30¾ 30¾-32¼ 32¼-33¾ 33¾-35½
Low Hip 35½-37 37-38½ 38½-40 40-41¾

Male INT

Size S M L XL
Size S M L XL
Bust 92-96 96-100 100-104 104-108
Waist 74-78 78-82 82-86 86-90
Low Hip 90-94 94-98 98-102 102-106

Female US

Size XS S M L XL
US 0/2 2/4 4/6 6/8 8/10
Bust 30¾-32¼ 32¼-33¾ 33¾-35½ 35½-37 37-38½
Waist 24-25½ 25½-27¼ 27¼-28¾ 28¾-30¼ 30¼-31¾
Low Hip 34¾-36¼ 36¼-37¾ 37¾-39¼ 39¼-40¾ 40¾-42¼

Female INT

Size XS S M L XL
EU 34 36 38 40 42
Bust 78-82 82-86 86-90 90-94 94-98
Waist 61-65 65-69 69-73 73-77 77-81
Low Hip 88-92 92-96 96-100 100-104



One size fits all


Orders are typically shipped within 1-2 business days following the order confirmation. Shipping costs vary depending on the shipping destination and weight of the purchased products. All orders are shipped on DDP (Delivery Duty Paid) basis, meaning that taxes and duties are included in the shipping costs.

During high-volume sale periods, it may take up to 3 business days to dispatch your order. RUDI GERNREICH is not responsible for any delays caused by unforeseen circumstances or destination customs clearance processes.

Countries Service Price Delivery Time
Europe (EU, GB) DHL Express Free 1-3
USA DHL Express Delivered Duty Paid Free 1-4
Iceland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican City, Ukraine. DHL Express Delivered Duty Paid Free 2-4
China, Hong Kong, Middle East Countries DHL Express Delivered Duty Paid Free 3-6
Rest of world DHL Express Delivered Duty Paid Free 3-6

Estimated delivery times are to be used only as an approximated guideline and commence from the date of dispatch. Final prices for countries not expressly listed are calculated at checkout stage.

Please note that we don’t deliver to North Korea, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Belarus, Myanmar/Burma, Lebanon and P.O. boxes. Orders made to these addresses will be automatically canceled.

Last modified: June 30th, 2019

Care Information
  • Rinse in clear water after every use, do not soak
  • Hand-wash in cold water using a mild soap meant for delicate fabrics. Excessive or incorrect use of laundry detergent may alter the appearance of your swimsuit
  • Wash separately, do not mix with other colors
  • Dry flat in the shade
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Dry clean, any solvent except trichloroethylene
  • Sunblock, lotions, oils, and chlorine can cause discoloration - this is not a manufacturing defect