I was on the fence about the bare necessities cut because I didn't want to show up at the pool with, ahem, stuff hangin' out for the world to see. I was pleasantly surprised that this suit covered not *quite* as much as bases covered but enough to make me feel comfortable wearing it in public. It's also super comfortable and a little stretchier than some of the other Coeur swimsuits I've bought. And I love the Bolt design - so cute!!