Okay...donít run away. I know...just the thought of buying swimwear can drive some of us insane. I mean after all most of us donít
think bathing suits flatter us at all. But, if you choose your bathing suit to flatter your body rather than expose its weak points,
youíre going to end up loving your swimwear.
Go Up A Size
Get the number out of your head. When it comes to swimwear, itís normal to wear a suit thatís one and maybe even two sizes larger
than your normal dress size. For some reason, swimwear isnít usually sized like normal clothing. So if you usually wear a Size 6 but
think a Size 8 swimsuit is more comfortable, donít freak out. Itís not about the numbers, itís about whatís comfortable. When you
wear a bathing suit that fits you right, youíll automatically look better than when you tried to squeeze into a too-small piece
just because the size was smaller!
Look For Support
So you canít wear a bra under your swim wear but that doesnít mean your breasts should be ignored. Whether youíre busty or have a
smaller chest, there are bathing suits designed to accentuate your positives. For example, if youíre top heavy, you should go for
swimwear that has adequate support. This means an under-wired top or a halter neck are great ideas. Also, make sure the straps are
wide and not skinny spaghetti straps. Broader straps provide more support than you realize.
But what if youíve got a smaller bust and donít want to look flat-chested without your push-up bra? Simple! Go for a bathing suit
that has a bit of padding. Remember not to overdo it and choose padding that looks natural and not like you had an overdose of a
plastic injection! If youíd rather do without the padding, pick swimwear that has ruffles or detailing around the bust. Bandeau
styles are great because theyíre known to make women appear top-heavy.
Take a good look at yourself. If your torso is proportionate with the rest of your body then you donít have to worry but for some of
us, our torsos are too long or too short when compared to the rest of our body.
If youíve got a shorter torso, you need to elongate it and a great way to do this is by wearing vertical stripes or patterns that
create the lengthening illusion. On the other hand, if your torso is longer, you must steer clear of the vertical stripes and instead
focus on styles that elongate your legs instead by wearing a piece with a high cut legline. Or, you could focus the attention on
your neck, by wearing a bathing suit with a low neckline.
If youíve got wider hips or an ample bottom and would like a swimsuit that tones it down a little, you neednít worry. The basic idea
is not to draw attention to your bottom so I would say go for a two piece with a darker, one-toned bottom and a printed or patterned
top. Darker colors always have a way of creating a slimming illusion. Choose a piece with a fuller bottom rather than a skimpy number.
Luckily for us, we live in a time where swimsuits are almost always designed with tummy control, especially one piece suits. If
youíre heavy around the middle, a one piece bathing suit is always a wise choice. A low neckline is a good way of drawing attention
away from your midsection. A bit of ruching or draping is also a good way to hide your belly. If youíd still prefer a two piece, a
tankini is always a better option than a bikini.
Like any other outfit, colors can have an effect on the way your body looks in a bathing suit. Darker colors disguise problem areas
while lighter and pastel colors draw attention. Also, mismatched two pieces are a good way of focusing attention on positive areas.
Wear a block of color on the part youíd rather hide away and wear a printed or patterned piece on the part youíd like to accentuate.
Patterns & Prints
Remember, prints and patterns have a way of making your body seem larger than it already is. So if youíre going for the slimming effect,
choose small to medium size prints and leave those large floral prints out. Stripes also need to be used wisely. While vertical
stripes can be slimming, horizontal stripes can widen your appearance!
Sensible choice of colors, patterns and styles can make anyone look sexy in a bathing suit so the next time you go shopping, keep these tips in mind!