With spring comes swimsuit season, and while it means warm weather and spending time in the sun, many women find looking for bathing suits intimidating.
However, finding the right swimsuit for your body type doesn’t have to be a chore, especially if you focus on choosing one that’s fun, flattering and “suits” your body to perfection. Here are a few tips for finding a swimsuit that will have you lounging by the pool or beach with confidence:
Think about your body type
As with any other item of clothing, the first step to finding a great bathing suit is to consider your body type and what you love about it. This will allow you to decide what you want to accentuate and what you’d rather downplay. If you love your upper body and stomach, but aren’t so fond of your hips and thighs, try a suit with a shorts, skirt or sarong bottom and use details that draw the eye upward. Or, if you have athletic legs but would rather cover up your tummy, try a full coverage one-piece that makes your legs the main attraction. Go swimsuit shopping with clear goals for what you want the bathing suit to accomplish.
One piece vs. two piece
Now that you know what you want your swimsuit to do, it’s time to find one you love. The first decision to make is between a one-piece or two-piece suit. One-piece swimsuits are great for plus-size ladies because they keep the body secure and supported. However, if you’re taller, you may find a two-piece suit fits your torso a little better. Plus, with tankini tops, it’s easy to find a two-piece suit that you can mix and match with other tops and bottoms while still staying covered.
Get enough support
For ladies with large busts, finding a bathing suit with enough support is essential. Keeping your breasts supported will shave off the appearance of some extra pounds and make your body look like a perfect hourglass. Find swimsuits with thick straps, full and supportive cups or wide elastic under the bust line.
Consider the neckline
Necklines can make a huge difference when it comes to how the suit makes your body look. Sweetheart and plunging necklines draw attention to the bust and make it appear larger, which is perfect for pear-shaped ladies. On the other hand, high or straight necklines make the bust look a little smaller.
Use ruching and ruffles
If you want to downplay your stomach area, try finding a suit or tankini top with ruching or ruffles around the stomach area. They act as camouflage, making any lumps or bumps seem like part of the suit.
Capitalize on colors and prints
The same color and print fashion rules apply when looking for bathing suit. Prints can add a lot of excitement and fun to your bathing suit, but like ruching and ruffles, they can also camouflage any areas you’d like to hide. If you’re trying to downplay wider hips, wear dark-colored bottoms and a bright top to draw attention upward!
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