Swimwear. This word strikes fear in the hearts of women every summer. Not anymore! This season, be ready for the beach, the pool or even your backyard hot tub with a few simple tips to help you discover your inner “bathing beauty” and take her out for a dip.
The savvy swimwear shopper knows how to flatter her shape…with very little fabric. That’s where strategy comes in. Playing up your assets is first and foremost, but we want to ensure that your “not-so-favorite” parts are attended to. So, if you have…
Small busts and a full bottom: Try ruffles or gathering—anything that will pump up the volume. Demi-cups or pads will give the girls extra oomph. At the same time, a skirted bottom will provide coverage and comfort when chasing little ones or playing in the sand. (photo 1)
A bit of a tummy: A one-piece suit (photo 2) with ruching (gathering down the sides) or a tankini (photo 3) will take care of that. Color-block suits with a light color up on top, and black on the bottom or an empire waist suit (with a band under the breasts) will draw the eye up. The result: What tummy?
Big “girls”: Support your bust with a sturdy halter that won’t let them down. Underwire could be your best friend or a band under the breasts will maintain structure (photo 4). Flimsy triangles are not an option!
There is a swimsuit out there for everyone…maybe even two! The same suit you wear to the neighborhood pool party may not be the one you wear at a Mexican resort or on a Caribbean cruise. Just save the thong for your next trip to Rio. Trust me, it’s for the best.
Fitting room confidential: A three-way mirror can really be annoying, but in this case, it’s a lifesaver. Take this opportunity to view yourself from the front and back. Move. Squat; bend; jump—all within the privacy of your fitting room where no one can see. The suit should fit your body in motion, as you will be when you’re wearing it.