Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Swimsuit Guide: What To Wear For Your Body

One of the worst things a girl has to do is try on bathing suits. Yesterday, I went shopping for some new bathing suits and left the dressing room empty handed, disappointed, and frustrated. I do have a cute skirted bottom at home (Victoria's Secret) that I love because it conceals my hips and love handles but I'm tired of the color black and wanted to find another bottom in a brighter color.

Majority of what's on the racks are for skinny minnies or plus sized women, but what about the in between girls? What about women with hourglass, busty, apple, petite, and pear figures? It's tough for women to find what works for them if they're not a stick figure. And even petite women have a hard time finding something that isn't too loose.

After Memorial Day fashion magazines and blogs go into describing the best bathing suit for your body type and for the most part, they are on point. Other times they miss completely. One common complaint is the models used to depict curvy women are all skin and bones and makes it impossible for the reader to visualize themself in that swimsuit. Other is that the advice just doesn't make sense or the average price of a suggested piece is way too much. Well, I want to change that! By combining my experience of swimsuit shopping along with taking the best of the best in shopping advice, and thinking of your financial budget (most pieces are $100 or less!!), I'll share with you what I know to be true. So let's start! 

Athletic body types have two main choices: create a more feminine shape through ruffles, flirty floral or stripes OR go the complete opposite with a sleek suit, cutouts and seaming.

Deep necklines and bustier tops like a halter are your friends, rock it! Embrace what your mama gave you. Please avoid the bandeua, I've never seen a woman wear it right and it doesn't do anything for any chest size.

You have a hard time finding suits that fit you right. Often times the bottoms are too big. Try a string bikini! You can cinch the side ties for a snug fit. You can have a lot of fun with wild and loud prints but stay away from solid colors. Embellished pieces add extra volume to where you want.

Don't feel that you can only go to the one piece. You can work a two piece as long as the top have adjustable straps, underwire, and extra support. A sweetheart neckline creates pinup-worthy cleavage and lots of support 

A classic midrise bikini, or a bikini bottom with side strings are amazing because you can adjust to avoid annoying bumps and lumps. For a two piece, try a color blocking your bikini with the bottoms a darker solid print and the top a lighter solid print. A wrapped one piece will also flatter your curves and camouflage your tummy.
This is a problem I face (large hips and a hourglass figure). Usually, women try to minimize their hips through boy shorts but the focus goes to top of the thighs, the widest part of your body. High-cut briefs lengthens your legs, makes you look leaner, and draws the eye away from the hips to your small waist. If you feel uncomfortable in a bikini bottom, go for a skirt but avoid ones with more than an inch past your bottom. I hate being in a one piece because from my backside, the eyes go right to my hips and makes my bottom look smaller.

I hoped this What To Wear - Swimsuit Edition helped!
What tips do YOU follow?
Share what works for you in the comments below

P.S. Tomorrow, in the series, will be all about effective toning techniques to help you feel your best. Stay Tuned!!

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1 comment:

Sam said...

Great advice, i wish there was a way to merge all the best of each of these types of suits into one! Lol. Thanks for your fashion input on my last post! Hope your week is going well.

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