Choosing the best swim suit for your body type
This is a comprehensive guide to the best fitting swim suit for your body shape and size.
Finding a swimsuit can be a daunting task at times. Not only are there many different styles, colors, brands and sizes to pick from, which one will be most flattering for your body shape? Look no more. This guide to choosing the right swimsuit will help you ease the task of finding the perfect fit.
The start of swimsuit season can mean dread for some women. After the winter season, it is hard to peel off the layers of clothing and slip into a revealing piece of fabric for the summer, but if you are like most women, it has to be done.
Knowing your own body shape can take a lot of stress out of finding the right suit. Take a look in a full-length mirror to determine what that shape is. Are you bigger on the bottom than on the top? Do you have an hourglass figure? What do you want to enhance or conceal? These are a few of the questions to ask yourself before you head out to the fitting rooms.
If you are fuller on the bottom and want a more flattering suit for your figure, you can choose the popular swim dress. These suits are one piece that are fitted at the top to slim your upper torso and continues into a skirted bottom that camouflages the hips, thighs and bottom.
Another option for the body type that has a larger, lower half is the boy short. This type of bathing suit bottom has a low rise and maximum hip and back coverage. It is similar to men’s swim trunks, but tailored to a women’s body.
For the fuller-busted women, a way to minimize the upper half is with wearing a swim tank. These tank tops have higher necklines to elongate the figure, gives ample support and full coverage to the waist.
Another way of de-emphasizing the top half is to try color blocking. By wearing a different color top and another color swimsuit bottom will detract from an un-proportioned body.
To flatter a fuller, round figure, try wearing a one-piece bandeau suit. This piece will smooth the tummy area and hide flaws. It also has no straps, so it creates the appearance of a longer torso and leaves the neck, shoulder and chest area exposed to balance the look of the body.
If you are lucky enough to have a shapely, hourglass figure, a halter or a triangle bikini is best for you. Since the body is balanced, a two- piece can be worn without breaking up the flow of the body. A halter or triangle top dips low between the cups and ties around the neck to accentuate the upper half. The bottoms can be classic or string cut that shows maximum leg exposure to keep the body looking symmetrical.
If you are concerned with not having enough curves, try a one-piece halter wrap suit. This piece dips low in front and ties around the neck like a halter top. The material is wrapped around the waist area to carve out a silhouetted figure. The bottom of the suit can also be high on the sides to round out the legs and bottom.
Color and patterns also can be a factor in choosing a suit. Just like with clothing choices, darker colors conceal and lighter colors emphasize. Also keep in mind that if the suit has patterns or bright colors, it will draw attention to that particular area.
These are the basics for finding the right swimsuit for your body type. If searching for the perfect piece is still stressful, bring a friend along to give opinions or take advantage of the many types of stylish cover-ups that are popular now. Anything from sheer harem pants to terry cloth pullovers and sarongs will pull you through the summer bathing suit months.