Summer is here and it’s time to lose the heavy winter clothes and get into things that are more revealing. Instead of shuddering at the thought of a bathing suite, make the best one work for your body type!
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11Determine your body shape. The following are some common body shapes for women.Pear: You are small-busted with an average-size waist and a large bottomHourglass: You are curvy with a large bust and bottom.Slender: You don’t have many curves.Athletic: You are toned and muscular.Tall: You have long legs and/or a long torso.Petite: You have short legs and/or a short torso.Once you decide which category or categories you fit in you can start looking for styles that will flatter your figure. Check out steps 3 to 5 and decide which fits you best.Step3
If you’re a pear shape, try a suit that draws attention to your bust. This will make you seem less bottom-heavy. If you’re looking for a two-piece go with a print or pattern on top to draw the eye there. You may also want to look for a top with a little extra padding in the cups.It’s OK to wear a solid-bottom with a patterned top. For extra coverage, consider a suit with a skirted bottom. But remember, if the skirt is too long, it can actually make you look heavier. If it’s a one-piece you’re looking for, try something with a plunging neckline or extra flair on the upper section, such as ruffles or funky straps.
If you’re an hour glass shape (or have a very large bust), you may want to try a one-piece suit in a bold color to show off your curves. Suites with empire waists also flatter the hour glass shape, by pulling attention away from the stomach.Don’t let a large bust keep you from wearing a two-piece. Try a halter top or a top with wide straps. Choose a top with a built-in bra for extra support.4
If you’re slender or athletic, sporty suits flatter slender and athletic bodies. Slender women, and most women with toned and muscular bodies, can actually get away with wearing boy shorts without looking bottom-heavy. If you’re tall, an all-over pattern may draw attention away from your height and to the areas you want to show off.
If you have long legs, you may want to accentuate them with a bottom that ties at the hip. If you’re petite, look for a suit that is high-cut in the thigh. This will make your legs look longer. Avoid boy shorts and skirted bottoms, they can actually make your legs look shorter. Go for a design that runs vertically, or stick with bright colored solids. V-shaped necklines also draw the eye up and down, making you appear taller.Step5
Remember you might fit into more than one category. Some women are tall and slender; others are petite and pear-shaped. Knowing the category or categories you fit into will help you narrow the swimming suits to consider, so you can spend your summer at the beach instead of in the dressing room (source).
Tips & Warnings
- Pear shaped body’s should look for wrap tops, V necklines, darker bottoms with lighter tops. You want to down play your hips and bottom and accentuate your bust line.
- Apple shaped bodies should look for vertical stripes and extra control fabrics. The vertical lines will elongate the torso and define the waist, giving a slimming look.
- Shorter people may want to look for a high cut leg which will lengthen the legs helping them to appear taller and thinner.
- Curvy people may want to look for a supportive material, skirt bottomed bathing suit as this will give ample coverage and support.
- Finding the most flattering style bathing suit may lead to fun times, happiness & self confidence (source)!
No one is perfect; they just look perfect because they know what fits them best! Don’t stay inside all summer, buy the right suit and go have some fun!
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)
Andria Smith says