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The How-To Lounge: Shop for the Perfect Bathing Suit

Summer is just a few weeks away, so it's time to get ready for fun in the sun! Chances are you are going to find yourself at the beach or at a poolside BBQ in the next few months, so I am here to offer some no fail tips to keep in mind when you shop for your new swimsuit. No matter what your size or shape, there is a suit out there to flatter every figure so

  • Avoid shopping for swimwear on the Internet. Most swimsuits are non-refundable so I advise you to shop in person
  • No matter what size you are, ignore the tag and concentrate on the fit. Just like fitting a bra, you want to make sure the straps don't dig into your shoulders or ride up your back
  • Regardless of your shape, buy a suit that accentuates your good assets and hides your less favorite parts of your body

If you have a curvy figure...

  • Avoid ruffles and busy prints. Obviously black is the most flattering color, but don't be afraid to experiment. Use color to your advantage and wear darker tones where you carry the most weight
  • If you choose to go for a two piece, don't be afraid to show some skin. Some women gravitate to pieces that "hide" their problems areas, where as wearing less can oftentimes be more flattering
  • If you have a large bust, be sure to wear a top that provides ample support. Halter tops (bikini and one pieces) are the most flattering cut for top heavy women and V-neck is a close second. Stay away from one pieces without built in support and bandeaus
  • Tankinis are a great option for women who want more coverage without giving up the two piece option. Make sure the top is long enough so it doesn't ride up your stomach

If you are pear shaped...

  • Don't hide your hips accentuate them! Choose tie sides for easy adjustment and avoid bottoms with extra coverage, you are bound to look bigger that way
  • If you choose a bikini, opt for a lower raise bottom to create an elongated torso
  • Stay away from boy shorts and one pieces with tank top straps. Pick v-neck, halter or strapless instead to balance out your curves
  • If you need extra coverage in the midsection, buy a suit with rushing or pleats and opt for a higher cut thigh if you feel comfortable
  • Avoid shiny suits as they pick up light and have the ability to show everything

If you have a straight/boy shape...

  • If you need help creating curves, choose suits with ruffles and extra detailing to create more volume up top
  • Again, use color and prints to create shape. Stay way from boxy suits, instead wear cuts that are feminine and create the illusion of more curves
  • Stripes are another good way to play up curves
  • If you prefer one pieces, pick a low cut front and or back to avoid the Speedo look
  • If you pick a top with extra padding, make sure they are securely sewn in as they will absorb excess water

I hope you find these tips helpful. Regardless of your size or shape, the one thing to remember to take to the beach is your confidence... oh, and sunscreen! Happy shopping!


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