It’s beach season! And you know what that means, right? Bathing suits, and the seemingly-impossible task of finding something that doesn’t make you look and feel fat, ugly and about as sexy as a beached whale.
Don’t worry, we’ve got the best tips for finding swimsuits for your shape. These will flatter your figure, highlighting your best features and drawing attention away from the rest.
Swimsuits for a small bust
If you’ve got a boyish shape, you can add the illusion of curves (and bust) by getting swimsuits with an underwire and padding. However, the padding must look
natural, and the material and print of the swimsuit must be substantial enough that the padding won’t show through once you hit the water. Little details like ruffles around the neck or bust area can also make that area look bigger. Strong patterns, like polka dots or patterns, or a metal accent, can also help add a little ‘oomph’ to your bust.
Swimsuits for a large bust
The most important thing is to get a swimsuit that gives adequate support, such as under4wire or a built
in bra. Swimsuits with thicker straps can help prevent sag. Stay away from bandeaus, keyholes, string bikinis and demi bras, which will only make you look bigger.
Don’t try to get a smaller size just to ‘squeeze’ those girls in, because any spillage will just make your bust area look bigger (literally, your cups floweth over).
Swimsuits that hide a big tummy
Camouflage belly bulge by picking styles that draw attention upwards, like a halter cut with a plunging neckline. You may also want to find styles where fabrics criss-cross under the breast. Pick large patterns that run across the mid section, or any pattern that will keep the eye moving. Material is also crucial: look for something with more tummy control, like spandex. If you want a two-piece suit consider a tankini, but the fit should be perfect so you don’t have any love handles spilling over the top.
Swimsuits that flatter thighs and behind
Boy shorts tend to make legs look fatter and stockier. Also stay clear of prints and ruffles in the bottom half: solids will create the illusion of a smaller silhouette especially if paired with a top with big and bold print. You can also look for empire cuts and chest details, which also draw the eye upwards. High cuts can make your legs look thinner and taller.
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