Everyone wants to beat the heat and humidity, this summer. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do so, is by taking a refreshing dip in the pool or lounging around at the beach. However, the brings up the dreaded question of bathing suit shopping, which can be a nightmare in itself for most.
Following these basic tips, can lead you in the right direction, to finding your perfect suit, so it isn’t such a dreaded task after all. A lot of these basic tips, can also be applied to finding and shopping for properly fitting undergarments in general.
Bear the following tips in mind:
Know your body type:
Your shape, meaning where you naturally distribute your weight, determines which swimsuit will look best on you. Measure your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point, and bust at the fullest point for the best reference, since swimsuit sizing and styling depend on these ratios. Here are some suggested interpretations of your body shape:
Pear shape: If your hips are significantly wider than both your waist and bust, you’re probably a pear shape.
Apple shape: If your waist is significantly wider than your hips, and equal to or nearly as wide as your bust, you might be an apple shape.
Straight Shape (also known as ruler or banana shape): If you’re thin all around, with no significant difference between your hips, waist and bust, you’re a straight shape.
Hourglass shape: If your bust and hips are about the same width, but your waist is significantly smaller, you’re a classic hourglass shape.
Refer to this first picture for reference:
Choose colors and fabrics that will highlight your best features and downplay your less-loved parts!
- To highlight a feature you like, use a bright color or pattern.
- To hide something you don’t like, use a solid, mono-toned color.
- If you have pale skin, use black or deep jewel tones, such as dark purple, navy, and maroon.
- If you have dark skin, bright colors can actually be more flattering and help hide what you don’t like.
- To add volume (such as to the bust or hips), choose a piece with ruffles in that area.
- To hide volume (such as on the waist), use shirred or ruched fabric.
- Don’t be afraid to buy separates that don’t match perfectly! Say you want to highlight your bust but draw attention away from your hips. You might buy a bikini top in a bright solid or pattern, and a bottom that’s a dark black, blue, or brown (depending on the top.
Select the right cut:
Here’s a quick rundown of what you might want to favor / avoid:
- A one-piece will hide your waist. Choose one with shirred panels over the stomach, or in a dark, solid color.
- A 1940s-style, bathing-beauty bottom, that’s high-waisted can also help hide a waist. Again, go with a dark color or shirring.
- A tankini will highlight your waist, because it draws the eye to the section of skin that’s showing. If you love your waist, but not so much your hips or bust, choose this.
- Boyshorts make your hips look wider, regardless of color. If you have a large bust and want the hips to match for a classic hourglass shape, choose boyshorts. However, be aware that this style can feel uncomfortable for some women, so be certain of fit before you purchase anything.
- High-cut bikini bottoms make legs look longer. If you’re short, or you’re long in the torso, this is a good selection.
- Halter tops draw attention to the bust, as do triangle tops.
- Tie-front bikini tops draw the eye to the bust, as well as pulling the breasts closer to one another, effectively making them look larger. If you have small breasts and want them to look larger, this might be a good fit.
- Bandeau tops will make the bust seem wider. If you’re a pear shape and you want to imitate an hourglass shape, choose a bandeau top with ruffles or another busy detail.
- For a large bust, look for a straight across cut at the top of your swimsuit with wide set straps to minimize your bust. Try a bikini top with an underwire and a thick chest band for extra support. A thick chest band will prevent jiggling so that the bra stays where it should be and you can’t fall out.
Select the swimsuit suitable to its primary use:
It’s pointless buying a string bikini if you plan on swimming laps or surfing; it’ll be floating off in no time, embarrassing you to no end. Bikinis are fairly limited in terms of active workouts in a pool or the sea, but a more solid tankini would hang in there no problems. Sports swimsuits often have added features to help with support, streamlining, and comfort, so check them out if you’re planning on doing more than keeping cool by the pool.
- Most lifeguard work requires a one piece swimsuit in a plain color, perhaps the color of your lifesaving crew. You might also need to add shorts or a wetsuit to complete the uniform.
- One piece swimsuits can be very sexy, especially when you choose nice colors and a flattering fit for your body.
Ask a professional for help:
If you’ve tried shopping on your own and just can’t find anything that works,don’t be afraid to request some assistance. Go to a store, that carries styles you generally like and ask a salesperson for his or her take on your situation. Be upfront about what you like and what you want to hide and don’t be afraid of the feedback you get. Just respond in a polite manner and in accordance and you’ll probably end up with something you like.
Don’t Be Afraid To Spend Money:
Quality can cost. So, don’t be afraid to invest in a good suit, if it truly fits you well. You’ll be using it all season, photographed in it, and seen by others. It’s worth spending some extra money on.
Bear these tips in mind whether shopping for swim suits or under-garments in general! You’ll surely be a cool and breezy fashionista, who is always fabulous. Blume’s Of Patchouge is a great place to find an array of suits and get professional fittings and advice. Helen Of Troy in Massapequa, is great for under-garments in general. Happy Shopping! Stay Cool!