I try to avoid wearing a bathing suit whenever possible, and I don’t think I’m alone. I’m not a swimmer, my skin won’t tolerate the sun and I’m not overly fond of going in the water, which I consider excellent
excuses reasons to avoid wearing one. There are still times when I need a bathing suit so I’m sharing some tips for choosing one that flatters your shape.
Embrace Ruching, Color Blocking, and Pattern
Those little pleats can be invaluable for camouflaging any lumps or bumps you may have. Pattern distracts the eye and color blocking can visually slim your shape. This suit is a perfect example of color blocking at it’s best. It slims the silhouette by focusing attention on the dark center.
Choose a flattering color
A common choice for bathing suits is black because it hides a multitude of sins. Unfortunately, black can look stark and unflattering against pale, bare flesh. Other dark colors also hide sins and might be more complementary to your skin tone. A medium or pale color that provides less contrast is often more flattering. Beware of opacity and check it in all lighting conditions. No one wants to come out of the water and realize their suit has become transparent.
Choose the right shape
Looking to camouflage your tummy? Choose a one-piece. Minimizer suits really do slim your middle so they’re a great option. Tankini’s also cover your tummy but can “float up” in the water.
Have heavier thighs? Avoid boy shorts or leg openings that are horizontal.
Short legs? Choose higher cut leg openings that are on a diagonal which lengthen the look of your leg.
Small Bust? Look for tops with a ruffle or detail on top to help balance your hips.
Large bust? Be sure your suit offers strong support. Look for designs with adjustable straps to personalize your fit. Molded cups and underwires help to maintain your shape.
Consider a Swim Dress
A swim dress is a traditional bathing suit with the addition of a skirt. It provides more coverage than a tankini and less than a muumuu. They tend to be mid-thigh length or shorter because they are meant for you to wear swimming.
Wrap sarongs are an easy way to cover your lower portion. These look best when color coordinated to your suit.
Caftans are a cool and colorful option offering maximum coverage. Full-length options look more elegant and can take you from poolside to dinner, in the right fabric.
I haven’t bought a bathing suit for many years and am not looking forward to it. Changing room lights seem the most unflattering in the bathing suit section and the greenish lights don’t help.
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Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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