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Swimwear Shopping Solutions

[ 0 ] April 11, 2012 |

Once we reach May, most of us slip into summer vacation mode. The days are longer, the sun is out and whether you live inland or on the coast it’s the time of year when people love to be by the water. We flock to the lakes, the pools, the rivers, the water parks and the beaches but first we must confront the daunting task that is swimwear shopping.

Bikini/swimsuit shopping is often considered one of the most dreaded and time consuming tasks of the season. And whether it’s the style, colour, fit or support we always find something to worry about: Does my butt look big in this? Does this colour suit me? Will I get weird tan lines?

Starting to sound familiar? (That’s what we thought).

But the thing is shopping for swimwear is only as painful as you make it and with some research and a little help from us you’ll soon be wondering what all the fuss was about.

So now it’s time to answer one of your biggest questions:

“What will work with my body shape?”

First, let’s bust the myth that cute and sexy swimwear is just for those girls who look like they stepped straight out of a magazine – in this instance size certainly doesn’t matter, merely you have to know how to work with what you’ve got.

Fuller Bust

If you’re a little more blessed on top it’s essential that you find yourself a suit that will give you the support you need. Bandeaus and string bikini tops are to be avoided because they’re not going to give you the necessary support to flatter your figure and can often result in a very serious wardrobe malfunction. But before you think that you have to start heading towards the seniors section to find the perfect suit, don’t worry there’s lots of options out there and we’ve picked out a few of our favourites to get you started.

What to look out for:

-        Thick Straps

-        Underwire

-        Plain colours/ Simple patterns

A combination of thick straps and underwire will give you the support that you need to feel safe and secure in your bikini/swimsuit. While plain colours or simple patterns on top paired with a patterned bottom will focus attention on your smaller areas.

Here’s a few suggestions:

Swimwear Full Bust

Smaller Bust

Chances are if you have a small bust swimsuit shopping is equally problematic and getting something that won’t complete flatten you to a pancake isn’t as easy as you might think. Triangle type bikini tops are often recommended for people with this body shape because they think you’re small enough to pull it off right? Well coming from personal experience, this isn’t always true. But that doesn’t mean you’ll want to stay away from them completely – rather you just have to know what to look for. And unlike those with a fuller bust, smaller strappy string bikinis/swimsuits will work for you.

What to look out for:

-        Padding

-        Ruffles

-        Structured/Underwire (to keep and give you some shape)

-        Bright Colours/High Energy Patterns

By looking for some structured suits with padding or push-up you’re likely to feel much more secure about your size and shape. Ruffles will give the appearance of more volume while a high energy pattern will distract attention from your smaller size.

Here’s a few suggestions:Swimwear Small Bust

Fuller Butt/ Hips

If you tend to carry more of your weight around your butt and hips, past swimwear shopping trips have likely caused you some frustration when it comes to finding something that gives you the coverage that you want. But don’t despair because with some of the latest fashions this spring and summer you’re bound to find something that you’ll love, that is both fashionable and functional.

What to look out for:

-        Plain coloured bottoms

-        High-cut leg lines

-        Full bottom coverage

-        Skirted suits/bottoms

Finding a bottom that offers the full coverage you need is important and if that means buying a bigger size, forget about it, size is only a number. High-cut leg lines will give the appearance of a longer and leaner figure while plain coloured bottoms and a brightly coloured top will move the focus elsewhere. Skirted suits are another great option as the extra layer of fabric will flow over your largest areas, again focusing attention away from your fullest parts.

Here’s a few suggestions:

Swimwear Full Butt

Smaller Butt/ Hips

Should the issue of a flat butt be your biggest problem – do not distress as there are lots of quick and easy fixes to this “tiny” problem. Especially if you are larger on top it is important to consider the importance of balancing your body when choosing swimwear and you’ll want to find ways to add some apparent volume to your lower half in order to look proportionate.

What to look out for:

-        Brightly coloured/patterned bottoms

-        Ruched detail

-        Tie’s or detailed bottoms

-        Low rise/hipster styles

Choosing bottoms in a bright colour or pattern will help to draw attention to this area. Tucks or ruching is another great way to add volume and extra interest, while ties or detailed embellishments will mean that the focus is on the decoration as opposed to your size. Having a smaller bottom half will also mean that you can wear low-rise or hipster style bottoms to highlight your smaller hips and lean look in a positive way.

Here’s a few suggestions:

Swimwear Small Butt

Tummy Troubles

Unless you’re a supermodel in training, a fitness enthusiast or a professional athlete, it’s probably not plausible to have a completely perfect body complete with well defined abs. In fact for many the most common place for our weight to gather is around our tummy. So if you fall into this category and the thought of a bikini doesn’t have you jumping for joy, you might be thinking that you’re going to be stuck with a boring one piece that will make you look anything but exciting. But if this is what you’ve been building yourself up for, you’ll be happy to know that the days of plain jane one pieces are a thing of the past and in fact some of the most stylish suits this season are designed to keep those few extra pounds as your own secret.

What to look out for:

-        One-piece suits

-        Ruching around your stomach

-        Flowy tankinis

-        Balcony/corset tops

-        High-waisted bottoms

One-piece suits are a great option as they will give you extra support around your trouble areas. Ruching around your stomach is probably one of the best ways to distract attention from any imperfections and often gives some extra firmness and hold around your stomach. If you would rather disguise your fuller stomach opt for a flowy tankini that will camouflage your tummy. The newest trend of balcony/corset tops and high-waisted bottoms is another perfect fit. The boning in the top will offer you a tuck just below your bust to emphasize your upper curves and high-waisted bottoms will help to disguise any lower “pooch” areas.

Here’s a few suggestions:

Swimwear Tummy Trouble

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