With Memorial Day just weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about swimsuits! Many women hate swimsuit shopping, mostly because it heightens their insecurities and lack of self-confidence. But shopping for swimsuits can be an enjoyable process if you know what to look for. Regardless of body shape, anyone can look great at the beach. All you need to do is find swimsuits that are both fashion-forward and flatter your body type. Read on for some tips…
If you’re small up top and bigger on the bottom (specifically your hips, thighs and rear), you have a pear or triangle body shape. In order to balance you out, choose swimsuits that have busier tops and dark solid-colored bottoms to enhance your bustline and minimize your bottom. For example, Fringe Black by L Space, Mozambique by Vitamin A and Let’s Twist by Gottex Profile are perfect swimsuits for you… and fringe, animal prints and colorblocking are all HUGE trends this season!
|Fringe Black by L Space|
Apple/Inverted Triangle Shapes
On the other hand, if you’re small on the bottom and bigger up top (specifically your bust and shoulders), you have an apple or inverted triangle body type. You need swimsuits that will balance you out and provide great bust support. Choose supportive swimsuits featuring halter or underwire-style tops in dark solid colors paired with more elaborate bottoms. For example, Tricolore Blue by Gottex Profile, Mademoiselle Noir by Vitamin A and Spot On by Vitamin A Silver are perfectly on-trend and right up your alley! Remember that strapless swimsuits are OK as long as they have molded cups and/or optional straps.
|Tricolor Blue by Gottex Profile|
For those of you who are very narrow all around and are non-curvy, you have a boyish or rectangle body shape. Instead of balancing out your look, you want to choose swimsuits that create the illusion of a curvy hourglass figure. For bikini-wearers, go for the mix and match look by choosing either a printed top and a solid bottom or vice versa. Try twist or sweetheart style bandeau tops paired with hipster or Brazilian bottoms like Grey Python Mix by diNeila or Jangala by ViX, both of which feature stylish animal prints with a pop of color. For one-piece swimsuits, try a monokini; the side cutouts create the illusion of curves and they vary in coverage! Check out the animal print Boa Turquesa by Aguaclara or the Network Onyx Monokini by Becca for your classic black style.
|Boa Turquesa by Aguaclara|
This season, choose swimsuits that fit and flatter and you’ll be a guaranteed knockout! Happy shopping!
Susan Bodack manages and writes for Beauty and the Beach, a blog on swimsuits and beach-chic fashion by InStyleSwimwear.com. Check it out today for more swim-related tips!