It’s officially summer and some of us have been amping-up our workouts
, because Swimsuit Season! That said, walking out in those itty-bitty things can prove to be empowering (if you're feeling good about yourself) or intimidating at times (having a fat day?). Well, if you want to improve your odds and have more 'fierce' days than 'anxious' ones, a simple trick like wearing the right suit for your body type can make all the difference—no, really!
Who said skin is in or one-pieces are passé? The only thing that's fashionable is what looks good on you. For confidence that will have you sashaying down the beach swinging your arms like a true bikini babe, ID your body and find your match with our BodyShaper Swimsuit
If you’re heavier at the bottom, there are a few things to keep in mind while picking out a bathing suit. The key is to know exactly how to balance your proportions and get the coverage you need for your bottom half:
- A true classic would be a suit in a solid color with a clean-skirted bottom that falls just below the largest part of the thighs.
- Always avoid those boy shorts or thick-banded bottoms. Wearing those styles will only amplify the area you're trying to cover.
- Drawing attention away from your booty by sporting a plunging neckline or eye-catching top/cami is the way to go.
- We're loving this Magicsuit Ruched One-Piece Halter Swimdress retailing at $172. You can buy it here.
You’re blessed, you well-endowed beauty. Embrace your girls by showing them off tastefully with a swimsuit that has adequate support and structuring in the area. Here’s what you want to look for:
- Bathing suits that give you a bra-like support, maybe even with underwires and thicker than normal straps to hold you up and firm are a good idea.
- Choose suits that come with molded cups. They prevent undercuts, chafind, sagging and flapping of your bosom buddies.
- Your safest bet would be choosing a suit that’s marked with cup sizes. This means they’re designed to support larger ta-tas.
- Try the Ted Baker London 'Scube' One-Piece Swimsuit which sells for $149. You can buy it here.
Your small little fortune is the easiest thing to work with because most stunning swimsuits, complete with cuts, frills, lace and details are fashioned for A cups. Summer is your playground and no cleavage length is too shocking or skinny strap too inappropriate. Here’s how can amp-up your assets for a bigger impact:
- The shape of the cups go a long way. Triangular and halter tops that center your girls lend the illusion of curves. Don’t hold back when it comes to patterns and color either!
- Opt for bikini tops with a padded push-up effect. This will give the girls a boost, and make them really stand out.
- Smaller breasts mean you can boldly embrace tiny scoop tops or bandeaus, or even sport crop tops and handkerchief wraps over your bikini bottoms.
- Perhaps you could check out the Tori Praver Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Top for $35 that is available here.
For those who have a toned body but fewer curves, you should'nt worry so much about coverage; focus on cut and form. Pick bathing suits that give the illusion of curves in all the right places. Here are some guidelines:
- Go for bold—ruffles, prints, embellishments—they’re all going to add a feminine flair to the suit to make you appear well-rounded.
- Your best bet is a monokini—maybe a one-piece bikini with circular front-to-back cut-outs around the midriff.
- For the bottom, avoid larger waist bands or full coverage. The tinier the piece, the fuller you’ll appear. Choose bikini bottoms that can be tied up at the sides.
- If you’re wondering what we have in mind, check out the Boohoo Lille Polka Dot Bandeau Bikini available for $26 here.
Don't let a little belly chub bring you down. For those who are conscious of their mid-section, a tank top that falls below the heaviest part of your tummy is a great hack. Here are some other things to keep in mind:
- Pick a suit with the shirring effect. What this does is simple—the gathered fabric conceals any bulges or bumps and draws attention to the smallest part of your waist.
- If you carry the weight in your lower belly, opt for a retro-chic suit complete with the high-waist bottoms that let you show just a little bit of your midriff.
- Any suit with a wrapping or gathering effect will work in your favor.
- To know what we mean, check out this adorable Peplum Halter Tankini retailing at $78 on Anthropologie.
If you’re a curvy girl—full bust, hips, thighs and booty—what you’re looking for is something that will give you ample support and show off your beautiful figure. With this body, it’s all about aesthetics so steer clear of monokinis or string bikinis; they will only draw attention to your widest areas. Here’s what to do instead:
- With curves, it’s all about the color. Opt for suits that employ color-blocking in their design. This is a sure-shot way to highlight your shape.
- Another option for the curvy woman is asymmetric suits. What this does is immediately draw attention to the neckline (and away from problem areas), emphasizing the feminine beauty of a woman’s neck and collarbone.
- You must take a look at the ASOS Mesh Panel Cupped Swimsuit available for $48 here.
Now we’re sure you’re going to take this new-found information and head to your favorite store. But remember, confidence goes a long way, so be proud of the skin you're in and rock that bathing suit #LikeABoss!