Many women would rather endure a plague than entertain the notion of going swimsuit shopping. Harsh fitting room lighting coupled with trying on ill-fitting and unflattering swimwear can lead to frustration and disappointment. Trying on swimsuits tends to bring perceived flaws and insecurities to the surface. Body shapes play an important role in navigating the swimsuit waters. Once you understand and can appreciate your body shape and how to accentuate your favorite features while concealing your least-favorite body parts, you will be able to shop for a swimsuit with confidence. Instead of taking hours navigating through countless brick-and-mortal retail stores and malls, you can walk into any retailer and instantly pick the perfect suit for your body type.
A woman with an apple-shape figure will often have thin legs and a short torso. She tends to carry her weight in her mid-section, so playing up the legs and drawing the eye away from the tummy becomes the goal. A tankini is a great swimsuit option for downplaying weight in the midsection. A tankini is a two-piece bathing suit with a fitted bikini-style bottom and a tank, or camisole-style, top. A tankini may have a built-in shelf or floating-frame foam bra and a loose-fitting panel of fabric that gently drapes over the tummy area. Some tankini swimsuits will showcase a hidden interior shaping panel at the waist and figure-flattering ruching to minimize the waist and create a more shapely silhouette. Look for a tankini with a high-cut bottom to draw the eye to the long and lean look of the legs. A bottom with a high-cut leg also makes the legs appear longer and gives a slimming look.
Women with pear-shape bodies tend to have a small waist and carry their weight in the rear and upper legs. A skirted swimsuit with a halter neck strap is a great choice for pear shapes. The halter strap draws the attention and focus upward, and the flowy skirted bottom conceals a shapely rear and the upper legs. A skirted suit traditionally plays up the waistline with body-hugging fabric that has a fit-and-flare shape over the rear to give the overall look of proportion. A swimsuit with a side-tie bottom is also flattering for pear shapes. The bottom can be tied and adjusted to create a perfect customized fit.
If you have a small and proportional frame without many curves, you will want to choose a swimsuit style that gives the illusion of flounce and creates a feminine and shapely silhouette. A monokini is a one-piece suit that can be overtly sexy or subtle. A monokini will traditionally feature an open back with curvy cut outs on the front sides of the suit. The front and center of the monokini typically offers the most coverage. The cutaway details create the illusion of an hourglass figure. A bikini with a flap of flouncy fabric at the bust and a side-tie bikini bottom will add volume at all the right places and give the illusion of a more curvy silhouette. Similarly, a bikini top with push-up padding paired with a high-waist bikini bottom will also create a shapely silhouette.
Curvy: Hourglass Silhouettes
According to this article on Forbes, the secret to finding the perfect swimsuit for a curvy body is to look for a suit with maximum support. Women with an hourglass silhouette typically have a balanced frame with an ample bust, small waistline, shapely hips and full thighs. A swimsuit with underwire support and modesty padding are important features to consider. Wide-set or halter-style straps also help to support a larger bust. Virtually any type of swimsuit bottom will complement a woman with an hourglass silhouette.
While styles, trends and silhouettes of swimsuits my change with each new season and in different cultures as Wikipedia suggests, the key to outfitting yourself in the summer beach months is to focus on playing up your favorite features and concealing or minimizing your least-favorite body parts. Start by picking a swimsuit in a silhouette that will complement your physique, then look for fun and trendy swimwear in those silhouettes. Never be afraid to play with color or pattern, and embrace your body.