Finding the right fit for your body is key in a successful wardrobe buy. Swimsuit designers share their tips on how to choose the right swimsuit for your body type.
SWIMSUIT FOR A CURVY BODY
2015 is definitely the year of the booty…so embrace it and the rest of your hourglass curves!
“The most important thing to consider is fit. Does the suit really fit you and do you feel comfortable in it. Don’t be afraid to try on a suit that is a size up from what you normally wear,” says swimsuit designer Trina Turk.
Still, Reyhan Sofraci of the swimsuit label Aqua Di Lara cautions against automatically opting for larger designs. “There is this misunderstanding that bigger bottoms make your backside look smaller, but it’s the complete opposite actually. It’s important to keep an eye out on the rise and the angled cuts of the legs of the suit. A higher leg line will make legs looks longer and a lower leg line will make hips look wider,” says Sofraci. “One of the main concerns I get with ladies ordering custom swimsuits is they want to wear something that makes them feel pretty, but doesn’t have so much coverage that they feel like they’re wearing their grandmother’s swimsuit,” says Kathleen Bruening of the swimsuit brand Kate Swim, who notes that “With a larger chest, your main concern is support. Large chests generally don’t work very well with a triangle top. Better options are a halter style, a bandeau with straps, or even something a little more sporty, such as a racerback.”
SWIMSUIT TO HIDE A TUMMY
Everyone has those days when a belly-baring swimsuit just isn’t in the cards. Thankfully, design details like ruching, a peplum, a plunging neckline or even a pair of high-waisted bikini briefs work to conceal.
“One-pieces are a great option for someone who wants to camouflage their stomach,” says Turk. “They provide structure and support and can help shape the waistline. Also, choosing a suit with detailing on the top will help draw the eye up and away from the stomach region.”
“When women are concerned about their tummy, they tend to just cover up everything, even though they may have a beautiful back or shoulders,” adds Bruening. “Choose a swimsuit that shows off what you love about your body and that will de-emphasize the tummy area. A one-piece with tummy control and princess seaming—a seam or a cutout that runs vertically along the sides of your waist and gives the illusion of a smaller waist—will also bring more proportion to your body.”
Still, Sofraci says you don’t need to write off bikinis just yet. “Bikinis are still good options, especially with the new fringe styles that can cover your tummy area—they can be stylish and fun!”
SWIMSUIT FOR A SMALL CHEST
Work with what your mama gave you, including a small chest. There are always tricks to give the girls a boost.
“I really appreciate threedimensional (3D) textures on a small chest, such as a beautiful ruffle top,” says Bruening. “3D textures almost add a cup size. You may also want to go a size smaller than normal to give you a little more cleavage, show just a touch more skin, and open up your frame.”
“A brightly coloured top, matched with a dark coloured bottom, works well together, as does a printed top and a solid bottom,” adds Sofraci.
Again, fit is essential. “A wellfitting suit is key for all body types,” stresses Turk. “If you have
a small chest, make sure the top fits properly and is not too big. Excess material will make you look smaller than you are. Select suits with built-in cups or padding to help give you extra shape.”
FLATTERING ONE-PIECE SWIMSUITS
The classic one-piece swimsuit is not only mega popular at the moment, but also equally as hot as any two-piece.
“Every woman should own a monokini,” says Sofraci. “If it does what it’s supposed to and flaunts the parts of your body that you are proud of, it changes your stride and gives more confidence. Our Diamanté style is known to create this feeling.”
“I prefer one-pieces with beautiful cutouts or a super low back,” adds Bruening. “Try on one-pieces in different colours, shapes, textures of fabric and especially ones you would never expect to work. There are so many beautiful shapes out there that you can’t fully appreciate until they are on your body.”
“If you have a great back, select a one-piece that has a low-cut back or strappy back detailing,” says Turk. “If you have a great chest, select a one-piece that has a plunging neckline. If you have amazing shoulders and arms, select a bandeau onepiece to show them off.”
SWIMSUIT FOR A SPORTY FIGURE
An athletic figure is toned with broad shoulders and few curves, but that doesn’t mean there are fewer swimsuit options.
“Don’t be afraid to try suits with cutouts or that feature a oneshoulder design. They will help create shape and define your curves,” says Turk.
“Bandeau tops are great and are now cut to provide a bit of a pushup and look more feminine with their shapes,” adds Sofraci.
“The more feminine the style, the better. I suggest choosing an underwire top for anyone who is more of a reverse triangle shape—broader on top and smaller on the bottom. You will get the support you need if you are actually doing sports activities or you’re a little more active, while getting more of that bra, lingerie feel,” says Bruening. “When it comes to bottoms, a boy short or a tie side with a lower leg line is really amazing for people who are really symmetrical—their torso and their legs are perfectly in line—and will create that womanly curve.”
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