No, it's not an oxymoron; you really can find the perfect suit to flatter your figure if you just understand a few things. The very first thing to know is that there are very few perfect bodies out there. Everyone has something they are trying to deal with.
Here are a few tips.
Small on Top
- If you're small on top, you may want to try the newest, little swimsuits from Brazil. The Brazilian woman is generally smaller on top than the American girl, and their swimsuits are cut accordingly.
- Look for tops with a touch of padding, or an under wire, demi-bra style that makes the most of a beautiful, dainty, bust line. Try to find a top with adjustable straps at shoulders and around back so that you can tighten and adjust things, to help fill out the top line.
- You are very lucky that you have the body to wear those cute, ruffled tops that are so hot right now, so go for it. And as for bandeau tops, only you can wear those well. You can also show off in those tiny, tri-tops that the big busted girls only dream about.
- Avoid tops with too much fabric or have a poor fit. Opt for separates, where you can choose your top and bottom separately.
Big on Top
You may need some extra support; underwire tops can work well and look great.
- Halter-top bikinis can be a good choice by offering support, while providing some sexy cleavage too. Look for styles that are banded around the midriff and can be tied in back and around the neck. This style will give you some lift and will allow you to make adjustments for a personal fit.
- Look for one-piece swimsuits with some structure in the bust, such as soft foam cups or at least, a shelf bra. Straight cut bust styles such as a classic tank can look clean and sporty. Wide shoulder straps will also be much more comfortable than thin, spaghetti straps.
- Avoid strapless bandeau tops and those tiny, tri-tops that offer minimal coverage. Again, make sure to get a suit where you can order the top and bottom sizes separately.
One-Piece or Two-Piece Swimsuit?
Some of the most beautiful, sexiest women seen on the beach wear one-piece suits. They do not reveal it ALL, just enough to keep things interesting.
Many one-piece suits will show more back and less tummy, others show a bit more cleavage or thigh. Show off your best assets and conceal the others. Always remember that you are aiming for a balanced silhouette.
Swimsuit for Swimming
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If you're into swimming, definitely get a one-piece. Find one that doesn't cut into the shoulders, has comfortable, stretchy fabric and doesn't creep up the backside. Forget bikini strings. You just don't want anything to come undone while you're doing laps or snorkeling off a crowded beach.
Short Legs or Torso
- Play up your figure by finding a suit that is cut high on the thigh. This will make your leg look much longer. If you have curvy hips, then all the better. This cut will accentuate your smaller waist and give you a flirty look.
- You've probably already heard that vertical stripes can visually lengthen the body. Well, here's another trick. Wear a solid bottom bikini with a printed top. This will draw the eye upward and give you a longer look.
- A solid, one-piece suit with a plunging neckline creates a continual, long appearance and is absolutely, drop dead sexy to boot!
- Avoid boy shorts and skirted bikinis as they draw the eye downward and can make you look shorter.
Long Body Shape
Clothes drape beautifully on you and your legs go on and on. But, you do need to make sure that you do not look like a bean pole at the beach in your swimsuit.
- You can go wild with the embellishments at the hips and bust line. Rings, jewels, ties and bows are all good things for you.
- Try horizontal stripes and nappy fabrics, such as stretch terry and velvet.
- You'll look smashing in those super bright colors that are so, ?in,? right now.
- If you want a one-piece swimsuit, try one of the latest, cut-out suits. It will break up your long torso, just like a bikini does.
- Boy shorts are just the thing for your slim hips. Oh, and those cute, ruffled skirts and cover-ups? They're made just for you!
- Avoid up and down stripes, high necklines and dark, solid colors.
No problem. It's not that you don't have a waist, it's that you hips are slim.
- If you don't have many curves, create some by wearing one-piece suit with a high-on-the-thigh cut. A belted waistline on a one-piece suit will give the appearance of a whittled middle. So will a draped, surplice detail that pinches in at the waist, or a curvy seam line that runs down each side of the torso.
- Bikinis are good for you. Add some illusion at the hips with rings, ruffles and bows. If you're small on top, go for a strapless bandeau. Go for a dark, solid bottom and a wildly printed or embellished top.
- Avoid solid-colored or horizontal striped one-pieces.
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Balance is the key word here. You will want to play up the bottom of your torso and minimize the top.
- Wear bikini bottoms that have lots of color and print and also sport accents at the hips such as ties, belts and sashes. The new, moderate cut bottom was made for you. Also, wide shoulder straps and square necklines can make you look fabulous.
- Avoid the "V" silhouette by staying away from those plunging neck lines or teeny, tiny bikini bottoms.
Plus size figure
Show a little skin in just the right places and you will look seductively svelte and super sexy!
- Look for one-piece swimsuits with lace or mesh inserts. A strategically placed cut-out, or a deep V neckline, can really change your visual image.
- Lengthen your thigh with an adjustable ruching detail at the hip. A sheer sarong can give you a little confidence and still look totally glamorous.
- Dark, cool colors are always good. So are swirling, or V patterns. Try a swimsuit with dark, solid panels down each side of the torso and a floral printed middle.
- Avoid too much fabric. Modesty is certainly OK, but too much coverage is not necessarily a better option. Also, stay away from white, as well as bright, neon fabrics and those nappy textiles.
Too Much Tummy
If you are self conscious about your tummy try one of those fabulous, tummy, control panel, swimsuits: they really work wonders.
- If you're going for a two-piece swimsuit, then checkout the, "meet-and-greet," tankinis that are on the fashion scene today. They cover just enough, but you still have the freedom and hip factor of a bikini.
- A one-piece with some draping around the waist or hips can also help to conceal.
- Avoid itsy bitsy bikinis and blah, solid colored, one-pieces.
Big on Bottom
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The newest, mini-skirted bikinis are too cute and made just for you! Don't go for a super frilly one, though. Instead, pick a smooth, skimming skirt that is short and sweet, but covers what it needs to. A ruffled or highly decorated top is OK though. The details will draw attention to your top half.
- You could also go for a moderate, bottom bikini that has a 3 inch side...very chic! Make that a solid bottom and print top for a super effect.
- Try a maillot one piece. Something with wide straps, or a strong horizontal neckline, will balance out your silhouette. Remember, playing up your top side will de-emphasize your bottom side.
- Avoid boy shorts, too skimpy bottoms, or lots of ruffles and details at the hips.
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Some moms-to-be choose to go with a regular bikini because they don?t have to worry about the middle part getting in the way. However, as the day draws closer, you will probably want a one-piece. Pick one that you can let out and adjust as your tummy and hips expand. You will probably want some support in the bust as well.
Avoid buying a cheapy swimsuit. You will be better off with one or two higher quality swimsuits that are sympathetic to your condition and will last the season.
The Perfect Body
If you've got it go for it! Let's face it; you work hard to keep your body in perfect shape.
A tiny, designer bikini looks good on so few people, you should consider it your solemn duty to beautify the beach and make a few heads turn. Spend the extra money on a hip, new, creation and look like a million dollars.
Find it BEFORE you go
Find your suit BEFORE you go on vacation. Prices at resorts can be astronomical and you don't want to spend all of your time looking for a suit that fits, especially in a foreign country that considers a size 3 "average."
Make sure you take your measurements before you start shopping and use those, not size numbers to find your best fit. Choose your tops and bottoms separately so that you can create a custom tailored suit. What ever you do, don't just sit there on the deck or sand. Get out there and enjoy your tropical adventure!
--Cindy Alpers: Cindy is the owner and president of the now-retired Tropi-Ties, Inc., one of the original, online, swimwear retailers.
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Natalie Jayne Roser
Natalie is a seasoned model and photographer with a Bachelor of Visual Communication and Design. Studying photography for 4 years, Natalie developed a passion for portraiture and lifestyle photography. It is this passion that led her to move to Sydney and start to work her way towards this career that she loves. | Photo: Natalie Jayne Roser | Link |
Natalie is a seasoned model and photographer with a Bachelor of Visual Communication and Design. Studying photography for 4 years, Natalie developed a passion for portraiture and lifestyle photography. It is this passion that led her to move to Sydney and start to work her way towards this career that she loves.
Her goal is to make everyone look their absolute best.
She combines her photography skills with her modelling to create inspirational images from both sides of the camera. With a modelling career that extends to over 10 years, with a strong focus in the commercial industry, Natalie provides her clients with a professional insight that she has gained from working with so many likeminded and inspiring personalities.
With a personal interest in portfolio shoots for models, Natalie loves working with new and aspiring models, or anyone who has an interest in a professional photoshoot.
- Bachelor of Visual Communication and Design 2011
- Top 12 contestant on The Face Australia 2014
- Miss Universe Australia 1st Runner Up 2014
- Miss World Australia 1st Runner Up 2013
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