Believe it or not, swimsuit season is just around the corner. For many of us, shopping for a swimsuit can frustrating and overwhelming, to say the least — and yet it doesn’t have to be!
With so many options to mix and match separates (not to mention the beautiful cover-up styles this season), finding your perfect suit is possible. By following a few guidelines based on the areas of your body you like to accentuate (and those you’d rather conceal), you can put the fun back into playing in the sun!
If you have a large bust:
If you have a large bust, you know that support is key. Look for tops that have thicker, adjustable straps and underwire or molded cups. The Go To Tankini Top or the Lori Coulter Chic Tankini Top are great options.
If you have a small bust:
Accentuate your upper half with bright colors and prints. Swim tops that have padding and/or feminine embellishments will also help to balance out your proportions. The Gottex Summer Bliss Tankini Top or the Jantzen Tropical Twist Tankini Top are just some of the tops that will accentuate and enhance smaller busts.
If you’re looking to conceal a tummy:
A one-piece suit with shirring will always work magic for concealing a tummy, but there are also many tankinis and high-waisted bottoms that help to slim this area. Surplice styles will also slim the waist with their flattering crossover lines. The Magicsuit Shelly Tankini Top and High Waisted Briefs or the Miraclesuit Oceanus Ocean Dream Swimsuit will both work wonders.
If you are heavier on the bottom:
If you are smaller on top than you are on the bottom, you’ll want to balance out your proportions. Skirt styles that fall to the largest part of your upper leg are great for this. Also, wearing an eye-catching top will draw the attention upward. The Lori Coulter Ruffled Halter Top and Essential Swim Skirt will downplay your bottom half and accentuate your top with feminine ruffles.
If you’re curvy throughout:
Think about highlighting your curves while balancing your figure. Supportive tops and bottoms with fuller coverage will be flattering and feminine and keep you from feeling overexposed. The Mod Dot Tankini and Skirted Swim Bottoms or the Lori Coulter Chic Tankini Top and Skirted Bottom provide coverage and flatter curves.
Other things to remember:
- One-piece swimsuits tend to be universally flattering.
- With two-piece swimsuits, it’s not unusual for your top size to be different than your bottom size.
- Swim tops with molded cups or bra cup sizing will provide the best support and comfort.
- Sizing up in a swimsuit style does not always mean more coverage. Opt for a swimsuit in your size that has fuller coverage instead.
- When in doubt, think about what you want to draw attention to — and away from. To highlight a feature, opt for a bright color or pattern. To downplay a feature, choose a darker and/or solid color.
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match to get the right look. We’ve made it easy with our Ipanema Swim Builder that allows you to create chic, customized swimwear that fits and flatters!