1. Love the skin you’re in!—First and foremost accept and embrace your beautiful curves. Your body is beautiful for its form as well as its function. Confidence is your sexiest asset, so stand up straight, be proud and SMILE!
2. Measure twice! Prior to swimsuit shopping, take your measurements. Each manufacturer’s sizing varies, so it helps to do some research. Informative how-to-measure videos are available at Swimsuitsforall.com. Armed with your measurements, review some manufacturer’s sizing charts online. If the majority of your measurements are within 3/4” of one particular size, choose that size. If you are like most women and your measurements don’t fall exactly in line with the size charts, keep in mind that the torso measurement is the most important followed by the bust, then hips, then waist.
3. Try, try again! Always bring more than one size of a suit to the fitting room. This way, you don’t have to get dressed if the one you chose isn’t just right. If you’re shopping online, shop at a site with a generous return policy and be sure to use the size charts!
4. You’re putting me on! When trying on a swimsuit, wear only your panties, no bra. If you’re trying a one piece, pretend you are putting on pantyhose and gather the swimsuit from the armhole, along the side seams to the outside leg opening of the suit. Keep it gathered as you put each leg in and pull it up, to your waist. Make sure the legline is giving you proper coverage. Now bend over forward from the waist and place your arms into the straps and let your breasts fall naturally into the bra cups. Slide the straps up over your shoulders and stand up straight.
If you’re trying on a tankini, put the bottom on first, as you would your panties. Make sure that it gives you the coverage you want. When trying on a tankini top, put it on by pulling it down over your head. Never step into it as it is not made to go over your hips. Bring the whole garment down to your waist as if it were a belt. Bend over forward from the waist and place your arms into the straps and let your breasts fall naturally into the bra. Slide the straps up over your shoulders, or if a halter, tie or clasp it behind your neck, and then finally stand up straight. Once you’ve got it on properly, move around in it; bend over, sit, squat. If it stays in place with little need for “fixing,” you’re good to go!
5. Yummy Tummy! If you are concerned with slimming your tummy area, be sure to choose a suit with a powernet tummy control panel. It has a higher concentration of spandex, the stretchy fiber that helps to hold you in. Look for suits with shirring or gathers starting at the side seams and stretching across the tummy. Also consider busy prints. They act as camouflage because the eye is so busy looking at the pretty flowers/animal print/geometric squiggles (or whatever your style dictates) that it doesn’t settle on one particular spot
If you prefer a tankini, look for a style that is looser through the tummy area and is long enough to cover the panty’s waistband. Make sure to avoid tankinis that are so tight that across the body that they ride up, revealing exactly what it is you want to hide! Tight tankinis tend to accentuate the softness above the waistband of the pant (aka muffintop) so a fuller, flowing silhouette is best.
6. You’re Busted! If you have a D-cup or larger you are considered to have a Full Bust. You are probably concerned about support, coverage and maybe even minimizing your blessings! The cups need to be deep enough to accommodate the breast. The elastic that runs under the bra needs to be substantial (at least 1” wide) and should continue all around the body, not just stop at the side seams. The design details that are best for minimizing are high necklines and square necklines.
If you are a full busted woman who wants to show some cleavage, good for you! But be sure that the side coverage is more than adequate to make up for the lack of it up front. Make sure armholes are nice and high. Front cleavage is sexy, side cleavage… not so much.
7. Show your Support! A good fitting bra under your clothes improves your silhouette, posture and confidence. Make sure it’s the same in your swimsuit! Many styles are made with comfortable underwires and side boning, supportive cups and fabrics and adjustable straps to get the best fit and shape possible. Look for these features and see how enhanced inner construction enhances your shape.
8. Hip, Hip Hooray! If you think that your hips and thighs are your biggest concern, you are not alone. If looking for a tank style, go for one with a legline that matches your natural panty line. Leg lines that are too high do not minimize a full hip, they accentuate by drawing the eye to the fullness and softness of the area. Similarly, leglines that are too low, sometimes called boylegs, girllegs or sheaths, visually maximize the bottom-half by drawing a horizontal line across the widest part of the body. Look for suits that have design details that draw the eye up towards he bust, shoulders and face. Styles with darker bottoms are best. Styles with wide-set straps are great for maximizing shoulders and therefore bringing the hip into an hourglass proportion.
Skirted swimsuits are no longer considered matronly! The swim industry has responded to women’s requests for cute and sexy skirted styles. Just be sure to balance out the top and bottom by maximizing interest at the bust and away from the lower half. As in tank styles, the bottom of the suit should be solid and/or darker than the top. When shopping for shorted styles, always look for a loose, but tailored fit. They should skim the hip and slightly flare toward the hem. They should be loose over the thigh. Avoid tight fitting boy shorts.
9. Cover to Cover! Always complete your look with a cover up. The pulled-together “outfit” will allow you to look and feel great even when you’re hauling a cooler, two chairs, an umbrella and three kids across the sand.
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