It’s that time of year again, the Summer season is almost upon us. And while that makes most of us super excited – long days at the beach, fun vacations, outdoor activities – to some people the start of Summer brings the always dreaded swimsuit shopping trip.
Swimsuit shopping can cause much anxiety to a lot of women. Stepping into that harshly lit dressing room and trying on suit after suit takes a lot of courage, and being our own worst critic doesn’t help the situation. Yet we still try on suit after suit in hopes of finding the perfect swimsuit.
There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who looks and feels confident in her own skin, however most of us don’t feel too confident when we’re showing off too much of it. If you are part of the few who do feel super comfortable rocking that string bikini, or one piece with cut-outs, then power to ya! For the rest of us, we want to find a swimsuit with a bit more coverage that is stylish yet flattering to our body type. Sounds like an impossible feat? Fear not, we have some swimsuit recommendations for each and every body type!
For all of those mommys out there who’s tummy may not be as flat as it was before pregnancy, we’ve got just the swimwear for you! First, use ruching, gathers, or draping to gently cover the area. For example, the HydroChic Spring Romance Short Sleeve UV Swim Shirt has options to adjust the gather on the side, which will drape across the abdomen and disguise a belly. It also has a decorative neckline which will bring the attention away from the tummy. Another option is to use small prints and patterns, such as one of our printed Sleeveless Crossover Swim Top. Where a solid color will show every bump and bulge, a pattern will keep the eye busy so that it isn’t drawn to specific area on the body.
Are your hips noticeably larger than your shoulders and bust? The key is proportion and balancing out our bottom half. Since the eye is drawn to color and pattern, you’ll want to use all of your color, pattern, and eye-catching embellishments “up top”. The Baseball Babe Inspired Long 3/4 Sleeve Rash Guard Swim Shirt is perfect, as it draws the eye up and out, balancing your shoulders with your hips. A few other great options would also be the Faux Wrap Vneck Swim Top or the Sun Breeze Swim n’ Sports Shirt.
On the bottom half, keep it simple. No gathers, patterns, or extra material! Avoid ruffles, ruching, flared skirts, or anything that may draw the eye. Also, the skirt/bottom should fall straight from the hip, and end below the largest part of the thigh. The bottom should not flair out too much. It should also not hug or draw in toward the knees. A delicate balance is in order, so try our customer favorite the Chlorine Proof Amphi Spirit Athletic Skirted Capris in solid black (now available in size 5X).
Dressing to minimize a large bust is hard enough, but in a swimsuit? A daunting task indeed! Wear outfits that move the eye vertically. Lines moving up and down the body will lengthen the body and slim the torso, making the chest appear smaller. Make sure you’re wearing a supportive bra – in and out of the water! Avoid high necklines. A v-neckline will elongate the look of your neck and torso and minimize the size of the bust. Check out our Petal Cap Sleeve Swim & Sport Shirt or Long Sleeve Yoga Wrap Top. Side panels are also helpful to draw the eye vertically. The lines moving up and down not only slim the torso, they also lengthen the body and make the bosom appear smaller and less noticeable like in our Adventure Chic V Neck Short Sleeve Swim Shirt.
Finally, avoid pattern, ruffles, or embellishments over the bosom. As a matter of fact, a Wrap Style is a large busted gals best friend. The overlapping pieces not only accentuate the waist, they also naturally create a V-neckline that is very flattering.
Broad shoulders? There are a few things you can do to balance out your look. You’ll want to reduce the appearance of width up top, and create curves in the lower half of your body. First, avoid any horizontal lines, prints, patterns, or embellishments anywhere near your shoulders. Look for a solid colored suit with printed panels along the side, which helps create an hourglass look, while at the same time balancing out upper body width. An asymmetrical neckline will draw the eye up and away, instead of straight across. Try our solid Sleeveless Crossover Swim Top with a printed edge.
Rectangle (athletic) shape
The rectangle (or athletic) shape is built “straight up and down”, with only a few inches difference between the bust, waist, and hip measurement. The key here is to add feminine softness and curves to a more geometrically shaped body. The Faux Wrap Vneck Swim Top is the perfect top to start with! A couple of other great options are the Tunic Short Sleeve Mini Swim Dress and Spring Romance Short Sleeve UV Swim Shirt.
Accenting the shoulder and/or hip area will give the illusion of more curves and shape, too. Try the Geometric Short Sleeve Swim Dress to draw the eye up with the flip skirt adding softness and curves. Also check out the Lined Beach Boy Swim Shorts and Triple Ruffle Swim Skirt.
Since an Apple body type carries most of her weight above the waistline, the key here is to use solid colors in those areas. The Wrap Swim Shirt does double duty, as the diagonal lines are slimming, and the splash of color at the bottom of the longer torso gives the illusion of more shape near the hips.
A true Apple Shape tends to have a flat bottom and thin, shapely legs. So keep patterns and embellishments below the hipline. The Sea Breeze Drop Waist Long Swim Skirt is the perfect option!
Also be sure to look at the Aqua Terra Ruffle Swim Skirt as the ruffles at the bottom will help balance out a larger top half.
If you have an hourglass shape, rejoice! It’s the shape we’re all striving for, and nearly everything looks good on you. The biggest concern you have is to make sure you accentuate your waist. Since you carry your weight evenly in your bust and hips, if the waist isn’t defined you’ll look large all over. Make sure your outfit is well fitted and follows your natural body lines.
Whether you want create the illusion of more curves or reduce them, you now know the secrets to look for to pick out the perfect swimwear to make you look and feel amazing! No matter what your size or shape, say goodbye to public changing rooms, fluorescent lighting, and anxiety-ridden swimwear shopping.
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