It might be chilly around the country right now, but if you’re planning a Christmas or New Year vacation to a tropical destination, you’ll be needing a great swimsuit you can wear when you’re chilling out by the pool or snorkeling in the ocean.
With swimwear shopping a bit daunting for most women though, it pays to know some handy tips you can follow to make the process smoother. Read on for some things to think about as you shop.
Choose Something that Suits Your Bust Size
Finding a swimsuit that fits properly in the bust area is one of the first considerations when shopping. Not only is it about not having a wardrobe malfunction when you’re being active; it’s also about being comfortable, having enough support, and selecting a bathing suit that makes you look and feel your best.
If your bosom is large, be on the lookout for swimwear designed especially for bigger chests, such as Coco Reef swimwear. The best options are typically bathing suits with double-stitched bands, thicker straps than usual, underwire, and specific cup sizes. If you know your top half is larger than your bottom half, you could also consider buying mix-and-match separates so as to get the optimum size for each piece.
Are you a lady with a smaller chest? If so, you don’t need to worry about choosing a product with so much support, but you do need to ensure the fit is right. Again, buy a two-piece that enables you to get a smaller top size if necessary; plus keep an eye out for swimwear that features padding and embellishments like ruffles and tassels, as well as bright colors and bold patterns. All of these features will help to create the illusion of a larger bust.
Find Ways to Minimize Your “Problem” Areas and Add Balance
Most women have some kind of problem area they hate, or an area that puts their body shape out of balance somewhat, and which tends to be highlighted by the wrong swimsuit choice. If you’re in this position, think about your trouble spots when you go shopping.
For example, if you have a bigger rear than you’d like, avoid string bikinis and high-cut products, because these won’t give you enough cover. To minimize a lot of “junk in your trunk”, you should consider buying a bathing suit with a simple bottom in a solid color, and then pairing this with a more intricate, bright and printed top. This will help give you more balance.
If you’re pear shaped, you could opt for cutaway-style swimmers, as these are good for accentuating a pear’s more delicate waist, while at the same time covering their wider hips. If you’re worried about love handles, choose a high-waisted bottom piece that sits above you belly button. This will help you to avoid the dreaded “muffin top” look. As well, shop for full-piece suits with ruching in the middle, as this can offer concealment of a fuller tummy.
For more boyish, athletic figures, it’s all about finding ways to add curves. As such, choose feminine prints, bright colors, and gathered and padded tops. Steer clear of bandeaus, which cut straight across your chest. Also boy-cut briefs, as these tend to only illuminate a straight-up-and-down figure. For broad shoulders, look for asymmetrical necklines, and/or printed panels along the sides. These styles can help to restore balance.
Consider Current Trends
Lastly, if you want to be fashion-savvy with your swimsuit choice, it pays to be aware of some of the latest trends. For example, flirty ruffles have made quite a comeback in recent times. These not only suit swimwear with floral prints and soft colors. This can also give a more girlie look to color-blocked, animal-printed, or plain-colored items. Similarly, tassels have been used by a lot of brands recently. These can also add a more playful touch to a bikini or one piece.
The Bardot, off-the-shoulder fashion style usually seen in tops and dresses has made its way to swimwear too. This look can give you a sweet yet sexy vibe. It can offer more coverage for your arms if you’re self-conscious about them. If you like to be a little daring, keep an eye out for plunging one-piece bathing suits. This will add a whole new layer of sexy to more traditional one-piece costumes.
Other trends you might like to consider include high halter-neck tops; cut-outs (especially those in unusual spots); color-blocking; additional straps and lacing; and one-strap, one-shoulder designs. In addition, more swimsuits are coming out made from interesting materials and with unusual finishes. The list includes crochet, lace, denim, leather, velvet and metallics.