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Choosing the Best Bathing Suit for Your Body

Updated on May 17, 2011

Ah, it’s that time of year again. The sun’s out, the days are longer, and the beach is calling. Summer is a time where your insecurity toward your body can come back to haunt you. It can also be a time where you can choose to put your self-consciousness aside and flaunt your body’s greatest assests. The perfect bathing suit can change your mindset completely, turning a pool party from a dreaded occasion to a highly enjoyable event. With a little careful shopping, your ideal swimsuit can be found and your life changed. Here’s how to make the most of your body’s features with a bathing suit.

Maximize a small bustline

Try a bikini top with padded cups or ruffles along the top to create the illusion of a fuller chest. Bright prints also draw attention to your chest to make it appear larger. A halter top also works well to create a better bustline. Avoid straight-cut triangle tops which can lay flat and make your breasts look smaller.

Flaunt a generous bust

Make sure you choose a supportive top with underwire to keep yourself from flopping around too much! A halter top also provides more support for your goodies. Make sure the bathing suit has ample fabric around the sides to prevent slippage and accidental overexposure. If you want to show them off, avoid dark colors, as this could downplay your girls!

Play up your booty

A pretty skirt detail attached to your bottoms can accentuate your shape. Small shorts as bathing suit bottoms do well at hiding your butt, but remember everyone loves a little junk in the trunk! Make sure you choose well-fitting bottoms though—try bending over in the changing room and seeing how you look; nobody likes seeing a wedgie at the pool. If you love your butt but despise your stomach, opt for a high-cut bottom—this draws the eye away from your midsection and toward a feature that you don’t mind showing off.

Hide a pudgy belly

One-pieces and tankinis are best to disguise your tummy. A one-piece with side cutouts is great when you want to hide your stomach but show off your hips or back. Wear bathing suits that draw the eye upward or downward, such as suits that are low cut or one shoulder, or with a skirt or high cut down below. Remember the age-old trick of wearing dark-colored prints as well to create a slimming effect.

Accentuate your hips

If you have narrow hips and want to make them appear fuller, try bikinis with tie strings on the side to add cute detail and dimension to your waist. If you feel your hips are two wide, try a sarong or skirt detail over your bottoms. Wearing a dark shade on bottom will also slim your waist.

Remember the great thing about bikinis is that you can mix and match tops and bottoms to create a perfect set for your body. Even if you aren’t comfortable wearing a bikini, there are many adorable and sexy one-piece and tankini swimsuit options out there. Shop around and remember to have fun, soon you will find the best suit you can’t wait to put on. Have fun flaunting your stuff!


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