Swimsuits that Flatter


by GiGi Kash, guest blogger, stylist

As the storm clouds of April roll away and May flowers begin to bloom, there is one thing on every woman’s mind – swimsuit season. For many women, the search for the perfect swimsuit is a dreadful activity requiring hours spent parading under unflattering lighting in front mirrors that can grossly exaggerate all the wrong features. It can be a daunting task.

Learn to shop for your shape with these tips:

  • Hourglass:  You can pull off just about any swimsuit style. Go sleek with one color or be daring a fun-loving print. String bikinis allow you to select a size for curvier hips and halter tops or a deep plunging neckline looks good too.
  •  Pear: For those ladies with hips and thighs that are a bit fuller, it is best to opt for bottoms that are high-cut. This will make your legs appear longer and leaner. Pair these bottoms with a V-neck style top to draw more attention to your upper body.
  •  Apple: If your tummy tends to be the spot that gives you trouble, the stylish one-pieces that have, thankfully, returned to fashion are your go-to item for summer wear. Choose suits with ruching, side-detail or a wrap-style to define your waistline.
  •  Full Rectangle: You’re in luck – color blocking is the best look for you and it is all the rage for the summer season. Choose suits with detailing along the neckline to draw attention upward. Choose fitted skirts that are short, but skip ruffles and lots of fabric that can balloon your shape. Choose solid, muted colors for a slim appearance.
  • Lean Rectangle: You look best in string bikinis. Too much fabric contributes to a boxy appearance. Add ruffles or bold patterns to add some curves to your shape and maybe choose padding up top as needed.

Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen when you hit the beach or pool. Pick out sunglasses that block UVB and UVA rays and make sure you stock lip balm with an SPF in your beach bag as well. Now, you’re ready to welcome summer with open arms!


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