So I’m not a person who likes bathing suits. Sure, on other people they’re great, but shopping for one literally just makes me cry. I haven’t bought a new one since high school…thirteen years ago. Why not? Well, because I just don’t know how to make my problem areas appear less of a problem. That’s why I did some research and decided to share it with you, starting from the shoulders and going to the thighs. Now, not all of these ideas will work for every person since we all have different body types, but they at least give you an idea of what to look for. I hope they help.
Problem: Wide Shoulders
Personally, I have football player shoulders so it’s hard to find a suit that doesn’t make them appear even more masculine. There are a few different ways to trick the eye to make them appear smaller.
1. Wear really wide straps so your shoulders look smaller in comparison
2. Instead of a V-neck, try a square neckline
3. Wear the straps out as far as possible on your body rather than a halter top which will mostly only work with a very deep V-neck to distract the eye
4. Wear an asymmetrical top, like a one shoulder top
5. Distract the eye by drawing it to an area of your body you like. Do you like your waist? Wear a plain suit with something decorative around the waist like a blast of color or cut-outs. Like your hips? Wear a plain top and then bright or patterned bottoms
Problem: Large Bust
1. The key is support. This can come in the form of an underwire, but it can also come in buying a suit with seamed cups, a sturdy lining, boning, wide and/or adjustable straps, draping, and/or a band under the breasts
2. Try to find a suit with a higher neckline and small arm holes to keep from spilling out all over the place
3. A lot of times a bikini will be better because it gives support not only from the straps but also around the back
Problem: Small Bust
1. Supposedly the best swimsuit you can wear to help your bust look bigger is a padded triangle top
2. Wear a top with ruffles or a graphic print. Really anything to make it appear fuller. You can pretty much get away with anything that those will fuller busts (le sigh, me) could never wear in a million bajillion years
Problem: Curvy Tummy
1. You want a suit that hides that tummy by skimming over it. You don’t want anything too tight, but beware of anything too loose as well
2. Use tricks like ruching, draping, and gathering to conceal your tummy
3. You can still wear a bikini, just make sure the waistband is high and folded, sort of like vintage granny panties
4. A solid color is much more flattering than a busy one that will only make you appear kind of like a patterned couch (or at least that’s what I look like in a busy print)
5. A down the vertical center detail divides your midsection, which can make it appear smaller
Problem: Short Torso:
1. Wear a suit with a vertical center detail like a ruffle. It will help lengthen your torso
Problem: Wide Hips and Thighs
1. Like with wide shoulders, you want to distract by bringing attention to the opposite half. Do this by bright details or a neckline that draws the eye up
2. Find a bottom that’s leg line hits about an inch below the hip to make them look longer. Of course, if your thighs are extremely full, you might not feel comfortable about that. I know that I wouldn’t. I’d feel like I was just putting my thighs on display, so key really is to do what you feel most comfortable in
3. A skirt can hide problem thighs. To keep it modern, find one with a slit, ruching, or A-line cut
4. Whatever you do, avoid boy shorts and ring hardware, which will pinch in all the wrong places
Problem: Narrow Hips
1. Same as with a small bust, do anything you can to make them appear fuller through ruffles, color, and/or a graphic print
Problem: Big Butt
1. A low or V-back will help your butt look smaller and more proportionate
2. Don’t wear a suit too low on the waist that it’s not covering the bottom, but also don’t wear one too high because that will make your bottom only appear even larger
3. Wear a suit with higher legs, though again, not too high that your butt is sticking out of it
Problem: Small Butt
1. The higher the waist of your swimming suit, the larger your bottom half will appear
Balance, Balance, Balance. The biggest key is to balance your body as much as possible. I’m an hourglass shape so it’s not as difficult for me to make sure my bottom half balances out my huge shoulders and bust, but for top-heavy and bottom-heavy women, you really need to watch that. If you’re top heavy, make sure details on the bottom half balance you out, opposite if you’re bottom heavy. But the most important thing, as I said above, is that you end up feeling confident in your suit. Even if it’s something that’s all the dos and none of the don’ts, if you don’t feel comfortable, it’s the wrong suit for you.
(For examples of each of the above, click on the link to go to the original post at http://convozine.com/fierceandfreefashion/36022).
I hope this helps. Now that I’ve learned what to look for in a suit for myself, I went to the store yesterday and actually found a suit I liked! Honestly, I only had to try ONE on because I knew exactly what would and wouldn’t work for me. The verdict? I got a plain one piece with wide straps that also sat wide on my shoulders, a V-neck with seamed cups, and plenty of draping over the mid-section. Now, I’ll never look sexy in a swimming suit because I’m just not a sexy girl, but I didn’t cry, and really, that was the best feeling of all.
If you have any other dos, let me know, either on here or on Facebook. I’d love more pointers if you have them. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fierce-and-Free-Fashion/370678573052242. There you can post pictures of your outfits or anything good or bad about fashion, style, or beauty. Also, if you haven’t received enough of a fashion fix today, follow my mostly Fashion-oriented Tumblr, http://adseeleyauthor.tumblr.com, my Pinterest, which has numerous fashion boards, http://pinterest.com/adseeleyauthor, or my Instagram http://instagram.com/adseeleyauthor.