How to Choose Flattering Swimwear
We often spend more time on holiday in swimwear than anything else so it is important to spend plenty of time, and as much money as you can afford to get it right – great swimwear is always a pleasure to wear and if it makes you look and feel good you’ll enjoy wearing it year after year. So much technical innovation is now included in many swimsuits that revealing your body need not be as traumatic as it might once have been. Follow my top tips to help you enhance your good bits and distract from the not so good!
Always go for under-wired, cup-sized bikini tops and swimsuits that offer maximum support. Remember bosoms are heavy, a little thin halter neck strap may feel OK at first, but an hour later when the straps are cutting into your neck and your boobs are jiggling you will wish you had gone for wide straps and good support! Go to lingerie shops, department stores or online at Bravissimo or Figleaves. You will have to pay more but it is soooo worth it.
Look for padded or push up tops – try the new Marks and Spencer range “2 sizes bigger”. Gathers, ruching, frills and a pattern can also help enhance your assets. Spaghetti straps will work and try tie front tops.
Tummies: Try costumes with hold-in panels/tummy control or ruching and gathering across the stomach to help disguise the problem. Look for darker colours &/or patterns can also help. Avoid bikinis but tankinis are a good option if you want to go for a 2 piece, especially if you need a different size top and bottom. However, ensure the tankini top is long enough and doesn’t cut across your tummy.
Heavy thighs: Look for high legs and avoid ‘boy short’ styles. A “skirt” attached to the bikini bottoms really doesn’t disguise your thighs – it only draws attention to them!
Remember dark colours slim and lighter colours have the opposite effect, so if for example you are pear shaped with a larger bottom and small bust, wear dark bottoms with a paler or patterned top. Likewise if you have a heavy bust avoid bold bright colours and patterns on your top half.