Bathing suit season can feel daunting for many of us. The amount of swimwear for us to choose from is overwhelming and that can get us frustrated if we try on too much of the wrong thing. Knowing how to style swimwear for your body type is going to play an important factor in how easily you are able to find swimwear that you feel good in. We are going to take a look at some of the concerns that people have when shopping for bathing suits for women and how to make sure that you are only trying on pieces that will work well for you.
Choosing a Style that Works for You
When it comes to swimwear, shopping by body type can feel too general. Not all hourglass shaped ladies are going to have the same proportions and the same insecurities. The good thing about swimwear is that you do not have to worry about it fitting over several areas of your body like you would with a shirt or dress. So you can focus on specific things that you would like to hide or show off. Let’s take a look at some of the most common things that people will struggle with when it comes to swimwear.
Chest Size: If you are on either end of this spectrum, you have likely experienced frustrations with the fit of swimwear in the past. If you have a flatter chest, focus on finding a style with patterns or ruffles. This will help to give the illusion of a larger chest. You can also go for a top with padding if you want a bit more lift. Alternatively, if you are on the other side of this spectrum and have a larger chest, you’ll want to make sure that you are wearing something secure to hold in your girls. Try shopping for tops that come in bra sizing rather than just small, medium, and large. This will be helpful for girls who feel like they are in between sizes. These often come with underwire in them which will be more flattering and secure on a larger chested gal.
Booty Size: Similar to chest size, some girls will want to enhance or conceal the booty area depending on their body. If you want to make your backside appear larger, avoid full coverage bottoms. These can make your booty appear flatter. Try something with a cheekier cut or something with ruffles or ruching. If you’ve got a lot of booty to style, you will want to avoid string bikinis. These can be uncomfortable on larger backsides and can even feel too revealing. Instead look for something that is full coverage and in a solid color.
Broad Shoulders: If you are trying to balance out wider shoulders, go for an asymmetrical neckline or something with printed panels on the sides. This will help draw the eyes away from your upper body and give the illusion of an hourglass shape.
Love Handles: First of all, there is nothing wrong with some love handles! However, if you are not loving your love handles you can help conceal them with a high waisted bottom. These have been growing in popularity and are fantastic for anyone who is uncomfortable showing off their lower torso area.
Short Legs: If you want to make your legs look longer in a bathing suit, you’ll want something with a high cut on the side. Similar to a Brazilian or thong bikini, this cut gives the illusion of longer legs. You can find one-pieces that showcase this cut if you are not comfortable wearing something as cheeky as a thong or Brazilian bikini.
Tummy Fat: If you have a goal of concealing your lower stomach, you are certainly not alone. This has been a tricky area to cover as one pieces and high waisted bottoms are form fitting and bad at completely concealing the lower stomach. Instead, look for a one-piece with a peplum detail. This will help mask your problem area with some looser fabric around the lower torso.
Shopping With Confidence
Make sure to employ these tactics when shopping for a new bathing suit. Styling bathing suits for women doesn’t have to be as daunting of a task as it may have been in the past. As long as you head to the store with an idea of the styles you would like to try on, you are sure to have a more positive experience. And once you are feeling comfortable, don’t be afraid to try things out of your comfort zone. You never know how something will look until it’s on so if there is something that you truly love, don’t skip over it! Good luck and happy shopping!