A Guide To Figure-Flattering Swimsuits8:30 AM
In the summer, nothing gets me more 'sclame' (a lovely mash-up of self conscious and lame that was coined by my pal Kristin) than bodies of water. Specifically ones that require teeny bikinis. I have a hunch that I am not alone in this, so I figured I would share some tips I've learned along the way for looking and feeling your best while wearing the least amount of fabric possible.
FOR GALS WITH BIG KNOCKERS:
You know that song "Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini"? Well, eliminate that from your vocabulary and wardrobe, girl...you need to support the twins. Look for underwire tops that will provide some lift, and make sure the straps provide ample support and won't dig into shoulders. If you've got a vendetta against underwire tops, a thicker halter-style will do the trick. Keep an eye out for styles with a thicker band underneath to avoid any underboob spillage outage.
Juicy Couture Intersection Mitered Underwire Bikini Top & Bottom
FOR LADIES WITH LOVE HANDLES:
So you've got a little pooch going on...so do most people! High-waisted styles have a fresh, retro-vibe and help pull your belly in. Look for color-blocked paneling on the sides of one pieces- it instantly gives the illusion of whittling inches off your waist. Just like for everyday wear, belts are a great way to define your waist and add a sexy Bond girl-type look to your poolside style.
Marysia Swim Sardinia Reversible Maillot
FOR BABES WITH BIG BUMS:
Welcome to my world, ladies. I've got a total case of blogger butt - too much sitting in a chair makes for a copious derriere. Focus on bikinis that are solid on the bottom and brightly patterned or textured on top - it helps draw the eye up and away from your bum. Don't try to cover up those hips with diaper-size bottoms - lower cut styles with fuller coverage in the back can provide a modern fit (and no, I am not talking boy shorts....they are NOT FLATTERING AT ALL). Also, string bottoms aren't going to do us any favors. Instead, thicker bands on the sides of bottoms or big rings help keep things looking proportional.
Tory Burch Ruffle Stripe Underwire Bikini Top and Skirted Bottom
Juicy Couture Boyshort Bikini Top & Fuller Coverage Bottom
Beach Sexy® Sara Halter Top & Forever Sexy™ Mid-scoop Bottom
FOR SKINNY MINNIES WANTING CURVES:
Some times you got to fake it 'til you make it - no gross surgeries required. Look for embellishments to amp up the volume - ruffles and fringe are your friends. String triangle tops are also great, since they play up even the tiniest of lady lumps. You can always opt for a little padding up top, and a sassy cheeky cut bottom to show of your....ahem....assets.
L*Space Audrey Halter Bikini Top and Bottom
Mara Hoffman Print Underwire Bikini Set
FOR WOMEN CARRYING A +1:
Congrats on your pregnancy! You've got an enviable glow, and a burgeoning bump to work with. Just because your waistline is a
ASOS Maternity Swimwear Tankini In Spot Print
Belabumbum - Maternity Ruched Tankini Set
Old Navy Maternity Halter Bandeau Tankini & Bottom
My parting words? When you start focusing on the things you don't like about your body, focus on the positive...find 3 things that you LIKE for every one thing you DON'T. Good luck, don't get frustrated, and remember - you are 100% hot no matter what body shape you have.