What is there not to love about the summer? Who can share any other sentiment besides pure adoration for warm weather and what it brings. Summer is like buying a bottle of your favorite perfume, as if the purchase alone wasn’t sweet enough, the sales associate throws in millions of tiny samples of other fragrances to seal the deal. Golden sun-kissed skin, shaved ice, the scent of sea air, the breeze beneath your sun dress, BBQ’s, street festivals, watermelon, outdoor lanterns, summer romances, fruit infused cocktails, and spontaneous road trips makes summer a winner against contending seasons in the popularity contest. So again, what is there not to love about summer???
I am not knowledgeable on which fashion founding father came of with the name bathing-SUIT as; the name itself is contradictory to the amount of skin that the garment actually covers. With so many tricks to the trade when it comes to dressing for your body type, women have found ways to create hips, contour tummies, boost breast, and elongate legs. Choosing the most silhouette manipulating cuts and fabrics has brought women more confidence in clothing that flatters their body types. Bathing suits on the other hand are another ball game. With little fabric to work with and even less left to the imagination, how can woman keep their self-confidence afloat in swimsuit fashion while deep style diving?
Athletic bodies tend to be very toned so one would assume they can pull off any swimsuit know to womankind. FALSE! Because they are so toned, many swimsuit styles can leave the athletic body looking even harder and masculine. Athletic builds do better in bust-enhancing details. A ring top bandeau halter or ruffle trimmed cleavage adds interest to feminine parts. Bikinis are more preferable than a one pieces as they break up a straight up and down body.
Pear Shaped (bottom heavy):
STAY AWAY FROM BOY SHORTS!! Many women have adopted the thought process that “if you hate it, hide it,” but this does not always work. They will cut your thighs creating the illusion of rolls. Higher cut bottoms work better as they elongate shorter heavier legs. String bikinis also work well in revealing more thighs. Tankinis will also lengthen your top half and create more of a balanced proportion. Deep V one pieces also show off more top, making your upper body appear longer.
A plain one piece actually shortens the torso even more. Try a one piece with more artful cuts. A one shoulder one piece stretches out the top of the body. Manipulate your viewer by drawing eyes up to your collarbone by choosing one pieces with detailing around the neck or punchy colors.
Long & Lean:
NO ONE PIECES! Ruffled bikinis help give this body type curves. Frills on the top and bottom of bikinis help create and hourglass shape. Also, try bikini tops with a front tie or knot for more cleavage curve. Here’s a stylist best kept secret: WEAR RED…. Anything red says sexy.
Do not rule yourself out! Again, trying to hide your body can make you look frumpier. Trade-in your frumpy finds for sleek alternatives. One pieces or tankinis with rouching in the mid section are extremely flattering and hides flaws fashionably. If you’re daring enough to opt for a bikini, try banded or high waist bikinis as they offer more support than a best friend. Side detailing trims the sides down and offers more contouring.
A Little Pooch ..No Puppy:
If you have a stubborn little pooch and I’m not talking a cocker spaniel, a ruffled waistband is ideal as they can be adjusted to sit higher. If you prefer a one piece, opt for chevron stripes as they trim downwards. Retro cuts also work, such as pinup inspired bikinis, as they are often high waist yet tempting.
Prints and cut outs are your new best friend. Side cutouts break up the torso while showing flirtatious hints of skin. Striped bikinis also break up a long line.
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