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The Perfect Swimsuit For Your Body Type

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We All Want To Look Slim In A Swimsuit

One thing most women have in common is that we all crave that perfect fitting swimsuit. However, finding the ideal swimsuit is not at all so easy. I decided to do some research on how to finding the perfect swimsuit for my personal body type. Along the way, I learned a lot about body type, and how one can camouflage areas that need to be disguised. This knowledge armed me with what I needed to choose a style of swimsuit that would flatter my body type. I found it a lot easier than I thought to find a swimsuit style that I felt complimented my shape. Let me share a secret, I would not have even considered the style of swimsuit I ended up purchasing. All my research paid off... I hope you will have a look at the tips I have put together, and it will help you find that perfect bathing suit you have longed for.


First Things First ...A Swimsuit Should Flatter And Be Comfortable

Consider Comfort - Your Swimsuit Should Be Comfortable

Keep in mind, you want to look great in your swimsuit, but you should also feel comfortable in your new swimsuit. Find a suit that provides comfortable shoulder straps, along with a stretchy fabric that won't creep up the backside when you swim. When choosing a swimsuit it is so important to be realistic. When you reach for that two-piece suit be sure to ask yourself, "I am I being realistic? Will a two-piece really suit my body type, and will I feel comfortable? All I am just saying, It's very important that you also feel comfortable in your swimsuit.

Address Your Particular Figure Concerns

Let's find a perfect swimsuit for you. First I must warn you, this is where you have to look at your body and to start addressing particular body concerns. It's good to consider that there are very few women that would claim to have a perfect body. Most women will admit to having at least one issue with their physique. Time to stand in front of a full-length mirror in the nude, and have a long look. By doing this you can see what part of your body can you show off, and what parts you may need to play down.


Tips For Plus Size Women Looking For That Perfect Swimsuit

Swimsuits today come in a wide variety of styles for the plus-size woman. As well as a variety of colors, and fabrics. So, if you are a plus-size woman please keep in mind you too can find a suit that will flatter your wonderful figure, and be comfortable to wear. Fortunately, today designers have come to realize that not all women are size two. There now is a wide array of plus size swimsuits styles to choose from, and are fashionable, and will actually flatter a fuller figure.

So, how should a full-figured woman go about choosing a swimsuit that will be flattering yet have a comfortable fit, and also work to accentuate her fabulous curves in all the right places? First, when shopping for your new swimsuit pass over the typical boring black swimsuit you are as a rule drawn to. It's time to think about happy colors, as well as great prints! If you have well-rounded curves you will truly look great in a colored swimsuit. So, choose a color that will highlight your well rounded feminine curves.

Another important consideration you have to know your figure. You have to become well acquainted with your personal figure, its pluses, and its flaws This means you must look at your figure in a mirror, and choose just what features you would like to highlight. At the same time decide which parts of your body you want to play down. This truly will require a good long look into a full-length mirror. \

Perhaps you have a full, and shapely cleavage? Maybe you have strong muscular Sexy looking legs? Get to know that body frame and all of its great assets. Then you will be ready to choose that perfect swimsuit.

Just Curious? As you can see by the poll results, most women have problems finding that perfect swimsuit ...


Be Realistic - A One-Piece Or A Two-Piece

Many women just do not feel comfortable in a two-piece swimsuit. Actually, some of the most beautiful sexiest women that hit the beaches prefer to wear a one-piece suit. Maybe this type of woman likes to show just enough skin to make a statement, without feeling they have to bare it all.

The one-piece swimsuit will show more back, and less tummy. Also, as a rule, a bit more cleavage as well as more thigh. So, maybe a one-piece swimsuit is a good choice if you want to show off your body's best assets. Such as a great cleavage and sexy back, while working to conceal a tummy problem.

Small Up Top ... To Pad Or Not To Pad?

Small on top? Look for tops that provide some padding, and an under-wire. If you have made up your mind to purchase a two-piece suit, look at a demi bra style swimsuit. This style of swimsuit is a good choice for women with smaller bra sizes. It can provide those that are less endowed with a beautiful fuller looking bust-line. Make sure with this type of suit to get one that has an adjustable strap. It will provide the option of hiking up your breasts, which again will add to providing a fuller look up top. Another trick to making your bust appear larger, think ruffles. Actually ruffled tops are very hot and on-trend. You might also consider the bandeau top or a tri-top, these are looks that are actually best on women that have a smaller bust-line.

Got Lots Up Top?

If you are large on top, it's always smart to get a swimsuit with extra support. An underwire top can work well, and give you a well-supported look. Try on a suit with a Halter-top, halters give great support and elongate the body taking attention away from the chest area. Look for styles that are banded around the midriff, and can be tied in back, a tie in the back can give lots of support and provide some needed lift. Another good choice is one-piece swimsuits with some structure in the bust area. A soft foam cup or at least a shelf bra can add support. Love a more sporty look? Try on some straight cut bust styles, such as a classic tank. The classic tank is a good look for a busty woman. it works to elongate the figure by providing a long slim look. If you are considering a bikini, remember you still have to consider good bust support.

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Short Legs or Torso

A High Cut Hip Is A Must To Elongate Your Look.

If you have short legs or a short torso, you will want to create the illusion of a longer leg, and or torso. Try on swimsuits that have a higher cut in the thigh area. This will make your legs appear longer and slimmer. If you are blessed with curvy hips, this higher cut thigh will truly also work to accentuate your waistline. Add a heart-shaped neckline cut, and I will guaranty you will have the look you have always dreamed of. Another tip if you want that long torso look, think stripes! I know you have heard about how stripes can visually lengthen the body, so make sure to consider trying on a few vertical striped suits.

What to avoid if you have a shorter leg or torso. The boy shorts and skirted bikinis will draw the eye downward and gives a sharp cut look at the top of the leg. Which will make the legs appear shorter than they actually are.

Long Torso -- Horizontal Strips Are A Good Choice


Long Torso

Wearing clothes is as a rule very easy for the tall long-legged woman. However, when it comes to choosing a bathing suit, sometimes it's not so easy. Tall women, as a rule, do not want to look too lanky in a swimsuit.

To hide a long torso think horizontal stripes, your body type can pull off horizontal stripes. Look for suits in all the fabulous bright colors, as well as those wonderful fabrics, like velvet or stretch terry. If you want a one-piece swimsuit, try on a few of the fab cut-out suits. The cut-out swimsuits can work to break up your long torso. Another good look at the taller woman, one-piece suits with finished off with cuffed shorts. This is a great way to show off your hips while making your legs look a bit shorter. Ever try on a swimsuit with a ruffled skirt? Please do, you will be surprised at the look in your taller frame.

What to avoid, up and down stripes, high necklines, and dark, solid colors. All will elongate your frame.


Long Legs, Accentuate Them

Some women have long legs and are comfortable with accentuating the look. So, If you have long legs, you may want to accentuate them. Try on suits with a bottom that ties at the hip. Look for a suit that is high-cut at the thigh, this will make your legs look even longer. Avoid boy shorts or skirted bottoms, this style of swimsuit will make your legs look shorter. One last tip, try on a pattern design that runs vertically. If you want a solid suit to keep to bright colors. In regard to the neckline, V-shaped necklines draw the eye up and down, making you appear even taller.

Pair Shaped Body Type


The Pear Shaped Figure

If you have a pear-shaped body type the key is to draw the eye upward. Try on swimsuits that have designs or embellishments on the top of the suit. A swimsuit that has a little design on the top will draw the eye up, and away from the hip area. What to avoid when purchasing a suit if you have a pair shaped body type. Stay clear of small tiny little bikini bottoms with embellishments. Remember we want the eye to travel up away from the pear-shaped bottom. Make sure your top is the main feature. The bottom should be well fitted, without a skirt or the boy shorts. Keep to darker colors on the bottom, save all the color for the top of the suit.


The Athletic Body

If you have a slender or athletic body type, a great looking sporty suit will most flatter your body type. The slender women that have a well-toned muscular body can actually get away with wearing a swimsuit that has a shorts cut bottom. If you're a tall woman, an all-over pattern may draw attention away from your height, and put the spotlight on the area of the body you hope to show off. Another good option is a classic tank, with a lower cut top, to show a bit of cleavage.


The Hourglass Body Type

So, you are lucky and have an hourglass shape. To show off an hourglass body type you may want to try a one-piece suit. The hourglass body shape looks wonderful in suits that have bold colors. Color can work to show off every curve. Have a tummy? Think empire waist. The empire waist truly flatters an hourglass shape. The higher waist works by taking attention away from the stomach, drawing the eye to the bust-line. Don't let a large bust keep you from wearing a two-piece. If you have the shape, go for it! Try a halter top or a top with wide straps to add support on top. If needed choose a top with a built-in bra for a bit of extra support.

No waist? You'll want to focus on the bust and the legs.


No Notable Waistline

Not much of a waistline? Try on tankinis. The tankini can provide a wonderful solution to a larger waistline. If your waistline is the problem area, think of diverting the eye up to your cleavage area, bring out that ample bust-line. Try on the swimsuits with the sexy necklines, like a v-neck or a heart finish at the neckline.

Do you need to make your waistline appear smaller? Actually plus size swimwear is a rule designed to trim that particular section. Elements you want to look for that will work to create a smaller looking waistline, think, color, and even stripes. Another good tip, try on suits that have side shirring, and waist inserts. Shirring and side inserts work to pull in that waistline. Princess waistlines also draw the eye up to the top cleavage. One last tip - try on suits with lighter upper colors, and darker bottoms, this will work to balance your figure and define the waistline.


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youngKwon on July 23, 2012:

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alicialoyd on July 05, 2012:

This is really helpful, very detailed. My friends will surely want to read on this. Picking the best suitable swimsuit and then feeling great and comfortable is a must.

anonymous on June 21, 2012:

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whitemild on July 14, 2011:

your lenses so inspired :)

uswriter001 on May 14, 2011:

So helpful! It's just now bathing suit season and I feel like I really know what to look for now to best accentuate my best features! Thank you.

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