If you want your swimsuit to look fabulous, it should fit well and be comfortable. If it is too tight, it will emphasise any bumps and bulges. If necessary, buy a size up – only you know the size on the label.
This applies to a bikini, too – a good-to-generous fit will ensure there are no bulges, particularly spilling over the bottom half of the bikini. And with so many brands offering tops and bottoms separately, it is easy to get the size that’s right for you.
Disguise wide shoulders with a halter-neck style swimsuit or bikini, but avoid halter neck styles if you have wide hips as they emphasise a pear shape.
Create the illusion of narrower hips with a one-piece or bikini that has wide-set straps, or interesting shoulder detail.
Whether you wear a swimsuit, bikini or tankini, always choose a high cut side as it elongates the leg and is so much more flattering. Shorts-cut swimwear is possibly the least flattering in the world for all but the skinniest legs. Avoid, however on trend unless you are a straight up-and-down 18-year-old.
If you wear a cup size larger than C, always choose a swimsuit or bikini with really good bra support. Look for underwiring, light padding and straps that won’t let you down (so to speak). With a one-piece, ensure the swimsuit is long enough in the body; if it is cut too short, it will drag your boobs down. Always buy the right cup size to avoid “spaniel ears”.
Crossover styles are especially flattering for the well endowed, and if there's some draping or gathers over the tummy, that can disguise tummy bulges. If you want to minimise, choose your swimsuit in a dark, plain colour while print can conceal bumps and bulges.
There are now lots of “miracle” and “magic” one-pieces on the market. They can really pull you in and give you a flatter tummy and trimmer waist. But don’t buy one too tight; you need to be able to breathe and move, and if it is too tight you will create bumps and bulges elsewhere – after all the flesh has to go somewhere!
Always check the rear view so you can see how you look from the back. Some brands definitely design their bikinis and swimsuits with very lean, very firm figures in mind, and these will not suit “real” bodies. Happily, lots of swimwear brands also recognise that some women need a bit more coverage. As we said, check the rear view...
Choose gorgeous cover-ups that make you feel glamorous and sexy. Sarongs are most flattering when tied just below the natural waistline. Ensure the knot is just off centre; if it is at your hip, it will widen your silhouette. Kaftans are deeply glamorous, too. Choose a length that most flatters you; very short will widen your silhouette, while knee length or longer will narrow it. There are stunning sarongs and kaftans to buy on the SoSensational Directory, and more stylish swimwear at Vevie, a SoSensational Privilege Partner.
Accessories can be your poolside friends, too. Wear the highest sandals you can to elongate legs, choose bold jewellery – a chunky necklace and bold bangles – to draw the eye from any figure issues, and choose a fabulous beach bag to make you feel ultra-glam.
And remember, if you buy your swimwear online, you can try as many as you like in comfort and privacy and just send back the ones you don’t want (return P&P is often free).
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