With summer finally here, it's time to start thinking about finding the perfect swimsuit for those lazy days by the pool or at the beach. While I know most of us look forward to the summer months, I also know that most of us dread the thought of shopping for swimsuits. We beat ourselves up for not starting that 'bikini body' diet in time, and we decide the best option is to cover up on the beach and promise that next year we'll definitely have our bikini body ready. One thing I always tell my clients when it comes to swimsuit season is to forget the 'bikini body' diet, and forget about covering up! It doesn't matter what size or shape you are, there are swimsuit options that will work for you, you just have to know what to look for! If you're shopping for clients or even trying to find your own perfect swimsuit, then here's a few rules that will make it so much easier:
Top Heavy - For those who've been blessed in the boob department you'll want to avoid string bikini's at all costs. When buying a bikini it's important to shop by bra sizes, not the general small, medium, large sizing system. A bra type top with an underwire will give the needed support and shape, so there's no need to worry about anything popping out when taking a dip in the pool.
Small Boobs - For those so who are slightly smaller in the boob department, then you can easily create the illusion of a larger chest with tops that have ruffles or embellishments. Padded tops in bikinis or one-piece suits will also do the trick.
Large Derriere - For those women who are simply 'bootylicious' then you'll want to find a suit that provides enough coverage. Brazilian and string bottoms can be very uncomfortable and can find the wearer spending all day adjusting themselves rather than relaxing and having fun. So go for full coverage bottoms. A great way to balance out the bum is to go for swimsuits that are a solid colour on the bottom with printed tops.
Flat Derriere - Ruching and frills are a flat derrieres best friend and will create the illusion of a curvy behind. Avoid full coverage bottoms and choose bright coloured and patterned bottoms.
Large Hips - Opt for plain solid colours on the bottom and draw attention upwards by using frills, patterns, and bold colours up top. A full coverage bottom will work best.
Tummy Troubles - For those who are unhappy with their tummy area then a one-piece suit with a high cut leg or deep v-neck is a great option as it has a slimming effect and creates a great silhouette. If you're looking for a two-piece then go for a high-waisted bottom that covers the belly button. There are also some amazing bikinis that have built in support panels for those troublesome tummies.
Full Thighs - You'll definitely want to look for more coverage and avoid Brazilian or string styles. A boy short bottom is a perfect option or a bottom with skirting to create balance.
Short Legs - It's actually easy to create the illusion of longer legs in a swimsuit! Choose a high-cut leg or a string style bottom. Yes, it's that simple!
Short Torso - To add length to the torso then choose halter neck tops and lower cut tops. This look is the perfect way to elongate the body.
Here's to a stylish and fun summer, and don't forget the sunscreen!