If you’re clueless about how to buy a swimsuit that will hide your flaws and pump up the sex appeal, learn a few key fashion pointers before you strike a pose poolside.
If you are looking to buy a swimsuit for a petite frame:
Petite swimsuit sizing is all about finding the perfect proportion. Stick to string bikinis, halter-tops and deep-plunging v-necks that’ll elongate and balance a small body.
Minimize the large prints and bold patterns, which overwhelm a petite frame. Buy a swimsuit that has a little padding at the top, and bottoms cut high on the leg to make your legs look longer.
If you want to make your legs look long and lean:
A high-cut bottom is your best option. To elongate your legs, buy a suit that features a deep v. If you are trying to hide a flabby tummy, do not buy a suit cut too high on the waist.
If you want to elongate your legs, stay away from boy shorts. They tend to make your legs look wider and thicker.
If you need a swimsuit to balance your body:
Do you have a large top but a small bottom? Or perhaps a big bosom and a small rear-end? Buy a swimsuit whose tops and bottoms vary in color.
Select a dark-colored bottom with a floral-printed or vibrantly colored top to give the illusion of balance between large hips and a small bust.
If you need your swimsuit to add a few curves to small breasts or a flat chest:
Ruffles, stripes and padded swimsuits do wonders to enhance a flat chest, but an underwire bra helps add fullness to the breasts too.
Stay clear of bandeau tops and buy a bathing suit with a triangular-shaped bikini top instead. Buy swimsuits that have tie closure at the bust, à la Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, to help emphasize your curves and pump up the volume in your breasts.
If you are blessed with a large bust, the best swimsuit to flatter your figure features:
Crisscrossed piping under the bust separates a large bosom from the torso hiding beneath. Buy a swimsuit with an underwire bra to lift and support large breasts.
Use dark colors on the top of the swimsuit to minimize breast, but prevent side spillage with a halter-top with ample fabric. Stay away from string bikinis that do not give support for heavy breasts, and may dig into your shoulders.
If you want to buy a swimsuit to hide a large belly:
You want to buy a swimsuit that flatters your figure beautifully, yet covers your flabby tummy discretely. A woman with an ample tummy should favor ruched or shirring in the bodice or empire-waisted swimwear to create an illusion of a slim waist.
Or enhance your slim arms and flaunt your shapely shoulders or collarbones, in sexy spaghetti straps, to draw the eyes away from your stomach.
If you wear a size 14-18 bathing suit:
You can wear prints! Select colors and shapes that draw the eyes away from the middle. Shift the focus from a heavy bottom to the top of your body. Wear flared-skirts to create an hourglass shape.
Buy a swimsuit featuring halter-tops, v-necks or a wrap one-piece. Shop for swimsuits with stretch in the bottom to pull over your upper thighs to balance your voluptuous frame and minimize your hips.