Posted on July 24th, 2010
Have you shopped for a swimsuit already this season? Do you need a new swimsuit? Most of my girlfriends say that shopping for a new swimsuit is one of the most loathsome tasks they have to face – in fact one girlfriend had recently told me that she would much rather undergo a root canal than shop for a swimsuit!
If you feel the same, I can’t blame you. I always thought it was interesting how we all go to great lengths to cover ourselves up in our everyday lives, dressing smartly to create the illusion of having a better figure than we actually have, only to expose it all, pretty much, at the beach or at the pool.
But since most of us do enjoy spending time at the beach, and swimwear fashion probably won’t be headed anytime soon back to the days of swimsuits that offered full coverage (as in, long sleeves and pants), we need to make the most of what we have. Here are a few tips to make finding the right swimsuit less daunting.
- Forget about your cellulite. Seriously. Did you know that nearly all adult women carry fat in their thighs in the form of cellulite? It’s just the way our bodies work. Giving into the beauty industry’s pressure to have smooth thighs, if you’re older than 20, is like giving in to the idea that you should have a wrinkle-free face after 40. Both are ridiculous and cause us to worry too much and to spend way too much on “miracle” lotions and potions.
- If you’re apple-shaped, with a larger upper body and a smaller lower body, you probably want to draw attention to your legs, shoulders and arms. A tankini that offers support for your breasts and tummy coverage would work better than most one-piece swimsuits, which tend to offer less support.
- If you’re pear-shaped, with relatively large thighs and behind, skirted swimsuits are perfect for you. The little skirt offers just enough coverage so that you don’t feel self-conscious about your “problem” areas.
- If you’re overweight, try not to buy into the notion that you should hide under a cover-up or stay fully clothed. That would be so uncomfortable! You do need to spend a little extra on a truly high-quality swimsuit, one that has the right fabric that would keep everything in place. Breast support is crucial. One of the best, most flattering options for you is a halter-top, skirted swimsuit. This style will draw attention to your neck and shoulders and help support your breasts and tummy.
- Skinny? Some people would kill for your figure, but you would likely prefer a more feminine shape. Try a fifties-style, halter, one-piece swimsuit with a built-in, padded bra.
Color can make a big difference in how you look in a swimsuit. Colorblock swimsuits are a great way to draw attention to the areas you like best. For example, a colorblock swimsuit that’s bright-colored on the top and black on the bottom is perfect for pear-shaped women.