Oh No – Summer’s Here
by Pat Nowak
Most women in our image conscious society are concerned about their bodies. When bathing suit season arrives, panic can ensue. Now, at the beginning of June, with summer arriving and with those winter pounds still hanging around, some feel it is time for concern.
But this year’s news about bathing suits runs the gamut from stylish two piece high-waisted swimwear to athleisure wears’ popularity – Sporty swimwear for women that aren’t afraid to break a sweat.
Ruffles, forals and stripes
Ruffles continue their beachfront reign and floral prints dominate, especially those that feature this summer’s hot color, turquoise. Stripes, always popular, continue to trend this year.
For those a little more daring, retro-inspired suits have been updated with sheer paneling and strategically placed cut-outs. Fringe, back in the spotlight for a number of seasons in the ready-to-wear market, has swimwear designers taking note. If a tasseled suit isn’t your thing, opt for a fringe cover-up.
And finally a throwback to the 90’s, simplify life with minimal swimwear – those basic styles in one piece looks are back in the limelight – basic no longer means boring.
No matter what your style, the most important thing to remember is to shop for your shape. First make sure the fit is good – it might be wise to go up one size. Look for a fit that is snug, but not tight, and make sure that your bust and butt are firmly in the suit – flesh spilling over is not an appealing look. Make sure to stretch, sit down and, if wearing a strapless top, put your hands over your head to make sure the top is stable.
To get your most flattering fit, remember
If you have a boyish figure aim to create curves with ruffles, patterns and color blocking. If you are blessed with curves make sure you have support both with an underwire and be cautious of delicate fabrics as they don’t have the structure you need. If you are ample at the hips add width at the top with special detailing, brighter colors or ruching. A high cut on a suit makes your legs look longer and in better shape.
If you are small busted, put volume on the top with padding or ruffles to make your top seem fuller. If you are fuller on top you might want to use a built in or a push up bra, remembering to keep your cleavage under control.
If you want to look taller make sure to use vertical lines with high cut bottoms, and, if you have a tummy, as most of us do, utilize a plunging neckline to take the attention from the stomach area.
If you need a plus size remember that fitted fabric in solid colors is stylish. Also consider spandex – it is great for any swim suit as it moves with you. In general a darker color will complement all sizes and shapes and some nice alternatives to black (always a yes whether one piece or two) are brown, purple, navy, deep blue or dark green.
Make sure this year you are ready for the pool. These tips will insure that your summer fun is beach party perfect.