Although the weather is starting to cool down here in San Diego, it's still swimsuit season! That's the beauty of living in year-round gorgeous weather ;) I used to dread shopping for a swimsuit and I realize that many of you, no matter what size you are, probably panics over picking out a swimsuit and worries that it will fit your figure well. Instead of worrying about your body and wishing you had another one, work with what you have!
Here are a few tips that will help ease the stress of finding the perfect swimsuit or bikini: Tops
In my experience of shopping for swimsuits, I believe that you can never go wrong with a halter top. Halters are flattering on everyone from AA cups to DD cups and give you that little lift if you need it. Triangle tops look best on women with cup sizes B and lower. If you do have a larger cup size and want to wear a triangle top, try to find one with an underwire. An underwire, bra-style top would best suit those with narrow shoulders and larger cup sizes.
Women who are "well-endowed" should find a swimsuit that offers full support. Swimsuits that will flatter you are halter-tops or swimsuits that have molded under wire cups to keep everything in place. A swimsuit with the additional strap across the back, along the bust line, also provides additional support. If your the top part of your body is wider than your hips, you should choose a two-piece with a skort or shorts. This will help balance the top and bottom of your body.
The benefit of tie side bottoms is that you can adjust the ties so they do not cut into your waist. Brazilian-cut bottoms are nice for those that care to show off a flattering behind, but let me forewarn you - they ride up very easily. If you don't feel comfortable showing alot of skin, you may want to try a skirted bottom.
One Piece Swimsuits
When searching for one piece swimsuits, it's always good to stick with a solid color. Darker, single-block colors are more slimming, however there are patterns that can hide your figure too. If you do decide on a swimsuit that has prints, make sure the patterns are centered on the middle of your body. Also, avoid horizontal stripes or patterns unless you want to look wider than you are!
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a new swimsuit is to know what works best for your features. Just because a swimsuit looks good on the hanger doesn't necessarily mean it will look good on you!