My kids are officially on summer break, which means they will be asking to hit the neighborhood swimming pool at any moment. Why does this put my stomach in knots? Oh yeah, because I will be SQUEEZING INTO MY SWIMMING SUIT.
It happens every year. I try on the swimsuit I wore the year before and it doesn’t fit the same. Whether it be a few more bumps, lumps or added or lost pounds, my body is almost always a different shape from season to season. It is just a reality of life, especially for women.
I could cry on my pillow and try to hide from the pool this summer, but that isn’t exactly fair to my kids or myself. No, instead, I must embrace this body of mine and find a bathing suit that complements it best. If I find the right attitude AND the right bathing suit for my body shape, I will survive this summer. It can be done, ladies.
I hope these tips below help you in your journey to looking fabulous this summer as well. Let’s get started…
Rectangular shapes can appear boxy and shapeless, so finding suits that define the waistline with wraps and belts will give your body more shape and definition. Also, this is the perfect body type to go wild with textures like bows, ruffles and stripes!
Full-figured women can flaunt their beautiful curves by selecting bathing suits that offer support in the bust and tummy area. A Lycra fabric will assist in smoothing out the body, as well as provide needed support.
A pear-shaped body needs more attention on the top half to balance the lower half, so prints and patterns on top are a must. Halter tops and tankinis will also help lengthen the body by providing more shoulder definition.
Athletic body types can appear masculine, so bathing suits that include a feminine touch will help soften the body. Look for bright pinks and purples for a little feminine fun! This shape can also handle unique cut outs and racer backs as well!
Hourglass shapes already have a great natural balance, so the less flashy the suit, the better. Look for simple, classic colors and designs that hug your curves and you’ll be set.
Like a full-figured body, large bust figures need proper support. Suits that include a v-neck or large strap size will help provide necessary support, and dark colors will complement the overall shape.
Small-busted women need to find balance on top to even-out the bottom. Suits that include textures on top, such as bows, stripes and ruffles, will add volume to the top half, creating an illusion of balance.
No matter your size, shape and confidence-level, everyone needs to wear the one thing that will suit every body – sun block. Whether you’re a “sit under the umbrella” kind of gal or a woman who loves the sun, protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher. Make sure to apply liberally and often and slather sunscreen on the kids, too.
Which body type do you have and what kind of swim suit makes you look and feel your best? Share your swim suit tips and tricks with us!