You should feel comfortable in a bathing suit, and the suit should also flatter your body. Depending on your body type and a couple other physical traits, certain bathing suits will work better than others. Read on to find out how to choose the right bathing suit.
Different body types look better in certain types of bathing suits than others. The first factor to consider is what type of body type you have so you can accentuate and hide certain features. Generally, there are four body types, the pear, apple, hourglass and straight shape. Pear shaped women have hips that are significantly wider than the waist and bust. Apple shaped women have a waist and bust of near equal width and slim hips. Hourglass women have a bust and hips that are about the same width with a significantly smaller waist. Finally, straight bodied women have a waist, hips and bust that are about the same width.
You should choose a bathing suit color that best flatters your features and skin tone. Certain colors can be used to highlight a feature. To highlight your bust, you should wear a bright color or pattern on the top part of your bathing suit. To hide a feature, you should wear solid colors. If you have pale skin, you should purchase a bathing suit in a dark color such as black, navy or maroon. People with tan or dark skin should purchase bathing suits in bright colors such as white, pink, yellow or red. You can also mix and match colors with your top and bottom. For example, to highlight your bust but hide your hips, you can buy a bright colored top and a dark colored bottom.
Certain fabrics can accentuate or hide features when wearing a swimsuit. To add volume, choose a bathing suit with ruffles. For example, if you have small breasts, try to choose a bathing suit top with ruffles. To hide volume, use ruched fabric. For example, if you want to hide volume on the stomach, get a one piece with ruched fabric.
Certain styles can draw attention to or from features. A one piece swimsuit will hide your waist. A high waisted bottom will make your legs appear longer. A tankini top will highlight your waist. Boyshorts will make your hips appear wider. Halter and triangle tops highlight the bust while bandeau tops make bust appear wider. A straight across top also will make bust appear smaller.
Finally, take into consideration what you will be using your bathing suit for. If you plan on doing a lot of swimming, you shouldn’t buy a white bathing suit that can easily get dirty. Additionally, if you plan on using your bathing suit for a life guarding job, you should probably purchase a one piece. Furthermore, if you’ll be swimming in cold water, you may want to consider a wet suit. If you need a bathing suit for tanning, a strapless top will leave you with less tan lines.