It's possible to find a swim suit that fits your body well and makes you feel great. Knowing your body type plays a HUGE part in that (refer to my "Know Your Body Shape" blog post http://www.queenpersona.com/2011/10/know-your-body-shape.html for a better insight)
Below are a couple of necessary steps to take when choosing your swimsuit.......
1) Know your body shape. Your body shape will determine what swimsuit you should buy. If you can, measure your hips at the widest point, waist at the smallest point, and bust at the fullest point for better reference. (If you don't have a tape, try to eyeball it.) Here are a couple of quick facts:
-Pear shape: If your hips are significantly wider than both your waist and bust, you're probably a pear.
-Apple shape: If your waist is significantly wider than your hips, and equal to or nearly as wide as your bust, you might be an apple.
-Hourglass shape: If your bust and hips are about the same width, but your waist is significantly smaller, you're a classic hourglass.
-Inverted Triangle shape: If you're generally thin all around, with no significant difference between your hips, waist and bust.
2) Identify what aspects of your body you want to accentuate. Depending on your shape or your combination of shapes, there are going to be areas that you want to accentuate. By drawing attention to the right areas, you make yourself look more balanced in a bikini:
-If you have no waist, try to choose a bikini that will help you create curves. Bikini bottoms with some type of belt will work, as will some sort of detail on the bottoms like rings, ruffles or sides that tie. On top, aim for something that fills you out such as triangle tops or halter tops, and padding in the top can help give the illusion of more cleavage.
-For wide shoulders and a narrow lower half, you will want to choose a bikini that draws attention to your hips. Go for bottoms that have embellishment, rings, a belt or large prints.
-To highlight a feature you like, use a bright color or pattern.
-To hide something you don't like, use a solid color. If you have pale skin, use black or deep jewel tones, such as dark purple, navy and maroon. If you have dark skin, bright colors can actually be more flattering and help hide what you don't like.
-To add volume (such as to the bust or hips), choose a piece with ruffles in that area.
4) Learn what to downplay or avoid to help flatter your figure. Just like there are parts you want to accentuate, there will also be areas that you want to downplay to avoid drawing too much attention to when you wear a bikini:
-If you have no waist, the goal is to create a more curvy look, so avoid anything with horizontal stripes, solid colors or really tiny bottoms.
-Play down fuller hips by choosing a very simple bottom that sits right on the hips. Avoid any bottoms that tie, and you can even go a shade darker on the bottom than on your top to help direct attention up.
5) Select the right cut. Here's a quick primer on what you might want to favor or avoid:
-A one-piece will hide your waist. Choose one with shirred panels over the stomach, or in a dark, solid color.
-A bottom that's high-waisted can also help hide a waist. Again, go with a dark color or shirring.
-A tankini will highlight your waist, because it draws the eye to the section of skin that's showing. If you love your waist but don't like your hips or bust so much, choose this.
-Tie-front bikini tops draw the eye to the bust, as well as pulling the breasts closer toward the center. If you have small breasts and want them to look larger, this might be a good fit.
-Bandeau tops will make the bust seem wider. If you're a pear and you want to imitate an hourglass shape, choose a bandeau top with ruffles or another busy detail.
-For a large bust, look for a straight across cut at the top of your swimsuit with wide set straps to minimize your bust.
Add a stylish Coverup/Wrap
**The most important of all...........HAVE CONFIDENCE! You have to know that you’ll find something that you love and that you'll feel good when wearing it**
Stay blessed! MUAHHHHHH