Does the mere thought of the beach send you over the edge of sanity? Well, I, for one, raise my hand in solidarity because I'm as apprehensive as you are. No matter what size you are, we all have confidence issues about finding the right swimwear to flatter our figures and minimize a part of our physique that ranks as our least favorite. Take a moment to read about what to look for and what to avoid when you're ready to take the "plunge" into a new bathing suit! I start with general guidelines and follow with specific body-type recommendations.
What You May Want to Avoid:
- Handkerchief, Two-Piece Tankinis: Cute on tweens and teens, but don't provide any support at the belly and waist, if that's an area of concern for you.
- String Bikini Bottoms: The ties on the bottom offer no support; these bottoms often make a large area look even larger.
- Triangle Bikini Tops: A little triangle piece of fabric won't provide ample support for ample cleavage.
- Tops and/or One-Piece Suits Without Strap Support: Strapless suits of any kind are lacking support.
- Bikinis in General = Less fabric means less support in the areas you need it the most!
Try to Look For:
- Swimwear with built-in body-slimming, -smoothing and -shaping support around the cleavage and belly areas.
- Suits that have underwire support in the bra
- Swim dresses and swim skirts that offer a visual flow around butt and thigh areas to minimize size concerns.
- Color and Color-Blocking: Don't feel you have to wear basic black because it's slimming. Color and color-blocking, if done right, can make you look just as slim as the classic black suit.
- A great beach cover-up! If you're feeling a bit self-conscious, wear this at the outset until you're feeling more comfortable. Baby steps – don't push yourself or set unrealistic expectations at the start of summer!
- Accessories! Finish the look, just like you would for a work outfit. Think: Statement necklace/bracelet, chic summer sandals, a wide-brimmed straw hat and stylish sunglasses. This will help draw attention away from an area you're not as fond of.
- Remember to Apply Self-Tanner: The way light reacts/reflects with a tan has the ability to make you appear pounds thinner.