2. TWISTS & TURNS--Very much like the goddess trend in evening wear, the draped and shirred swimsuit is very hot right now. Luckily for us, it's also VERY forgiving. They create soft curves and force the viewer's eye to travel along the shirring and not settle on one area. It's elegant camouflage!
3. GIRL POWER--Feminine touches are really strong this year. Skirted looks, ruffles, bows and all ladylike details are in style in sportswear and swimwear as well. Look for pretty, feminine prints if you prefer a sleek silhouette.
4. RETRO STYLING--One current trend in swimwear is more coverage. Think 40's pin-up. Very sexy, very powerful, fully covered! Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative by creating a long, lean look. A sweetheart neck maillot, or skirted tankini can is flattering and still quite chic.
Some Important tips
Since all swimwear manufacturers have a different fit, be sure to bring at least three sizes of a suit you like into the dressing room. It doesn't matter what the size number is if you look great in the suit. (If it really bothers you, remove the tag after you buy it!)
Look for inner construction. Improvements in fabrications and bra components have allowed designers to offer smoothing and shaping garments that are really quite comfortable. That extra bit of confidence and support they can give is liberating!
HOURGLASS BODY TYPE
If you’ve got an overall curvy shape with similarly wide hips and shoulders but a smaller waist, a full rear and thigh, and slim and shapely lower legs, your figure is considered hourglass shaped. Look for swimsuits that keep the eye busy, and especially any suits that accentuate the waist. The best swimsuits for women with the hourglass body type tend to have halter tops, V-necks, allover prints and side details, which highlight the curves and give good accent to the waist and legs. Any style of suit works fairly well with the hourglass body type.
SQUARE/RECTANGLE BODY TYPE
This body type includes women with a bust, waist, and hips of a similar size. If you consider your figure as “boyish", it can be very beneficial to your figure to create curves by trying halter top swimsuits, twists, wraps, and skirts to add shape for a very flattering and feminine look. Look for shirring at the waist and bust or pretty details like ruffles to add the illusion of curves.
PEAR/TRIANGLE BODY TYPE
For women with more prominent hips, thighs, and rear, less prominent shoulders and bust, and average to large legs, swim dresses and skirtinis can be a great way to provide balance to the figure. Look for swimsuits that use a print or light colored top and a solid, dark bottom. Or try something with an embellished bust line to draw the eye up toward your face and shoulders. Women with fuller thighs should look for dresses, skirts, and shorts that flatter the figure, and other slimming designs include one pieces or swim dresses with princess seams and empire waistlines.
HEART/APPLE/INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY TYPE
If you have a full bust, waist, and upper back, but less full hips, a flat rear, and a pronounced tummy and midriff with slim arms and legs, you should look for suits that provide a steady balance to your body type, especially any swimsuits that can elongate your figure. Swimsuits with a built-in underwire bra and skirted bottoms can be very flattering and balancing, and wide or square necked suits can narrow the shoulders. Look for surplices to provide a longer and more balanced look to your figure, or consider blousons to camouflage and downplay your midsection while accenting your other attributes.
To get the longest possible life out of your swimsuit, it is important to take care of it properly. Swimwear is made of the same delicate fabrics as lingerie and must be treated gently. What you like most about the suit, the soft silky fabric, its vivid color, and the excellent fit provided by the spandex in the suit, are what is most fragile about the garment.
Even if you don’t swim in your swimsuit, you must wash it after every use. Sea water, chlorine, perspiration, and sun blocks are all natural enemies to the fibers of your swimsuit. They all contain elements that will deteriorate the spandex and dyes in your suit if you don’t remove them every time it’s worn.
After EVERY use, the garment must be hand washed. Harmful elements such as suntan lotions, salt, chlorine, and body perspiration can cause discoloration and spandex breakdown. Since laundry detergents are too harsh on the spandex and the color, use mild hand soap made without added moisturizers. Do not wring the suit to remove excess water, lay it flat on a towel and roll the towel up and squeeze GENTLY. Remove it from the towel and lay it flat to dry. Do not hang it to dry as that will stretch out the fibers in the fabric. Avoid using washers & dryers as damage can occur due to agitation and excessive heat.
It is also important to let your suit “rest” between uses. This allows the spandex to bounce back (called recovery) to its original size and maintains its fit longer. If you wear a suit without letting it recover, it will lose its shape and fit more quickly. It’s recommended to let the suit rest for 24-36 hours between uses. Always remove excess moisture with a towel and lay flat to dry indoors or in the shade. Also note direct sunlight will fade your suit. It is always a great idea to have more than one suit.
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