Bathing-suit shopping: It sucks...for everyone....but, with a little guidance, it can suck less. Here's a list of tips, to help you find a suit that flatter's your problem areas.
1- Whittle Your Waist: No matter what your body-type, we all want a smaller waist. A vertical pattern and halter top can help you fake that ideal hourglass shape.
2- Look Good From Behind: Back-fat... the name alone is. Just. AWFUL. You need a suit that doesn't pinch or create rolls, so a style that actually dips low in the back, and supports from the side, is better option than just trying to cover it all up.
3- Chest Support: The number one rule for the generously endowed: Go for underwire. Then pick a simple silhouette while playing with prints and color.
4- Bottoms Up: If you've got an ample ass-et, be careful when trying to minimize it. If its your thighs you want to down-size, swim skirts actually work against you by cutting you off at the wrong spot. Suits with a high-cut leg lengthen your legs. Slimming your hips are where the skirts come in handy, but avoid patterns completely.
5- Pulling It Together: Maybe you just had a baby... maybe you never lost the holiday weight... maybe you just wanna suck things in a bit. In that case, fabric is key...you want a suit with "tight stretch." Strategic ruching and a busy pattern also help disguise bumps and bulges.
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