Summer is here and many women angst about not being toned enough, thin enough, tanned enough or tight enough to bare their bods at the beach. I’m here to tell you, get over yourself. The average woman is a size 10/12 and has some complaint or other about her body so you’re in good company.
Here’s the real secret. If you know what type of swimsuit best flatters your curves, you will look better, feel more confident and actually look sexier (if you dare!) at the beach or pool this season.
There are options aplenty for all shapes, sizes and level of modesty. For those of you who are bottom heavy, here are my 5 favorite silhouettes and styles to maximize your figure this season.
For women who have a pear (triangle) shape, minimizing the hips and often rear is the challenge. An easy strategy is to use color blocking—wear a darker color on your bottom and a brighter/lighter or printed pattern on top. This tactic minimizes where you are wider and draws attention to your smaller torso. Another alternative, is the skirted suit or tankini in a straight to slight a line silhouette (not flared!).
This suit from Victoria’s Secret is perfect as it achieves both these goals. (Twist tankini with skirted bottom)
Ruched one piece with retro vibe
For triangle shaped women with a tummy skip the bikini! Too often I see ladies with their little paunches all hanging out and honestly they can do so much better. For you, I highly recommend the minimizing one piece. A one piece with ruching at the waist/tummy is an excellent choice for you.
I love this Carmen Marc Valvo retro suit from Victoria’s Secret, which is ruched all over for maximum support and figure flattery. Love it! What is also great is that you can pull the skirted part up or down depending on your coverage needs to minimize your thighs (or not). And this color: hot and haute!
Bikini with skirted bottom
A high waist retro styled bikini bottom with high spandex content can work wonders for the mid section and hips. The idea here is to find a high percentage of spandex to tuck in bulges. This “control” bikini from shape fx is great for your figure because of the bottom but also because of the style of the bikini top. The wide set straps makes your shoulders appear wider so your hips are more in balance. And if you don’t have a tummy you can Flaunt your curves in this number with confidence.
Plunge front printed one piece
Another great way for women with pear shaped figures to play to their strengths is to choose a patterned one piece with deep plunge so the emphasis is on your body’s top half. This floral one piece from Victoria’s Secret is perfect especially for triangles with small busts. The deep plunge and tie shoulders put emphasis at your bust and away from your hips, thighs and rear. And patterns are great camouflagers. Even better, this suit also comes with side ruching to whittle in the waist.
If you look great in white this is a great color choice for your swimsuit. An all white bathing suit can be just as slimming and elongating as a black one if it is designed with your figure in mind. This Juicy Couture suit from Bloomingdales is. Again, the wide set spaghetti straps help balance out your hips, the shirring all over the suit minimizes and controls your ‘softer’ areas, and the skirted bottom helps slim your thighs.
But wait there’s more! Check out these past posts on swimwear.
- What to wear to the beach?
- Swimsuits for all figure types. Part 1
- Bathing Suit Basics for all Bodies. Part 2
Next up, the best swimsuits for inverted triangle figures.
Natalie Jobity, professional image consultant, AKA The Image Diva, Elan Image Management
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