Bikini Bewares: A Woman’s Guide to the Perfect Swimsuit Fit

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Spring is here and some women have bikini fears! Before you know it Summer will be right around the corner! I bet you still haven’t went swimsuit shopping because you’re not sure what kind looks right on you. This guide should alleviate those fears so that every woman can be a total beach babe in her own light!

So, the swimsuit companies of the world have finally figured out that every woman’s body is different, and needs to be accentuated the right way for each person. We as women all have things we both like and dislike about our bodies, but we all deserve to feel beautiful in a bikini or bathing suit. Like most things in life that involve covering the body you have to find what works best for you. What works for your bestie, mom, or sister may or may not work for you if you have completely different body frames and shapes.

My busty women should look for these qualities in a bathing suit or bikini: Underwire is key, but wide or adjustable straps, boning, seamed cups, and sturdy linings help lift the chest, too. Other ancillary support features, like high necklines, full coverage at the armholes, or halters with wide bands under the breasts, also help. And embrace the bikini: “In some cases, a bikini is actually better, because you have a band of support all the way around the back,” says Linda Sassoon, president of Gottex USA. They should also avoid styles that gape open or lack structure, like triangle tops.

My hippier ladies with thick ‘em thighs should look for these qualities in a bathing suit or bikini: a suit with eye-catching details above the waist like a pop of color, a deep neckline, or hardware to lure attention to your upper half. On the bottom half, shoot for an arched leg line that hits about an inch south of the hip bone. “A skirted bottom also hides hips,” says Ilene Sofferman, manager of Canyon Beachwear, in New York City. An A-line cut, a slit, or ruched sides keep the look modern. They should also try to avoid boy shorts, one-pieces with side cutouts, and bottoms with embellishments, especially ring hardware.

My fuller figured femmes should look for these qualities in a bathing suit or bikini: tankinis, suits that have ruched or textured fabric, or built-in control panels to suck in an ample midsection. And, no, you don’t have to shy away from all bikinis, says Kari Rubin, owner of the Sunsplash Swimwear boutique, in San Diego. “Choose styles with high waistbands that are shirred or folded to give you more coverage.” They should also however try to avoid tight-fitting tankinis, belt detailing, and low-rise or string bottoms.

bikinis-for-body-typesMy straight and slim ladies should look for these qualities in a bathing suit or bikini: “3D details such as ruffles, rings, shirring, padding, and even bold prints can make a straight body look more curvaceous,” says Pamella Protzel Scott, creative director for the swimwear line Ella Moss Isla: “Bottoms with embellishments bring attention to the hips and create a waistline.”

Ladies, we come in all kinds different shapes and sizes. Boast in your unique beauty by accentuating the right features. Embrace your curves or lack thereof. It can’t be stressed enough for you all to love yourself, your body, and you appearances. You will cause a chain reaction and possibly change the minds of others and the view of the world.

Tenekeyia Esjuante

Fashion & Beauty Writer

Raised all over the world thanks to the Army, but roots are in Alabama. Had a passion for fashion and writing for as long as can remember. Currently a sophomore attending the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA; majoring in Fashion Marketing & Management/ minoring in Advertising Copywriting.