You’ve been wearing your shorts for the past three days in a row, so on day number four you seem a little bewildered, confused even and suddenly it hits you like a ray of light, the excitement overwhelms you and you realise – sheepishly smiling – that summer has arrived!
For some this is an indication that it’s time to go shopping in search for the ultimate swimsuit but for others, fear creeps into your heart. Knowing hours in front of a giant dressing room mirror await, only to make your way home empty handed – But never fear because with glamor journalist Lauren Bernstein’s keen eye you can determine which swimsuits accentuates your body best and then use this knowledge to your advantage in picking the perfect swimsuit be it bikini, one piece, tankini or cur outs.
Your body is uniquely shaped with athletic legs and hips and a teeny tiny middle and upper body. Wear bikini’s that accentuate your stomach (drawing attention away from your hips will balance out your look). A stylish trend making a comeback is high waist bikinis – midsize briefs with a boyish-leg cut out. Take advantage of this turn-back-in-time episode and show off those abs. Avoid high leg cuts at all costs which can look very 80’s. Shopping for a one-piece? Look for cuts where the seams of your swimsuit are horizontal and prominent.
The high-waist bikini designs can help to hide those love handles and buying tops and bottoms in different sizes might be a nice option for you. Consider wearing tops with no added detail or in funny patterns or colours, keep it simple and elegant and don’t overdo it, besides you already have those unique bottom curves to show off which means you’re covered.
Tiny Upper body all around
If you feel insecure about strutting on the beach in your bikini simply because you think you have nothing to flaunt – think again ladies. Wear ruffles or embellished tops with a lot of detail. Horizontal stripes create a “big” illusion. Go for bright prints in zigzags or patterns, old school polka dot bikinis are also on the shelves nowadays.
We’re all familiar with the term – hourglass, but I prefer curvy. Find bikinis that accentuate your body in all the right places. Hug-swimsuits are back in style so take advantage of the trend. Go for tiny Horizontal stripes with solid colours don’t go too bright. If you feel a little more comfortable in a tankini then don’t be shy, these little inventions were designed to hide and show off all the right areas. Also try to be a little more daring and go for cut out swimsuits they’re very flattering with interesting patterns and colours.
One of the best inventions by women for women is underwire halters. They’ll keep everything in place just enough to flaunt what Mother Nature has blessed you with. High waist bikini bottoms also add a little tummy control. Like the curvy body type stick to solid colours and even try and mix and miss match some of the colours.
2013 trends to look out for:
- Bohemian style bikinis are very much in style now. Try them in soft pastel colours or neon for a futuristic, Aztec, tribal look
- Try Swimsuits in block colours, like “the Marc” by Marc Jacobs colour block. These Swimsuits are usually designed with two or three colours in mind, think of this design as the professional category of one-pieces and bikinis
- Vintage inspired swimwear – High waist bikini are making their comeback with a slight change to boy-leg bottoms. They’re virtually in any colour but the favourites are the playful prints and polka dot inspired categories.
- Mismatched – A trend that actually never seems to go out of style. Tops and bottoms in a clash of prints and solid colours can inspire you to create your own new authentic look. The Victoria Secret swimsuit line is notorious for having their models pose in mismatched swimwear.
- Drapes and Gathers. A term introduced by Daniel P Dykes. The style seems to be inspired by a Greek goddess type of look. Imagine Rome and the swimwear those ladies would have been seen in, even Athena (the goddess of war) would be seen relaxing on the beach with her fellow ladies. The ruffles and interesting “gather places” of the swimsuits accentuate your body in a more flattering way and ad volume where volume is needed.