Swimsuit shopping is much like looking for love — there’s a perfect match out there for everyone. Choose the wrong one, and it could be, well, un-good. Before you start browsing for a new suit, think about your shape. Where do you want coverage? What favorite body parts can you play up? Need to minimize or maximize? Fashion stylist Keri Henderson shares her best tips as we show off the latest in swimwear below.
Note: Whatever your size, when you walk on that beach? Own it.
Make a Muffin Top Disappear
A tankini is the move when you need to conceal a tummy. These pretty, blousy numbers do the trick in a sexy way. “Also, try a one-piece swimsuit with ruching, cut outs, control panels and color blocking,” Henderson says. “Not only will these details hide the tummy, but they will also help define your waist.”
Rock Your Curves
Now more than ever, plus-sized beauties are getting the spotlight they deserve. Thanks most recently to Sports Illustrated model Ashley Graham. If you’re in this category, it’s time to work those curves! “Many people will recommend wearing darker colors, but if you want to wear a bold color or print go for it,” Henderson says. It’s OK to be daring. Really, it is.
Play Up a Small Chest, Create Curves
Are you a member of that committee? Don’t sweat it. “You can add volume to your chest and hips by wearing prints, patterns and texture, like ruffles, fringe and embellishments. Boy shorts are great because they give the illusion of having hips. Bandeau and halter tops are also great for a narrow frame,” Henderson says.
Support a Bigger Chest
Blessed with a voluptuous chest? Support and coverage are everything. Henderson says to look for a suit with a top that fits like a bra, especially if you have a two piece in mind. “Tops that have a thicker band on the side of the suit will aid in supporting your girls. If you’d like a one-piece, look for suits that have more structure in the bust – a soft foam cup or shelf bra.” For a smaller bottom, she suggests balancing your frame by wearing a roll down bikini in a bright color or print. “This will create flattering volume for your lower half and create the illusion of an hour-glass shape. Speaking of which…
Embrace the Hour-Glass Figure
“Women with an hour-glass shape can pretty much wear anything. Halter or triangle bikini tops and triangle bikini bottoms will look great on you,” Henderson says. “Show off your torso by opting for low-rise bikini bottoms. Monokini’s (like the one shown on the left) are also a great option; it highlights your curves and emphasizes a small waist.
For fashion inspiration, follow Keri Henderson @kerilhenderson.
Stacy Julien is editor in-chief of CRUSH M agazine. She’s also in desperate need of a new swimsuit. Follow her on Instagram @StacyJs_fitlife.