Monday, 26 May 2008

Dreaded swimsuit season

As promised, I'm going to give a few swimsuit pointers. I am not an expert in this subject, but am going to apply some of the same rules that I use when dressing clients in regular clothing. However, I'm not giving you all my rules because nobody would hire me if I give away all my secrets! I'll give a few pointers for each "problem area." If I leave anything out, let me know in the comment area, and I'll do my best to help!

1) Wide Hips-Just like in regular clothing, stay away from busy patterns on the bottom. Go for a dark solid bottom, and a printed top to draw attention up. This would also work well for big booty girls. See picture for example. I'm not saying this exact swimsuit...just giving you the idea.

2)Big Ta-tas-For all of you who complain about the ta-tas, just remember, that there are people who pay good money to have what you have! If you don't want to show them off (thank you) you will want to look for a suit with some support. Go for a wide band at the bottom of your top (same thing with a one piece...look for the band under the bustline) and good thick strap to "keep the girls locked and loaded" as Clinton and Stacy would say. You could do opposite of the hips/butt look and do a solid top, and print bottom to draw attention away from the twin towers.

3) Small Ta-tas-If you are president of the itty bitty titty committee, look for a top like the suit below. Lots of detail on the top adds volume. Be sure you have some padding. The horizontal stripe is good, ruching between the girls is good, also bandeau tops with the ring in the middle is darling. A word to the wise, I saw FOUR red and white striped bikinis at the pool Sunday (same exact swimsuit, bandeau w/ the ring). Cute suit, but loses its appeal when everyone and their momma has it on.
4) Pudgy tummy (or rolls as Lin would call them)-Same as with dresses and tops, go for ruching or a wrap. This will mask the "rolls." You have to be really careful with rolls and one pieces. Sometimes the shiny fabrics accentuate them. You really need to make sure you have something going on in the midsection to mask them. Tankinis work too. But be sure you opt for the longer, flowing tops as opposed to the shorter, tight ones. They can squeeze your middle out and make you look like a stuffed sausage.

Hope this helps! To be continued...
Ciao for now!


Anonymous said...

great advice! as for me, i'll be dodging any event that would call for a swimsuit this summer, but hopefully i'll be ready next year! ;)

Jill said...

Oh, I SO violated the rules. Bought a flashy print top and yellow bottoms...should've went dark.

Thanks for the advice!!

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