By Alissa Hicks
|Photos: Melissa Donald
Top (left) available at Old Navy, $23; Bottoms (left) available at Old Navy, $20; Top (right) available at Old Navy, $20; Bottoms (right) available at Old Navy, $23.
Summer is right around the corner, and when it comes to choosing a swimsuit for the season, it’s easy to become self-conscious. It’s important to think about picking the right swimsuit for your body so you can make sure you’re showing off your best assets. Here’s what to know before buying…
If you’re small-chested… Luckily, since you’re not looking for support, you have lots of options. There are ways to make your small chest look fuller in a swimsuit. For starters, look for a suit or a top with padding — might we suggest a light push-up? Also, suits with ruffles or embellishments can give the illusion of a larger chest.
|Top available at Old Navy, $27; Bottoms available at Old Navy, $23.|
|Top available at Old Navy, $23; Bottoms available at Old Navy, $23.|
If your girls are much larger… So you’re a girl with some girls, huh? If you prefer to tame the ta-tas when at the pool or beach, look for something with extra support such as a top that comes in cup sizes with underwire. Also, look for thicker straps to help with support. Steer clear of the string triangle tops.
|Top available at Old Navy, $27; Bottoms available at Old Navy, $25.|
If you’re lacking curves… Opt for something with feminine flare such as ruffles or other frilly embellishments. Also, a one-piece with strategic cutouts can give the appearance of more curves. Look for bottoms with side ties or even a Brazilian-cut bottom — the smaller the bottoms, the curvier and fuller your derriere will appear.
|Top available at Old Navy, $20; Bottoms available at Old Navy, $20.|
If you’re bigger on the bottom… Draw the eye up by making your legs appear leaner and longer. Try finding a one-piece or bikini with higher-cut bottoms. (Not as drastic as the notorious red Baywatch suits, but you get the gist.) You don’t want to draw attention to the largest part of your body with a suit that hits too low or at the wrong spot. Also, for a simpler fix, stick to a solid print bottom in a darker shade and wear a colorful print up top.
|Top available at Old Navy, $20; Bottoms available at Old Navy, $25.|
If you have a tummy… It’s no secret that wearing a swimsuit can make you feel exposed, but there are simple ways to cover up a little extra around the waistline. First, try a sexy one-piece. Stay away from horizontal stripes or bold prints. Look for something with a plunging neckline that draws the eye upward and away from the midriff. Also, the peplum trend is uber feminine and perfect for camouflaging. You can even try a figure-flattering surplice-wrap silhouette, which trims the waist with its crossed-over fabric.
|Suit available at Old Navy, $40.|
|Suit available at Old Navy, $45.|