Summer is still very much with us here in Australia, so if you are looking at buying new swimwear (togs, swimsuit, swimming costume, bikini, tankini…whatever you wish to call them is fine by me!), here are a few guidelines to look out for to ensure your purchase is the right one rather than a waste of money.
1. Colour -to enhance or camouflage, that is the question
If you are looking at buying a bikini or a tankini (a fuller two-piece), many stores now sell tops and bottoms separately so remember darker colours will camouflage whereas brights will accentuate. So, for example, if you have a big bottom and don’t want that part of the body accentuated, then go dark in that area but maybe go brighter on top if you are smaller busted. It all depends on what you want emphasised and what you want concealed…the choice is yours.
2. Allow time to try it on to make sure it is a good fit
When buying swimwear, make sure the fit is right and take the time to do this. I would recommend generally going a size bigger than you usually wear to ensure straps do not dig into you and become uncomfortable. When trying the swimwear on ,move around a bit, stretch to check how it all feels and looks. Before buying it, double check again just to confirm it’s ok-do not rush this process. Things to look out for include checking coverage of the bum area , making sure the bra straps stay in place and making sure the leg openings are not too big or too tight.
3. Fabric can affect size appearance
When looking for a new swimming costume or bikini, be aware that a very shiny fabric could make you look larger whereas a matte fabric will be the most slimming. If you like shine but don’t want to appear bigger, then shop for a dark colour with a little bit of shine-just avoid the brights and shine combination if you can. Note, a ruched effect in swim wear can also be very flattering and is an effect which you can mix with a bit of shine.
4. Details can attract attention to unwanted areas
Little details on swimwear like bows, ties and belts look very nice but be aware that wherever the specific detail is, that is where attention will be. As a result, if you have lots of detail around the bust area but it’s not an area that you want accentuated, then avoid buying swimwear with fancy details in that particular area. Instead, look for details on areas of the body where you are more than happy for the focus to be.
5. Prints can be both your friend and enemy
Prints on swimwear look great I think but they are not for everyone. Be aware that prints with a dark background are more slimming than a bright background (the same applies to dresses, pants and skirts) . In addition, all over patterns can be quite slimming in that the eye line does not just focus on one area. Instead, it creates a more holistic balance. Of course, bigger prints will always attract more attention than smaller prints, so this is another point to consider when purchasing swimwear.
So, to summarise, it’s all about what choices you make for your body shape and the look you want to create. The most important thing is to feel great about your look and to have fun putting together a beach or pool outfit in the process. I’ll come back to this topic in a later blog to cover other aspects of the complexities of buying swimwear. Any questions or comments on this topic are most welcome as always. Do you have any other guidelines to add to my list? Need help shopping for a swimsuit? Give me a call- I’d be more than happy to help.
In the meantime, happy styling!