Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to get out the swimsuits. Is yours cute and current? Do you even own one?
So many of us are so terrified of looking fat in a swimsuit that it becomes the one piece of clothing we put off buying, indefinitely.
The whole swimsuit thing becomes a vicious circle. When the time comes that you actually need one (i.e. you are invited to a friend’s pool or cottage) you end up dragging out some boring old bathing suit you’ve have had in your closet for years. How frumpy does that make you feel?
Buying a swimsuit that flatters your body is challenging, especially after 40, but you can look slimmer than you realize by knowing a few little tricks. Here are 5 great ways to look slim and feel fabulous in a swimsuit:
|1) Get the Right Size
This is one time it’s really important for you put your vanity aside and forget about the size tag.
Bathing suits and their stretchy nature hug your curves, so if a bathing suit fits too snug it can really squeeze your flabby bits and make you look heavier than you are.
Going up one size is always an easy fix. No one will notice and you’ll avoid looking like a stuffed sausage.
Pick something cute like this navy Mara Huffman electric casino beaded swimsuit (Nordstrom), or this Gottex one piece Maldives swimsuit (Saks).
|2) Take Advantage of Shirring & Ruching
Some women naturally gravitate towards bathing suits with ruching, shirring or draping and for good reason. They’ve realized that soft folds of fabric at the midriff is an excellent way to hide a midlife jelly belly.
A one piece bathing suit with this kind of detail, combined with a good tummy panel in the front to hold you in, works like magic to slim and tone.
Great picks are this Orange Gottex one piece Calyspso swimsuit (Saks)
or this Purple Gottex Rainbow Goddess swimsuit (Nordstrom)
|3) Choose a High Cut
Here’s a simple fact. If you look taller, you will look slimmer.
One way to look taller is to visually trick the eye by exposing as much of your leg as you can.
Boy cut short style bathing suits that cut straight across the top of your leg may make you feel covered up and safe, but the reality is they actually make you look shorter and wider.
Go for a bathing suit like this La Blanc swimsuit (Saks). It’s high at the hip to create the illusion of legs that go on for miles.
A little heel on your sandal never hurts either!
|4) Drop Pounds by going Dark (Swimsuit guide for body types)
Color counts when it comes to where you place it.
Dark colors shrink the area they cover while light and bright colors enlarge.
By using color strategically you can magically shrink the parts of your body that are a little more “obvious”, should we say?
For example, this black Miracle Suit hidden underwire (Saks) with Floral motif slims the whole body and draws the eye to your waist and away from your tummy.
A bathing suit with darker colors on the bottom and bright or light colors up by your bust will help even out your shape and make you look more balanced.This Black & White Cube Bossa one piece draped bathing suit is a good example of this (Nordstrom).
|5) When All Else Fails
If you are just not feeling that great about prancing around in a swimsuit then prance around in a beach cover-up, but make sure it is chic, not big, baggy and sloppy. Luckily, there many gorgeous ones out there to choose from.
The most flattering type for most women, especially those concerned about a little extra weight, will the be the kind that have a V-neckline to reveal some skin at your chest.
A tunic beach cover up offers some length to cover up your thighs if you’d rather than reveal them.
A deep V-neck, opposed to a high round neck, makes your neck look longer and therefore, your whole body appear leaner.
Gottex Clayspso cover-up from Saks.
Do you own fashionable beachwear? Be Brave. Send me a photo in your swimsuit and I will post it!