Trying to find a swimsuit that you feel confident in can be a daunting task, which is why many of us put off updating our swimsuits. But what happens when you’re suddenly invited to a friend’s pool or cottage, and you have to drag out that boring, old bathing suit you’ve had for years? It makes you feel pretty frumpy, doesn’t it?
If you want to find a swimsuit that makes you look slim, trim and feel fabulous, here are some tips on what to look for:
|1. Go For a Plunging Neckline
When you want to distract from your bottom half, all you need to do is emphasize your top half. A sexy plunging neckline will focus all eyes up to your bust and face. This gorgeous Coco Reef Tankini is a great example of this. The saucy bow tie at the bust also helps put the focus where you want it. Don’t like the bow. This swimsuit top can be tied five different ways. Love it!
|2. Take Advantage of Draping and Ruching
Some women naturally gravitate towards bathing suits with draping or ruching and for good reason. They realize that soft folds of fabric at the midriff make the best type of tummy slimming swimsuits.
This Anne Cole Twist Front Tankini with and it’ darling tulip skirt is a perfect example. Ruching, combined with a good tummy panel in the front holds you in and works like magic to slim and tone.
|3. Wear a Pattern to Distract
If you’re not feeling so great about prancing around in a bathing suit, then one way to feel more confident is by wearing a patterned swimsuit. When you wear a pattern over your trouble area, such as your tummy, it confuses the eye, camouflages any lumps and bumps and makes you look slimmer.
The other nice thing about this Anne Cole Tropical Tankini? –Underwire in the bra to give you great support and play up your bustline.
4. Get the Right Size
When you go to buy a swimsuit, it’s really important to 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 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 stuffed into your bathing suit.
|5. Drop Pounds by Going Dark
Color and the placement of color can make you look slim. 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”.
For example, take a look at this Floral Print Sweetheart neckline Tankini and Slit Skirt. If you have extra weight in the hips and thighs, a black skirt helps cover and shrink this area. The light, bright colors up top help to even out your shape and make you look more balanced.
Need more tips on how to look slim in a bathing suit. I have more suggestions here.
Also, if you want to know about putting together an enitre outfit based on your bathing suit, take a look at my post called: Swimwear that will make you sizzle this summer.
Finally, be brave. Send me a photo in your swimsuit and I will post it! I’m showing one-piece suits because they are very popular, but there is no reason you can’t wear a bikini over 40!