Summer is finally here which means it’s time to get out the swimsuits. Is your swimsuit cute and current? Do you even own one?
Many of us are so terrified of looking fat in a swimsuit that we put off buying one, indefinitely.
The whole swimsuit thing becomes a vicious circle. When the occasion arises 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 had in your closet for years. How frumpy does that make you feel?
Buying a swimsuit that flatters your figure is challenging, especially over 40. Whether you’re trying to camouflage a small trouble spot, or appear trimmer all over, you just need to know a few tricks. Here are five great ways to look slim and feel fabulous in a swimsuit:
1. Get the Right Size
This is one time when 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 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.
Here are two great body slimming swimsuits.
The first is this pretty blue paisley pattern swimsuit – The Festival Tankini.
|This stunning orange one is the Conundrum One Piece.|
|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.
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.
This Coral Madness Rialto Swimsuit is a good example of this. It looks great either way if you have a bit of a pot belly or none at all.
|This Anne Cole Cris Cross Tankini also has a lot of ruching that is very flattering to fuller figures.|
|3. Wear an Optical Illusion Print
If you are not feeling that great about prancing around in a swimsuit, then you will love theses magical prints.
Designers have gotten very clever about choosing fabrics that trick the eye and make it seem like there is draping where there is not. These interesting fabrics whittle the waist and trim the hips.
This Miraclesuit Deep End suit is proof of that. Miraclesuits are some of the best stomach slimming swimsuits out there.
|Color-blocked panels of fabric also shape your figure in dramatic ways. This Spectra Band its one-piece is one of many waist slimming swimsuits that have real sex appeal.|
|4. Drop Pounds by Going Dark
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”.
For example, this black Miracle Suit Escape Garland one-piece with a floral motif is one of the best body slimming swimsuits because it puts the focus on the narrow strip of flowers.
Bathing suits with a darker color on the bottom and a bright or light color up by your bust will help even out your shape and make you look more balanced.
|Take a look at this Santa Fe Tankini. You don’t focus on the bottom half because you are so busy being attracted by the colorful top half.|
|5. Choose a High Cut Leg
Here’s a simple fact. If you look taller, you will look slimmer.
One way to look taller is to trick visually 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 like shorts may cover well, but the reality is they make you look shorter and wider.
Go for a bathing suit like this Miraclesuit Escape One piece. It’s high at the hip to create the illusion of legs that go on for miles. (The darker bottom half trims the tummy, too)
A little-heeled sandal never hurts either!
Be sure to check out my post on 2015 Swimsuit trends to find out more about the latest styles.
Do you own fashionable beachwear? 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!