Finding a slimming swimsuit that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident can be a daunting task, which is why so many of us put off updating our swimsuits for so long (me included!)
But what happens when you’re suddenly invited to a friend’s pool or cottage, and all you have to wear is that boring, shapeless old bathing suit you’ve had for years. It makes you feel pretty fat and frumpy, doesn’t it?
If you’re on the hunt for a new slimming swimsuit, here are 5 things to think about.
1. Choose a Swimsuit with 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 on your bust and face. Look for swimsuits a brighter top half and darker bottom half or that have some kind of eye-catching detail up top like contrast banding, sheer netting or a lace-up neckline.
A swimsuit with great bra support is very important here. You want ”the girls” looking perky, not pooped out. Check out this color block plunging tummy toner swimsuit HERE.
2. Take Advantage of Draping and Ruching
Some women naturally gravitate towards bathing suits with draping or ruching, for a good reason. They’ve discovered that soft folds of fabric at the midriff make the best type of tummy slimming swimsuits.
If you are wondering how this could be, think about it this way. Although ruching involves a lot of fabric, it all comes together at the center of the body creating the illusion of a slim middle. This pretty Seaglass Oceanus one piece is a perfect example. Ruching, combined with a miratex tummy panel in the front of the swimsuit holds you in and works like magic to slim and tone.
3. Wear Prints and Patterns to Distract
If you’re not feeling too great about prancing around in a bathing suit, then one way to feel more confident is by wearing a print swimsuit. Wearing a print over your trouble spot, like your tummy, keeps the eye moving around looking for a place to rest the eye, which in turns helps to camouflage any lumps and bumps. This gorgeous Babylon one-piece from Miraclesuit® is a great example of that. No matter what your figure you are going to see some pretty fabulous curves because of this print!
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, like this Twist Front Bandeau Bikini, 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. Bikini swim bottom here.
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 Sunset Temptation swimsuit. The vibrant tropical print and subtle ruching have an eye-catching effect that slims, supports, and shapes. The long narrow print is strategically places to lengthen and create the illusion of a slimmer waist.
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! Plus size? Plus size swimsuits here.
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