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.
If you’re on the hunt for a new slimming swimsuit, take your cue from your favorite celebrity. Stars like Jane Seymour (who looks pretty great, to begin with), knows how to pick the perfect swimsuit to enhance her figure and look wow! Here are 5 things to think about to look slim and sexy in a swimsuit.
1. Choose a Plunging Neckline
When you want to distract from your heavy bottom half, simply emphasize your top half. For example, a sexy plunging neckline will focus all eyes up to your bust and face. (Make sure your swimsuit has great bra support. You want “the girls” looking perky, not pooped out.)
A swimsuit with some eye-catching detail at the neckline like bright contrast banding, sheer netting, or a lace-up neckline also directs the gaze upwards.
2. Look for Draping & Ruching
Some women naturally gravitate towards bathing suits that wrap, drape, and have ruching, for a good reason. They’ve discovered that soft folds of fabric across the bust, midriff, hips are slimming.
You would think folds of fabric would make you look heavier, but quite the contrary. Ruching is slimming because a textured layer of fabric, hides lumps and bumps. Ruching, combined with a wrap panel in the front of your swimsuit holds you in and works like magic to slim and tone.
3. Distract with Prints and Patterns
If you’re not feeling great about prancing around in a bathing suit, then a print swimsuit will make you feel more confident.
Wearing a print keeps the eye moving around, looking for a place to rest, which helps to camouflage any lumps and bumps.No matter what your figure, you’ll see some pretty fabulous curves because of this print!
4. Avoid Anything Too Snug
When you’re swimsuit shopping, it’s important to put your vanity aside and forget about the size tag. Look for a swimsuit like this cute Halter Tankini Top (with bottom), which is nice and stretchy, hugs your bust, and flows downwards. When it’s too snug, it squeezes your flabby bits and makes 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. By using color strategically, you can magically shrink the parts of your body that are a little more “obvious.”
Dark colors minimize the area they cover, while light and bright colors draw attention. By choosing a swimsuit like this white and black one, which is light or bright up top and dark on the bottom, you can make your bottom half look smaller.
Need help to downplay something specific?
Top heavy? Reduce the size of your bust by wearing a dark color up top and a lighter, brighter color on the bottom half.
Big hips – Try putting the emphasis up high by choosing a suit with lots of detail up top. If it is a two-piece suit, make sure the top has a pattern or a bright color.
Big bust – To minimize large breasts try finding a suit with a solid dark color up. Also, v-necks flatter a chesty woman and make you look sexy.
Small bust – Ornamentation, frills or beading can give the illusion of a bigger bust, and of course, some padding always helps.
Long Torso – Tankinis are adorable bathing suits for women, and they are perfect if you have a long torso. The longer top disguises the fact that you are long and lean.
Big Tummy – Look for a suit with tummy control panels. A darker color at the stomach will also help you fade out this area. Diagonal lines across the stomach like a wrap or diagonal stripe are also an effective disguise.
Big Bottom -Make sure you have enough coverage. Many suits tend to skimp with the fabric in the tush area. A good fit will always flatter!
Short Legs – Buy a swimsuit that sits high on the leg. This will make your legs appear longer. A wedge sandal will also give you some height.
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.