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. ( Me included!) But what happens when you’ve suddenly been 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 on your bust and face. Look for swimsuits with ruffles, sheer netting or lace-up detail at the neckline. A swimsuit with great bra support is very important here. You want ”the girls” looking perky, not pooped out. Check out this pretty Ruffle Halter 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 tropical swimsuit called the Bell Rives Charmer 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 camouflage any lumps and bumps. This gorgeous Breakers Sanibel one-piece 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 Pearl Shirred Coral Tankini, 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. Hipster Bikini Bottoms 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 Meidterra it’s a Wrap swimsuit. If you have extra weight in the hips and tummy, a solid navy bottom half of the swimsuit helps cover and shrink this area. The bright color up top helps to even out your shape and makes you look more balanced.
The opposite would be true if you had little hips and a big bust. In this case, you would be better off with a swimsuit that is darker on top to minimize your bust if you were to use color to try and create a more hourglass figure.
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.