Summer is around the corner which means, ready or not, it’s swimsuit season. Regardless of your body shape, swimsuit shopping is difficult. We are overwhelmed with options and simply seek a style that will flatter our figure when we bare our bodies. It has been a hot topic at my recent style consultations, so I thought I would share some of Fashion Meets Faith’s best style advice when it comes to swimsuits.
Before you even try on a suit, you must get back to the basics and understand your body shape – know your challenge and asset areas. The goal is to take attention away from your challenge areas, keep your frame in balance, and look proportionate.
The areas we gain weight tend to be our challenge areas. These are the areas we desire to visually minimize when we dress. Follow the general guidelines below to discover your most flattering swimsuit style.
1. If you gain weight primarily in the belly and have fuller waist:
- Camouflage your tummy with a strong minimizing suit fabric, like Lycra and spandex
- Solids are okay, but patterns up top are best
- Tankinis that have a bit of flair or detail up top and don’t cling to your stomach are great for you
- Halter tops with a princess hemline are flattering for your body shape
2. If you have an overly endowed bust and possibly gain weight in your tummy and upper midriff:
- Strong bra support is of most importance to you, underwire is likely required
- Try a racerback or halter style top
- Minimizing suits, like the Mirclesuit, are best
- Patterns and solids with shirring or ruching is most suitable for you
3. If you tend to carry weight in your derriere, hips and thighs:
- Stay away from halter-type tops
- Choose straight shoulder straps or strapless to give the appearance of balance for your hips
- If you also have a small chest, horizontal stripes or prints on top will bring attention to the top of your frame and create proportion
- Skirted or boy leg suits are great on you as long as the length does not hit right at the widest part of your challenge area.
4. For the women that have a balanced figure, whether you are at your ideal weight or not, most suits will flatter your frame. However, keep in mind the tips shared above to help conceal your challenge areas.
The picture below is one of my favorite styles to compliment my shape. My husband finds it attractive and most importantly, I feel confident while chasing my kids on the beach or around the pool.
Always be mindful of the coverage for your swimsuit. Be sure to bend over in the mirror, as if you were picking up a toddler or simply grabbing sunblock from your bag, and see if you stay covered up in the front and in the rear when moving naturally in the suit. We must remember modesty and dignity are in style every season.
Last reminder, be realistic – no one has the perfect body, but your body is beautiful, so embrace it. Accept it. Learn to love it.
Song of Solomon 4:7 says “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” Trust His design of you, don’t ever let it keep you from the fun summer can bring!
Let your light shine,
*All style tips can be found in “Help Me, Jesus, I Have Nothing to Wear” by Shari Braendel.