How to look and feel great in your swimsuit

When you know what to look for, finding a flattering bathing suit is easy. To help, here are the secrets to looking and feeling great in your swimsuit.

How to look and feel great in your swimsuit

Swimsuit styles

Swimsuits for women are either one-piece or two-piece, but it’s the details that matter when it comes to comfort, fit and fashion. So which style is best for you?

One-piece swimsuits: A one-piece generally covers the midsection, which is a key consideration if you're uncomfortable with showing you tummy.

  • A plunge one-piece with spaghetti straps or halter-top can expose plenty of skin and showcase arms and shoulders.
  • You can even go strapless with a bandeau-style swimsuit. It fits snugly around the bust line and may have strings that tie behind the neck for support.

Two-piece swimsuits: The iconic two-piece style is the bikini. Bikinis can be daring, such as the string bikini, or somewhat modest, such as a classic bikini.

  • The tankini is a two-piece swimsuit that often looks like a one-piece, as the tank top half meets or slightly overlaps the waistline of the bottom half to conceal the midriff.

Sport swimsuits: Active swimmers and athletes often prefer the support of one-piece swimwear built for action. Characteristics include a snug compression-fit, full front, racerback, and a mid-rise or high-cut hip line.

  • Two-piece styles feature a bikini bottom or so-called boy short and snug-fitting sport top for extra support.

Swimsuit features

  • Material: Natural fibres and cotton blends are more prevalent in fashion-forward styles. In contrast, sport swimsuits are typically made of quick-drying synthetic blends.
  • Lining: Feel the swimsuit lining and make sure it’s going to be comfortable against your skin. It must also provide adequate coverage.
  • Construction: Frills, ruffles and ruching are common fashion details. Elasticized straps, drawstrings and common fasteners should be durable enough for swimming or casual activity.
  • Support: Many bathing suits for women come with an underwire bra and reinforced shoulder straps for full figures.

Choose swimwear suited for your body type

Pick a swimsuit style that flatters your best features and draws the eyes away from areas you want to minimize.

  • Brazilian bikinis and bandeau tops are good choices for women who are smaller on top.
  • A plus-size bathing suit, or swim dress, features a skirted bottom and ruffled hem.
  • Belts, waistbands and drawstrings can enhance the hourglass effect and separate top and bottom.
  • Look for soft foam cups or shelf bra for a fashion fit in one-piece swimsuits.

Shopping for bathing suits can be an ordeal, but knowing the best style for your body type is the first step to picking a suit that you can wear with confidence.

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