How to never look fat in a swimsuit again
By Brittany Anas
Our usual, go-to slimming tricks don’t work too well at the pool or beach. You know this if you’ve ever tried traipsing in the sand while wearing leg-elongating heels or Googled “how to wear shapewear under a swimsuit.”
Whether you’re trying to hide your tummy (hello, shirring!) or add volume to your bust (nice to meet you, ruffles!), we’ve got you covered.
For reinforcements, we called in Shannon Michaelson, swimwear specialist with Aqua Sphere, to help us find swimsuits that will flatter your bod, no matter what your body type may be. Just remember, she says, emphasize your favorite body parts just as much as you might try to minimize your problem areas. An edited version of the interview follows.
ShopAtHome.com: Let’s just say Sir Mix A Lot’s song Baby Got Back is my anthem. What can I do to flatter my tush?
Shannon Michaelson: To flatter your backside, try to stick with solid colors instead of loud prints, a medium-to-low leg cut, and a fabric with built-in compression to hold everything in.
The most important factor in finding a swimsuit to flatter your body type is undoubtedly fit. I love the Active Fitness line by Aqua Sphere because the suits are cut for a woman’s shape and feature a built-in Body Control System, meaning you won’t find yourself pulling or tugging at a swimsuit that is riding up.
SAH: I need a good supporting cast member for my upper half, if you know what I mean. What kind of bathing suits are good for busty gals?
SM: Finding a swimsuit that is sold by cup size is ideal, but the name of the game here is function. The best suits for you will offer sturdy and adjustable straps, ample support and plenty of structure so that your girls stay in place. No wardrobe malfunctions here!
SAH: My tummy is my problem spot. Any tips?
SM: To draw attention away from the waist, opt for a feminine neckline. Aqua Sphere’s Felicity swimsuit, which was ranked as one of Good Housekeeping’s Top 10 slimming suits of 2013, features a built-in tulle lining. Look for suits with tummy support and offer bust support, full-back coverage and adjustable straps.
Caution: Curves ahead! I’m plus-sized. What are the best swimsuit options for me?
SM: Don’t shy away from color even if it is only in piping and stitching details, as they add a fun and feminine touch. Choose a one-piece style that has structured lines, good bust and tummy support and ample leg coverage.
SAH: I’m pear shaped. How can I best flatter my thighs?
SM: Choose a swimsuit that is bright on top and dark on the bottom and, most importantly, focus on the fit of the suit rather than the size. There is nothing more unflattering than a too small swimsuit cutting into the areas that you are trying to minimize. A low-cut leg will flatter this body type very well.
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