Browse around for retro swimsuits, sexy bikinis and tips to enjoy your next beach holiday.

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011
Flattering Swimwear - Figure
Not everyone is blessed with a body of perfect proportions. But when it’s time to go to the beach or hang out at the pool, those with a problem area or two in their physiques can take comfort in the availability of various types of flattering swimwear, which highlight the best parts of the body while toning down the not-so-attractive parts.

Many people tend to think that it’s usually the overweight or plus-size people who need flattering swimsuits. This isn’t necessarily so; even those who are physically fit can have parts of their bodies that need enhancing or concealing. Some athletic women, for instance, have a bust that they wish were bigger or fuller. To create cleavage, Marie-Claire magazine (1) recommends wearing flattering swimwear such as bikinis or maillots that have light padding or an underwire in the bust part.

Many women mistakenly believe that bikinis are the only sexy or attractive type of swimwear. On the contrary, one-piece bathing suits, tankinis, or even skirted swimsuits can look just as or even more alluring than a bikini, if worn on the right body type. A one-piece swimsuit that has a solid block of dark color from the middle part downwards and a deep neckline would be very flattering for a woman with an ample stomach; the dark color camouflages the problem area and makes it look slimmer while the neckline draws attention to her cleavage.
Flattering Swimwear - Bust
Texture and material should also be considered when shopping for flattering swimwear. Ruffles on a bikini top can improve the appearance of a small bust while swimsuits made of shiny fabric can make a slim and boyish figure appear fuller. Fabrics such as those made from a blend of nylon and spandex are recommended for heavier women since they provide solid support and minimize the appearance of flabbiness.

Some retail stores like John Lewis and Biondi in the UK (2) provide personal consultation services with fitters who will give advice on what type of swimsuit best fits the customer’s body type. Even when no such services are available, shopping for flattering swimwear can be made productive by bringing along a friend or someone who can give impartial feedback on whether a certain swimsuit looks good, or if it would be better to look at another design instead.

1: Marie Claire - Fashion
2: Telegraph UK - Fashion