Proving that we don’t have to have a model body to look great on vacation, we’re looking at different swimsuit styles to flatter different body types. Why? Because real women rock!
The perfect body
In the interests of research, I idly found myself Googling Top Hottest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models of All Time. Ever wish you hadn’t bothered?! Flicking through the bronzed beauties in their swimwear, I scrolled to Number One on the list – to find Elle MacPherson looking sultrily back at me – she wasn’t known as ‘The Body’ for nothing. Her 1980’s shoots look as contemporary today as they did back then…
The real body
Now, I don’t personally know too many Elle MacPherson lookalikes, do you? We’re all shapes and sizes, colors, bumps and lumps too. It’s actually okay to show the world that we have lived through our bodies, from babies to surgery and everything else in between. All the media frenzy over the fuss caused by the ‘Burkini’ in the south of France just proves one point – we should all be allowed to dress as we wish. Not too many of us look as svelte as we did in our twenties, but we still go on vacation, so lets’s dress for the occasion.
Time for a wardrobe change
Time on vacation is largely spent, as it should be, relaxing. We’ve all earned a worry-free vacation. Our most used item of clothing is going to be our swimsuit or beachwear, so it’s time to take a good look in a long mirror, and decide which shape is going to the most flattering for our next beach adventure. There are four main factors to take into consideration:
- Quality – you really do get exactly what you pay for.
- Budget – what’s the best you can afford?
- Colour – choose a colour that suits you – remember that a safe, gradual tan is not instant, so if you have pale skin stay away from color-draining shades.
- Shape – what’s your body shape? Is there a layer of winter fluff that requires a disguise?
Oranges are not the only fruit
Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself, and yet identifiable for others. -Anna Wintour.
Top style magazines often use fruit to describe different body shapes. Actually, that analogy works well. But before you decide on whether you’re a pear, an orange, or an apple – we say choose your best feature instead, and buy a swimsuit shape that promotes it. Feel great about your best bits – rather than worry about the rest.
Great breasts? Show them off. You don’t have to go topless to make them look great. A swimsuit with a V neckline, especially a wrap-over style, is perfect. If you have very heavy breasts, choose a swimsuit with underwire or cup support – much more comfortable and looks great.
Wasp-waisted? Lucky you – there are some so-sexy suits with cutaway waists out there this year – also with mesh in the gaps – they look fabulous, and so will you. Also, any two-piece bikini will look great on you.
Long legs love swimsuits, but a high cutaway leg will make anyone – even shorties, look instantly longer and leggier.
Muffin top? Yes, better a one piece than an itsy bitsy bikini. Today, special ‘secret’ support can do wonders to hide that extra layer you have brought to the beach. Perhaps you’ve recently had a baby, and are carrying a little extra Mommy-Tummy? A clever alternative, choose a floaty cover-up top, matching your choice of swimwear underneath.
Small chest types needn’t worry either. They don’t require support, but extra embellishment will make you look more endowed than you actually are. Padded push-ups mean instant cleavage – and small breasted women can easily get away with bandeau styles too – embrace your shape!
So get out there and experiment, and treat your body shape to a new look swimsuit – it’s enough to make you want to book your next vacation, don’t you think? Where will you book this year?