No kind of shopping is more dreadful than swimwear shopping, whether it’s for skimpy bikinis or one piece swimsuits. Fortunately, someone in the design room is catching on, as these days there are more stylish one piece swimsuit options than ever. The key to shopping for a slimming one piece swimsuit is to know what to look for before going in. You need to know your body and what kinds of tricks to use to play up your best assets–and downplay the areas you’re not crazy about. Follow these tips to find the most slimming one piece swimsuit for your body.
1. Avoid High, Athletic Necklines
Believe it or not, showing more skin will actually make you look slimmer, especially around the neckline. Avoid purchasing a one piece swimsuit designed for athletic swimmers with a high and modest neckline. Instead, opt for one that shows your collar bone at the very least. The more fabric that spans your body, the wider you’ll look. The exposed skin shown by wearing a lower neckline will draw attention to your face and neck–areas that women worry least about when wearing a bathing suit!
2. Look for a Faux Wrap
Wrap dresses are flattering on virtually everyone. The silhouette and fabric manipulation works just the same on a swimsuit as it does a dress. Look for a one piece swimsuit that gathers on one side as if it were wrapped. It’ll give the illusion of a smaller waist. Opt for dark colors for the most slimming effect.
3. Look for Color Blocking
Contrasting colors can really work to your advantage in terms of one piece swimsuits. Rather than choosing a suit that is a solid color or patterned, find one that is color blocked. Typically in swimwear, a color blocked suit will be one color around the bust and a different color directly below the bust, but could also be one color on the bust and hip region and a different color around the waist. Color blocking manipulates the eyes, making it look as though certain areas of the body are larger or smaller.
4. Look for Details on Top
Most women are worried how their thighs, butt and middle section appears in swimsuits. Since this is the case, it makes sense to draw the eye upward toward the bust and neck. Look for one piece swimsuits with ruffles, ruching or embellishment near the bust.
5. Avoid Small Patterns and Light Colors
The same goes for clothing. Nothing will make you look heavier than delicate patterns and light colors like white and pastels. Opt for big, bold patterns or solid dark shades of color.
6. Opt for Black
When all else fails, nothing is more slimming than a black one piece swimsuit. Combined with a plunging neckline and some cute details around the neck or bust, a black swimsuit is a great standby that will make you feel the most confident.
While swimsuit shopping is never bound to be a wonderful experience, you can make it more enjoyable by knowing what to look for before you even hit the stores.