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How to Buy a Swimsuit

The Secret to Flattering Swimwear

Ladies, it's that time of year again and unless you are a Giselle Bundchen or Cameron Diaz look alike, you are dreading shopping for a swimsuit.

If you are not quite ready to appreciate your less-than flawless figure under flourescent change room lights, we can help make the experience a little less emotionally scarring!

Just identify your figure type below and arm yourself with tips on how to pick ideal swimwear styles that will most flatter your shape. With this information under your belt, you will avoid unsuitable styles in the change room, and save time and money on a suit that "suits" you!

Pick Your Shape:

Apple
Pear
Small Bust

Full Bum

Slender / Athletic

Hourglass

Apple

Your figure is distinguished by broad shoulders and small hips. Two piece styles work best for you. Choose solid color tops (tankini tops work great) and a patterned bottom. Solid colours will create the illusion of a smaller bust and the use of patterns on the lower body will create balance.

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Profile by Gottex Printed Flyaway Tankini Women's Swimsuit
$43.34 (30% off)  On Sale
at  Macys Canada
La Blanca Ikat-Print Halter Tankini Top Women's Swimsuit
$108.77
at  Macys Canada

Pear

Your figure is distinguished by hips and a waist that are proportionately larger than your shoulders. One piece styles work best on you. Try to make use of the great tummy control features available for your shape. Other design features such as asymmetric ruching or color blocking create flattering optical illusions at the waist

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Aphrodite Triangle Top
$15.58 (57% off)  On Sale
at  FlirtCatalog.com
Profile by Gottex Printed Flyaway Tankini Women's Swimsuit
$43.34 (30% off)  On Sale
at  Macys Canada
Slimming Swimwear, Sarong Tanksuit
$111.07
at  L.L.Bean, Inc.

Small Bust

Halter bikinis can lift and plump your assets. Nothing to lift and plump? Try halters tops with padding, or with a band below the bust line. Patterned fabrics will also help add volume in the breast area.

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Zipper & Lace Double Strap Bikini Set
$72.18
at  FlirtCatalog.com
Zebra-dot Bandeau Top
unavailable

Full Bum

Opt for fuller coverage: skirted swimsuits are back in style thanks to full-bottomed stars like Beyonce Knowles. Other full coverage options are boy shorts or full bottom briefs. A decal on the upper portion of a one piece or the top of a bikini will detract attention from the lower body.

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Raviya Strapless Printed Bandeau Cover-Up Women's Swimsuit
$48.49 (20% off)  On Sale
at  Macys Canada

Slender / Athletic

Your waist is not defined: your shoulders, waist and hips are all similar in size. Try to create an hourglass shape with detailing at the waist. A belted one piece is a great example of how to achieve this effect.

Buy Now
Kokatat GMER Drysuit (Unisex)
Contact us for price
at  Mountain Equipment Co-op

Hourglass

Your shoulders and hips are in similar proportion, and balanced with a slender waist. Lucky you – almost all classic bathing suits will look great on what is considered by many to be the classic feminine body.

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Slimming Swim Dress, Halter Print
$31.15 (76% off)  On Sale
at  L.L.Bean, Inc.
Women's Slimming Swim Dress, Halter
$31.15 (74% off)  On Sale
at  L.L.Bean, Inc.

Cheap vs. Expensive

Is it worth it? Yes – if you will wear your swimsuit more than 10 days in Mexico, and especially if you are active in it. Today's suits offer more built-in controls and enhancements for beach sports and offer longer lasting wear. Retailers are also getting smarter by offering the convenience of a perfect fit. Two piece suits sold as separates are more expensive although the guaranteed fit is worth the extra money to most.

A well-cut bathing suit can hide a multitude of figure flaws. Contrary to popular advice of days gone by, heavier bodies are no longer tied to basic black or, god forbid, a heavy floral pattern. Specialty swimwear stores are staffed with knowledgeable individuals who will assess your needs and direct you to the most suitable designs for your body.

Our reality is that we are not all built equal, so seize the day and make use of the large variety and technical advancements in swimwear design to make swimsuit season a pleasure (…or at least better than it was last year!)


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Cover Ups
Kokatat GMER Drysuit (Unisex)
Contact us for price
at  Mountain Equipment Co-op
Raisins Spot-Print Side-Band Bikini Bottom Women's Swimsuit
$17.68 (30% off)  On Sale
at  Macys Canada

Flip-flops
Birki's Disney Clog
unavailable

 

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