Ahhhh Summer! What a fabulous time of the year…
Sadly though, for many clients Summer can also be a stressful season as their thoughts turn to dressing for the warmer weather and having to bare the bod!
The fear of being more exposed and unable to camouflage the figure under layers can often turn into negative body image thought patterns. The realisation that there is no avoiding exposing arms, legs and in the case of swimwear, our entire body can be so overwhelming for some women that they can often find Summer passing them by with no enjoyment.
If this is something you are finding yourself relating to then don’t worry we are here to stop that negative thought pattern and make swimwear shopping and Summer fun!!
You may also like to read our blog; Summer Body Confidence – More Than A Swimsuit Style! we wrote for The Sistacode for more positive, body image advice.
10 Steps To A Positive Swimwear Shopping Experience:
- Don’t shop after a large meal – you will feel sluggish and bloated
- Do your homework and have a look online at various designs don’t just settle for what you may find at your local shopping destination
- Be open minded and try styles that you may not normally give a go. Remember it is only you in the change room!
- Allow time to browse and try on – don’t rush and grab
- Be aware that often boutique lighting in NOT flattering! Don’t ask us why, you would think they would do what ever it takes to have good lighting so we look our best. Maybe they want us to come out of the change room so their assistants can have an input?? Still trying to work that one out!
- Choose swimwear that is perfect for your colour harmony palette and styles that will suit YOUR silhouette; not what you think looks good on the model. Remember you often don’t have makeup on or hair near your face when swimming so our swimsuit is the only thing that can “enhance our natural beauty” with colour.
- Don’t settle for the only swimsuit you can find. Make searching for the swimsuit you LOVE a priority, once you find one you will feel good in you will be amazed how much you will want to actually hit the beach or be poolside.
- Opt for fabric that is of the best quality you can afford. A swimsuit is an investment and not an item you necessarily have to replace each Summer. A good quality swimsuit should last you a few years if you wash it correctly and don’t over expose it to chlorine and too much sun.
- Apply a little fake tan the day prior; we all feel better slightly bronzed and bumpy bits are not quite so noticeable.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: Be kind to yourself!!! You are human, you are beautiful and yes, you may have flaws; but there is NOTHING wrong with that we ALL do – especially in our own eyes!
Swimwear Styles For Your Body Balance
Please note: If you don’t know your correct body balance (not the one you think it may be) you may like our professional Online VC Body Analysis Report where we determine your bone structure with some simple measurements and pictures then give you an accurate analysis of what styles, lengths and shapes are best for you when dressing.
Short Torso/Longer Lower Body:
Opt for prints, patterns, and frills in the lower half of your body as this will elongate your torso and draw the eye downwards making your torso appear slimmer and your bust more uplifted – not sitting too close to your waistline!
Target, Sea Folly, Sea Folly, Cozzies Swimwear, Cozzies Swimwear, Jets Swimwear
Long Torso/Shorter Lower Body:
Opt for prints, patterns, and frills in the upper half of your body as this will elongate your legs and draw the focus to the area on your figure where you have the most room. For fuller tummies shapes like the below that have rouching across the abdomen are most flattering.
Sea Folly, Sea Folly, Cozzies Swimwear, Jets Swimwear
Even Upper and Lower Body Balance:
This body shape can wear more of a variety of styles than other body shapes as their main rule is to “uneven” their body balance so they don’t appear squatty or frumpy. For example they can either elongate the upper body (shoulder to hip) or lower body (hip to floor). Therefore, they have the choice of the styles above or these featured below. Note: Angles, v- necks, high cut legs and diagonal designs work well as they don’t “halve” the figure and emphasise the evenness.
Cozzies Swimwear, Target, Sea Folly, Sea Folly, Jets Swimwear, Sea Folly
Styling Support Tips
Avoid placing frills on the bust as this will add unnecessary bulk to this area. Strapless styling can also be tricky as it doesn’t generally give any shape or enough support to the bust. Ensure the cup fits well and holds the entire bust with no fabric or wire cutting into the skin resulting in the bust to “overflow” the cup.
Sea Folly, Jets Swimwear, Jets Swimwear
Avoid finishing swimwear and board shorts on the widest part of your thigh; finish either above or below your fuller point. A great illusion for the lower body is to tie a sarong over swimmers as this will create an angle to this area and give coverage without hiding your figure and adding unnecessary bulk.
Cozzies Swimwear, Cozzies Swimwear, Jets Swimwear, Jets Swimwear
Try a one piece or pant and tankini – below are a few styles that are great if you have tummy issues as the rouching contours and creates shape in the mid body and camouflages any added extras! Prints and the placement of prints can also be very flattering to this area.
Cozzies Swimwear, Target, Jets Swimwear
Main image by: Cozzies Swimwear