Summer is almost here or almost over, depending on what corner of the world you are in. If you missed this year’s summer because of the lockdown, next year’s is always just around the corner. In any case, it is always a good idea to stay updated with the current beach trends and look at swimwear online from time to time.
Here are a few useful tips when searching for a swimsuit that you would look good and feel good in, whether at the beach, by the pool, or inside the house, if unlucky enough to be still in lockdown.
To find a swimsuit that you would feel comfortable in, first decide how much skin you are willing to show. A one-piece swimsuit is a safe choice for the less daring. With its many designs and coverage, it can be no less flattering than the other swimsuit styles. If you prefer a two-piece, the tankini is a good compromise. It offers similar coverage as the one-piece and the convenience of a two-piece. For even more flexibility, you can go for the sexier bikini swimsuit and bring along beach cover-ups. You can put them on when going for a quick bite at the resort or pool restaurant and just stash them away in the bag when going for a dip.
If coverage is not a consideration, the tie-side bottoms are a great option for their adjustability. It is also flattering for many body types, even for those who are curvy at the hips. A common misconception when shopping for swimwear online is that a wider bottom must have bigger coverage, which is wrong. The bigger fabric would only call more attention to the area you are trying to hide. A standard cut that covers just enough is a better choice.
When shopping for tops, look for one that is similarly adjustable and offers ample support. For the large bust body, a top with underwire or moulded cups will give just that. Embroidery or other designs will draw more attention, so avoid those if it makes you uncomfortable.
If all this fails, you can always look to social networking apps for some help. Instagram is a good source of styling trends that are surely fresh and up-to-date. You can also try Pinterest and see how the different styles look on others. One advantage of looking at social media platforms for some ideas is that you will be seeing a wide mixture of real people. This would give you a better idea of where to start.
The biggest challenge when shopping for swimwear online is getting the right size. Most online brands have a sizing chart for each of their products on their website, so the key is taking your measurement accurately. Stand in front of a mirror with a measuring tape and measure around your bust at the fullest part. Check in the mirror that the tape is flat and parallel to the floor all the way to the back. Do not inhale or hold your breath as you do this. Also, make sure that you do not tug at the tape too much or let it slacken either.
To measure your waistline, locate your ribcage and wrap the tape just below it. Alternatively, you can bend at the side and look for the crease that your body will form. This is where your waistline is. As for your hips, take the measurement at the fullest part. If buying a one-piece, you will also need to measure your torso. You can do this by holding one end of the tape to your shoulder, looping the tape between your legs all the way around to your back until you touch the end of the tape again.