A swimsuit, as its name suggests, can be worn by men, women, and children alike when engaging in water activities, such as swimming, water sports, diving, surfing, and even in other activities like sunbathing, beauty pageants, and bodybuilding contests. As such, there are different styles of swimsuits, depending on the material used and the extent of its (body) coverage.
Swimsuits for women can be described as one-piece, bikinis, or thongs. One-piece swimsuits, also referred to as tank suits or maillot, is probably the most common type of swimsuit. This kind of suit was inspired from the design of a tank top. Bikinis, also known as two-piece swimsuits, are so named because they consist of two parts—one that covers the breast and the other one that covers both the groin and the buttocks. However, bikinis can also take the form of a tankini. The difference between the tankini and the usual bikini is that the tankini has one piece that can cover not only the breasts but the stomach as well. In other words, there is only a little space left between the belly button and the hips.
But over the years, as fashion evolved, so has the style of swimsuits for women. Regardless, these new swimsuit designs are not really that different to the original ones.
In selecting the right swimsuit, however, there are a couple of things that you must consider. First, and probably the most important, is to know your body type. This is because your body type will determine what kind of swimsuit will look great on you. To start, measure your hips, your waist, and your bust. So if your hips are considerably larger than both your waist and bust, then you have a pear shape. An apple shape means that your waist is considerably wider than your hips and nearly the same in size as your bust while an hourglass shape means that your bust and hips are about the same size and your waist is considerably smaller. Now, if the sizes of your bust, waist, and hips are nearly the same, then you are of the straight body type, also known as a ruler or a banana shape. Another important thing to remember is proper grooming. Remove excess hair. Surely you do not want excess hair from showing up while you are wearing your swimsuit, do you? And when it comes to choosing a swimsuit, opt for one that can highlight your assets and downplay your not-so-loved body parts. To do this, you can use either a bright color or a complex pattern to highlight an asset and use a solid color to hide a specific body part. Also, if you have a pale skin, our advise is to use dark or deep colors. Bright colors work best for those who have darker skin. The right cut is also important. To hide your waist, go for a one-piece suit or a 1940-styled high-waisted swimsuit. Tankinis highlight the waist and hides your hips and bust. Swimsuits with boyshort bottoms, regardless of the color, create an illusion of an hourglass figure if you have a large bust. Halter tops draw attention to the bust. Bandeau tops, on the other hand, will make the bust seem wider.
So there you go. Follow these simple rules and rest assured, you will be looking your best. Happy summer!