Archive | July, 2013

Choosing the Perfect Bathing Suit

22 Jul

It is that dreaded thing we do every summer…we choose a dozen or two swimsuits off the racks and take them into the dressing room and start the process.  Then it begins…the top is too tight, the bottoms are sagging, the color isn’t right, it shows too much skin, it pinches, it pulls, it isn’t comfortable, etc. etc. etc…..  Then we leave the dressing room frustrated and with no purchase in hand and find the nearest food court to drown our sorrows.  Am I right?!

Well I hope to help you make this dreaded process a lot easier!  Now that you know your specific body type and how to dress for it let’s decide how to pick that perfect bathing suit!  

If you are a “b” body type (belly):

  • Wear a suit with strong minimizing fabric
  • Patterns or solids with ruching are best to camouflage your tummy
  • Tankinis are great especially if they don’t cling to your stomach
  • Halter tops are very flattering

Becca Plus Size Swimsuit, Halter Crochet Tankini Top & Solid Brief BottomProfile by Gottex Plus Size Swimsuit, Halter Ruffle-Trim Tankini Top & Ruffle Skirted Swim BottomCaribbean Joe Swimsuit, Feather-Print Ruffle Tankini Top & Side-Tie Brief Bottom

If you are an “o” body type (overly endowed):

  • Choose one with strong bra support
  • Patterns and solids with details are best
  • A minimizing suit is going to be best to hold you in all over
  • Show off those wonderful legs
  • Miraclesuit Plus Size Swimsuit, Sanibel Printed One-PieceMiraclesuit Plus Size Swimsuit, Rialto Ruched One-PieceHouse of La Roux Plus Size Swimsuit, Mesh Underwire Side-Tie One-Piece

If you are a “d” body type (derriere): 

  • Choose wide shoulder straps to balance out the hips
  • If you have a smaller bust, choose horizontal stripes or prints at the top
  • Higher necklines and boatnecks create balance up top
  • Skirted suits are good for you as long as they don’t hit at your fullest part of your thighs
  • Island Escape Plus Size Swimsuit, Printed Tankini Top & Solid Skirted Swim BottomMiraclesuit Plus Size Swimsuit, Floral-Print Tankini Top & Skirted Swim BottomMiraclesuit Plus Size Swimsuit, Printed Twist-Front Tankini Top & Skirted Swim Bottom

If you are an “x” body type (evenly balanced):

  • You can wear most any type of suit
  • Just make sure you are staying balanced all over
  • Choose one that is going to showcase the silhouette of your body
  • Not too sexy or too sloppy (a proper fit is a perfect choice)

Caribbean Joe Swimsuit, Printed Ruffled Bright Floral Tankini Top & Slit Skirted Swim BottomIsland Escape Swimsuit, Printed Halter Tankini Top & Solid Brief BottomMiraclesuit Swimsuit, Romance Draped Crisscross One-Piece

Now be brave and go into that dressing room with confidence and select the suit that is perfect for you!  Don’t forget the cute cover-up, sandals, tote and sunglasses too!

Dressing for Your Body Shape

2 Jul

Last week I described the four specific Body Types for you and I hope you were able to decide which one fits you best.  Now I am going to give you some tips for dressing your specific body type so that you will look more balanced.  These tips will help you to make your challenge areas appear less obvious.

Remember, we can’t dress for the body we hope to have so we have to dress for the body we have now.  Please don’t get hung up on the size on the tag.  It is just a number and if it bothers you, cut the tag out!  It is more important that you buy the size that fits and looks best on you.

If you are a “b” body type (you gain in your belly):

  • No belts around your waist
  • Don’t tuck in your shirt
  • Shirts and jackets should always cover the fullest part of your body
  • Wear v-necks
  • Accessorize at the neckline to draw attention away from your middle and toward your face 
  • Flat front pants (relaxed fit or full leg)
 
If you are an “o” body type (overly endowed):
  • Most important item is a proper fitting bra
  • Shorter length skirt that falls at knee to show off legs
  • Pants with a slight flare – not too wide leg (don’t want to look boxy)
  • Skinny belts
  • Prints make a full bust appear smaller (and a small bust appear bigger)
  • Camisoles should be a staple.  Leave the cleavage at home

If you are a “d” body type (derriere):

  • Pants with flared leg to balance the hips
  • Don’t want pants or skirts that hug your hips and thighs
  • No V-necks for you.  Should wear scoop or square necks 
  • Shoulder pads
  • Mid-thigh shapers
  • Accessories are a must!  Big earrings to draw attention upward

If you are an “x” body type (evenly balanced):

  • Goal is to stay balanced – not too sloppy or too sexy (don’t wear things too tight or too loose)
  • Straight leg pant
  • Fuller tops over skinnier bottoms and more fitted tops over fuller legged pants
  • Most styles look great on you but pay attention to your frame size
  • Draw attention to the center of your body
  • Colorful accessories to bring attention inward and upward toward face

These are just a few helpful tips to get you started on dressing your very best for your specific body type.  To learn more tips contact me about speaking to your women’s group, church or business or contact me to schedule your Personal Style Analysis.

 
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