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You might be looking forward to a beach holiday or just to a few leisurely laps at the indoor pool: The right swimwear is a must. It is important to feel comfortable in a bikini or swimsuit and never let your imagined problem areas allow you to feel insecure. That’s no problem with the right swimwear – let nothing stop you from enjoying the water.
What began in the 19th century with an ample dress covering the whole body is now close-fitting and shows plenty of skin. Swimsuits, bikinis or tankinis: Swimwear emphasises your best features and flatters your figure – it really doesn’t matter if you are petite or curvy, or have a small or large bust.
The new swimwear is the perfect companion for beach or pool, for diving or for relaxing in the sun. If you want to wear something over your swimwear on the way to the beach, put on an airy beach dress or a pareo .
You would like to have a bigger bust, a smaller bum and thinner legs? Women often complain about their “problem areas”. But it really doesn’t take a strict diet or endless sports to feel good on the beach. You’re off to a great holiday if your swimwear fits right – and finding the right style for you won’t take long.
A smaller bust is best features with a loose-fitting model – your swimwear will need other qualities than support and pressure. For example, a narrow triangle bikini emphasises a slim figure and shows off the bust perfectly. Bandeau bikini topsare also perfect for this body type: You don’t really need straps for support. Bikinis with removable straps sit on the skin without slipping and leave behind an even tan.
Decoration can also make the décolleté seem bigger: It’s easy to cheat with swimwear, particularly with bright colours and striking patterns or frills.
Pre-moulded cups, as well as a wider centre and straps give a larger bust stability. Underwire and a wide band under the bust offer the required support to keep everything in place and prevent slipping. Dark colours and small patterns can also make the cup appear smaller. Stay away from delicate models with thin straps because they don’t offer enough stability.
Wide hips are seen as feminine and attractive – so there’s no reason to hide them. However, in order not to draw too much attention to them, plain bottoms should be combined with striking tops. That draws attention away from the hips.
A wide waistband at the side, as well as a high leg also flatter the figure. Legs appear longer and slimmer. High-waisted bottoms hide the tummy and a pareo wrapped around the hips can also be helpful.
If you feel that bikinis show off too much skin, then a full swimsuit is best for you. It covers the tummy area, but can also emphasise the décolleté with an attractive V-neckline. Asymmetrical cuts and cut-outs draw attention to the desired direction – i.e. away from areas you are not quite happy with.
Stripes, patterns and colour gradients flatter the figure and create an instant summer feeling.
It’s all about the right fit: Swimwear must fit perfectly. Don’t try to squeeze yourself into sizes that are too small in the hope of squashing away excess rolls. A properly fitting swimsuit is much more flattering and emphasises your best body areas.
Those who find a bikini too risqué and a swimming costume too boring can choose a happy medium instead. The tankini consists of normal bottoms and an attached tank top that lies loosely over the tummy. The design of the top can be every bit as varied as a bikini top: With classic straps or as a bandeau top for a strapless tan, as a push-up version or with just slightly padded cups.
A tankini is the best choice for anyone who wants to hide curves on the hips or a little bit of a tummy. It is a great alternative for the classic swimsuit, but not as tight-fitting on the tummy – which means it simply flatters any figure.
A morning walk on the beach or to the cocktail bar for a refreshment: The best thing is to be able to throw on a light dress over your swimwear. Beachwear is made from comfortable fabric that is soft on the skin and doesn’t stick, despite sand and water.
It also offers protection against the sun and cool breezes and covers enough to feel comfortable in the lobby or on the promenade. Transparent fabrics in splendid colours are excellently combinable with swimwear and together create the perfect summer look.
Nothing makes you want a tan more than shining sun and fine sand. However, for those first days at the beach or for fair skin in general, certain shades of swimwear can help to magic away the pallor. Muted colours such as coral, warm red or light green are particularly beneficial and make skin appear darker.
Black and white should be avoided against fairer skin, if possible, because they make it look especially pale.
Conversely, these colours are good for dark skin types. Different shades of blueare also particularly harmonious: From ice-blue to royal blue, they allow the skin to radiate and create a flattering contrast. Appliqués and patterns also bring attractive variety to women’s swimwear: they create curves on slim women, yet conversely disguise unwanted bulges.
Change your swimwear as often as you like if you can’t decide, which of the gorgeous models you want to wear. You can avoid unsightly tan lines that way, and you can choose the colour that best suits your tanning stage. All that’s left to do is to pack your sun cream and a beach towel and enjoy the water!