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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bathing Suits Part 2

Even though I've already made a post about Bathing Suits, I felt it would be helpful to do a post with suggestions for the right swimsuits for the right body type. Please keep in mind the age appropriateness of the subject. I am in no way encouraging 14 and 15-years old to go out and buy a string bikini!

It is very rare that any model under the age of 18 is going to be asked to do a swimsuit shoot, unless it's for a safe and age appropriate swimsuit line. So for the gals who are under 18, please stick to a one-piece or a tankini, as these styles are very suitable for younger body types and won't cause any waves.

The problem: small bust

The solution: Victoria's Secret was really on to something when they came out with their padded, push-up bathing suit tops. Any bikini top with an underwire or pads will give you the boost you need without looking fake. Adding horizontal stripes or ruffles around the neckline also help to give off the illusion of a fuller bust. The key is to create more curves so avoid dark colored tops and tank styles. String bikinis flatter both small and large busts because they can be tied to fit snugly.

The problem: large bust

The solution: chances are if you have large breasts, the last thing you'll need is anything padded or with an underwire. Give your back a break and opt for wider straps or halter styles, which will keep your breasts in place and will offer maximum support. Don't take a chance with a fragile string bikini top. Vertical stripes also give off a slimming effect.

The problem: short torso

The solution: in order to create the appearance of a longer torso, choose bikini bottoms that sit really low on the hips and stay away from high waisted bikini bottoms. Boy shorts and binikis with skirts will only make your torso look shorter. Vertical stripes, solid bottoms with a printed top and solid colored one-pieces wtih a plunging neckline will all work in your favor.

The problem: long torso

The solution: horizontal strips are famous for creating the appearance of width, so your torso will look more in proportion with the rest of your body. Tankinis worn with high-cut bottoms also work wonders. One-piece swimsuits with a cut out pattern also draw attention away from a long torso.

The problem: large hips and/or junk in the trunk

The solution: the key here is to draw the eye away from your lower body and make your whole body appear more proportional. As cute as side string bottoms are, they put the most attention to the areas you want to lead the eye away from. Instead, go for high-cut bottoms that give off the appearance of longer, slimmer legs. Boy shorts are your friend and will give you great coverage while still looking stylish. Wearing printed and colorful tops with darker bottoms will also do the trick and strapless bathing suit styles will make your top and bottom appear more proportional.

The problem: a little tummy flab

The solution: if your stomach isn't quite a six-pack, then go for styles that have ruching, side shirring or suits that have tummy control features. One-piece swimsuits with diagonal lines, dark colors and a high wasitband creates a slimming effect. Avoid horizontal styles that can make you appear wider, as well as two piece suits that would either dig into your stomach or allow it to hang over.

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