Oh no it’s bathing suit season!

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what will be your go-to suit for the season.  Some of this season’s trends revolve around the style; i.e. cutouts, Multi-strapped, Bralettes/Crop top and High-waisted.  Others revolve around the fabric; i.e, crocheted, fringe, animal/ethnic print and LBBS (or Little Black Bathing Suit).

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But wearing the latest trend should be secondary to finding a style that will work best for your body type.  Just as in other areas of your wardrobe, the bathing suit should balance your figure.

If you are “Bigger on the Top,” go for a suit with modest coverage.  A V-neck halter top with underwire and wide straps will give “the girls” the support they need.  Also consider the use of color; darks to conceal and brights to accentuate.

For those of you who are “Bigger on the Bottom,” you will want a suit that brings attention to the top.  For you, a padded or push-up top is a consideration as well as tops with special interest from horizontal strips to bold patterns or ruffles.  Avoid triangle tops and solid colors.

“Curvy” women should maintain the balance in the suit through the use of patterns and color.

The woman who is “Not Curvy” should look for a suit that will add curves to both top and bottom.  Patterns and ruffles work well on this body type, padded tops and skirted bottoms are other options.  Triangle tops and side tie bottoms should be off your shopping list.

If you have a “Little Extra in the Middle” look to a one-piece suit that has tummy control and ruching (gathering) at the waist.  A suit that creates the illusion of long and lean will also flatter this figure.  Prints down the middle or dark side panels can give you that effect.

So does the trend you want to wear fit your body type?  Sometimes a pattern and color can be more important in creating the look that will make you feel great on the beach or at the pool.

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Choose wisely and you won’t need to hide behind that cover-up.  And don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen!

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

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