While the swim dress never really left some of the style and glam did—at least for awhile. If you think back to the Golden Age when the likes of Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe graced the cover of magazines looking sexier than ever; a swim dress is usually what they were photographed in. The swim dress is the ultimate in classic pinup style and thankfully, they’re back as the ultimate in modern-day pinup wear! For a while the swim dress was something geared towards older women who wanted to cover up. Truth be told, they were far from sexy or even remotely appealing. Today the swim dress is back and hotter than ever! Don’t get me wrong; the new swim dress is not about showing off too much skin or looking unrespectable or anything! The options just happen to be better than ever so women of all ages and tastes can find something that they love. You can choose from something beautiful and conservative or something that gives you a whole lot of va-va-voom in a way that is reminiscent of the sexy pinup girls of yesteryear that are cool again. Ever since the trend in swimwear turned back to old movie star glam, there’s been no stopping the swim dress. Not only have these looks been gracing the pages of the top fashion magazines but, even the retailers that are best known for super-sexy swimwear and lingerie have added swim dresses to their repertoire. Today’s swim dress still provides more coverage than other swimsuits but, they’re cut in a way that is far more flattering, they enhance your curves so you can look gorgeous no matter your shape or size, and best of all, they come in colors and designs that give the bikini a run for its money! Choosing your swim dress is easy because they’re all geared to be as figure-flattering as possible these days. The hard part is choosing just one since the selection is so incredible! Go for dark colors and wider straps if you’re looking for support and coverage or if sex appeal is what you’re after, then look at some of the flirtier vintage styles that look more like hot little dresses than swimwear. Remember that ruffles on the bust can enhance a smaller bust and a skirt that flows out in an ‘A’ shape is great for making the most of a pear shape or heavier bottom. The swim dress is not about hiding imperfections – it’s about making the most of what you’ve got so that you look and feel as sexy and confident as a pinup!
You probably know your shape better than anyone else, and you’re probably aware of your favorite and least favorite parts. Swimsuit season can be intimidating to many women, who fear that they “just don’t look good” in a swimsuit. Today’s swimwear options make it much easier for all women to build confidence and look great on the beach–with a little advice. Match these body types with some swimwear suggestions that will help you feel comfortable in a bathing suit that’s “suited” for your shape. Small Chest or Bust If you’ve got a small bust, opting for two pieces is probably your best bet. Try a halter top tankini that can give even a size A chest some cleavage. Make sure that the top fits correctly, and isn’t too loose (the number one way to make your chest look smaller). If possible, try getting different size top and bottoms to fit, like a “mix n match” style. Ruffles, extra fabric and adjustable straps are small-chested women’s best friends! If you prefer a one-piece swimsuit look, avoid strapless one-piece swimsuits. Thin, spaghetti straps will look cute on you! Large Bust or Heavy on Top If you want some cleavage, halter top bikinis or tankinis offer support and cleavage, as well as the ability to adjust size with a tie-neck option. Underwire, banded midriffs, soft foam cups or built-in-bras are a must with any one or two piece swimwear option. If possible, order the top one size larger than the bottom. One-piece swimsuit options can also include “tank” style suits with wide shoulder straps. Avoid anything that has minimal coverage, such as bandeau bikini tops. Short Torso and/or Short Legs You can actually lengthen the look of your legs by finding a swimsuit that is cut high on the legs. One piece swimsuits often have “high thigh” bikini cuts or a V-Shaped plunging neckline are a great fit for your shape. Try a string bikini if you’re set on a two-piece bathing suit, which will lengthen your legs by revealing your hips. If possible, avoid boy shorts. Color-wise, you can wear a solid colored bottom with a printed or vertically-striped swimsuit top, which will draw the eyes toward your torso, giving it a longer look. Long Torso/Tall and Thin To avoid the “bean pole” look, go crazy with embellishments, horizontal stripes, super bright neon colors, and even hip belts that break up your tall, thin figure. If you’re tall and think without curves, try a one-piece swimsuit with an embellished waist, or extra fabric and ruffles on a skirtini swimsuit. Try to avoid solid colors without any print, detail, or embellishments. Broad Shoulders Play up your bottom half and avoid drawing attention to the top if you’ve got an “inverted triangle” shape. Choose bikini bottoms splashed with lots of colors and print patterns and don’t be stingy when it comes to embellishments such as ties, belts and sashes. Wide shoulder straps, square necklines, and modern low-rise thigh cuts can make you look fabulous. Try to avoid the plunging V-neck that will only highlight the shape you’re trying to soften. Tummy Troubles or Scars & Stretchmarks If you are self conscious about your tummy, try a one-piece swimsuit, or a “mock” two-piece. Many one-piece swimsuits today actually look like two-piece tanikinis or skirtinis, but they offer total midriff coverage. Swimdresses often also do the job of covering a tummy, with style. Try a print rather than a solid color to distract from too much tummy. Most women who have scars or stretchmarks tend to have them on their thighs, breasts, or bellies. The best swimwear option might be a long swimwdress, or a swimsuit with optional coverup. Boyshorts bottoms can help you cover stretchmarks on your buttocks or hips, if you’ve got them. Curvy Bottom or Plus-Size If you’re curvy on the bottom, the skirtini is for you! Try choosing a smooth, slimming skirtini skirt (short or mini is OK) that covers just want you want it to. If you want ruffles or an extra fabric look, choose a skirted bikini with a ruffled bikini top that will draw attention to your bust rather than your hips and buttocks. The comeback of the super cute, one-piece swimdress is a great trend for plus-size women. Swimdresses offer coverage in the places where most plus-size women are seeking modesty, but swimdresses are often constructed with stylish, sexy fashion in mind as well. Deep V-necks can accentuate cleavage, and ruching at the hip can offer a fashionable distraction as well as lengthen your thighs.
This article is as much a lesson in self esteem as it is an informative look at bikini styles. Most women wish they could wear a bikini swimsuit but shy away from it because they’re not model-thin. Where’s the justice?? While magazines may still favor the waif over the plus-sized girl for their pages, there is no rule saying that you need to be skinny in order to wear, feel good or look good in a bikini swimsuit! So, instead of just brushing off the idea of the bikini that you’ve been coveting on other women, stop for a minute and see how a woman of any size really can wear a bikini swimsuit. There are several factors that can help you find the right bikini for you no matter how old or how big you are. The fact that you can find a bikini swimsuit in regular, petite and plus sizes should already show you that you can indeed find one in your size even if you fall under what is considered a ‘specialty size’. A bikini swimsuit is like any other swimsuit in the sense that not all of them are going to look good on you. By the same token though, they aren’t all going to look bad either. Experimenting with different cuts and colors guarantees that you’ll be surprised by just how flattering some bikinis can be. You’ve got choices like higher or lower waist bottoms, padded or unpadded cups and halter or strapless. These things can all help you to find a look that works well for your body no matter how big or small you are. Even if you believe that you have a good grasp on what looks good for your body you should still be willing to experiment a little and try on lots of bikinis in order to find the right one. And, when it comes to shopping for a bikini swimsuit, you also need to be willing to venture out of your comfort zone a little and open yourself up to other possibilities. Finding the right swimsuit is like finding the love of your life— you never when or where it’s going to happen and it usually happens when you least expect it! Finally, for you ladies who worry that a bikini swimsuit isn’t for you, I want to let you in on a proven, yet little known secret that’s sure to help. The secret is that confidence makes you more attractive than a skinny body ever could! Ask any man and he’ll tell you the same thing. Sex appeal is more about how you feel than how you look, so choose a bikini swimsuit that you feel great in and then go strut your stuff like nobody’s business!