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Time For Swimsuits! Best Styles For Men And Women
Okay, we've procrastinated long enough! It's time for swimsuits!
If you haven't purchased your suit
for this year, or if you have an old one that REALLY needs to be
replaced, it's time to find a suit you
I know that sounds impossible. Especially if you're trying to
But don't put it off any longer. Will you really avoid the
beach, pool or amusement park until you've lost all the weight you want
to lose? Get out there and enjoy life, even
if you haven't quite reached your normal weight goal.
We ladies are infamous for HATING swimsuit shopping.
But men should
consider which type of suit and color fabric looks best on them, too.
Declare that this year will be different. Regardless of your
body type or current weight, with a little bit of research and
planning, you can finally buy the best bathing suit for YOUR body type.
I'll use myself (gasp) as the "guinea pig" to give you an idea of how
these tips can work for you.
Make a list of your best features and features
you'd like to camouflage.
My best: Slender figure (thanks to "Real
People Don't Diet
My camouflage needs: No waist/high waist, few curves, small
Decide which colors look best on you.
How do you do this? Find one or two articles of
clothing that always bring you compliments. Hold them up to
your face. See how your complexion brightens and glows?
This is your best color!
If you tend to wear a lot of neutral clothing (blacks, browns, grays,
whites) then find colorful items around your house in different color
families (reds, oranges, greens, yellows, blues, purples). Go
to an area with natural light--or better yet, go outside.
Hold the items up to the inside of your wrist.
You'll immediately see which colors complement your
complexion. Write those colors down--you will only consider
swimsuits in these color families.
You should also consider your skin tone. Is it cool, warm or
olive? In other words, do you have yellow, pink or olive
undertones? If you have a cool skin tone you'll usually find
that blues, greens and purples work great with your
complexion. If you're warm, then reds, oranges, corals and
some pinks will be beautiful on you. If you have olive skin,
you'll look amazing in neutrals like white and ivory, browns, blacks
and yes, olives.
The current "neon" styles will do wonders to brighten anyone's
complexion. They just make you "pop"! But make sure
you choose the color group that works best with your skin.
Hair color makes a difference, too. My best colors changed
when I went from brunette to blonde. (No blonde jokes,
please. It's a cheap way to handle a midlife crisis.)
My best colors: Corals, warm reds, pinks, bright greens.
Decide which style suit you're most
comfortable in: one-piece or two-piece.
However, you should keep an open mind. You may want to
consider the fact that two-piece suits, especially tankinis, can give
you the ability to mix and match tops and bottoms that play up your
best features and play down your camouflage areas.
Today's tankinis can give the illusion of one-piece swimsuits.
My favorite style: Modest two-piece, so I look like I
actually have a waist.
Write down which swimsuit attributes will work best for you, based on
the list below:
--high-cut leg openings
--v-neck with lingerie straps
--bandeau-top bikinis that sit low on hips
--detailed one-piece tops to draw attention up
--high-cut leg openings
--gathered or shirred middles
--"tummytucking" suits with Lycra blends that "hold in" middles
--smaller, linear patterns (not big flowers or "big" designs)
--tankinis with shirred tops, halter tops
--gathered halter tops
--details at tops (buckles, ties, strings)
--ties on the hips that give illusion of curves
--swim minis or skirts that give illusion of curves
--ruffled neckline, detail at top to draw attention upwards
--black (will work with all skin types, naturally slims the profile)
--structured two-piece tops with strong bottoms that offer adjustable
--avoid patterns and stick with strong colors
--supportive built-in bras, with or without underwires
--more coverage on top
--shirring, ties at hips to draw attention downward
--bra-style tops with full cups and bottoms with higher waists
--avoid bandeau tops
My body type: Small bust/straight figure, so I'm going for a
halter top two-piece with interesting bottom.
Be prepared to spend money. You may
not find a flattering suit for less than $60-$100. Why?
Because flattering suits are made from quality materials and
feature tailoring details. Careful thought went into the
However, if you start shopping early (April and May), you might find
great suits for good deals at stores like Target, Wal-Mart, JCPenney,
Macy's, Sears, etc.
If you wait until suits are on sale, your choices will GREATLY
If you are extremely budget-conscious, then consider shopping online
once sales begin. It might be for next year's suit, a
late-summer vacation or a mid-winter tropical getaway. But be
forewarned--if you are a typical size (anywhere from 8 to 14) you
may find sizes are sold out.
My budget: $50 or less initially, starting at Target and
local department stores
Start shopping! I recommend you
begin online, at www.landsend.com.
Why? Because they have an amazing selection of suits, and the
ability to search for the "perfect" suit using color families, body
types, and features you want to play down. You can use an
online model based on your measurements that will let you virtually
"try on" suits.
Whether you buy from Lands' End or not, you'll immediately have an idea
of which styles and colors will look best on you.
My experience: I started at Lands' End to get some ideas on
which suits worked best for me. I loved the halter tops and
I moved to Target.com and immediately found a lime green mix-and-match
style suit in lime green. I chose a mix-and-match halter top
and swim mini. Both the top and skirt have crocheted trim
that looks really cute and adds "texture".
I purchased the suit in early April. Guess what?
It's already sold out. Not even on their website.
But the good news is that Target has already introduced some
new styles that weren't around when I was looking. The
possibilities really are endless!
MEN--you can follow all the steps above, but keep one thing in mind:
SPEEDOS ARE OUT.
I don't know one single girlfriend of mine that looks for speedos.
Consider the latest Travelocity commercial--even the gnome thinks speedos are a risky calculation.
Focus on colors that flatter. If you're skinny, don't go for
the overly long trunks. Go a bit shorter. If you
have a thick middle, don't do the longer trunks, either.
So go get a suit that makes you look great...and then get out there and
have fun in the sun!
You can still lose weight while you go on vacation.
know--I've done it!
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