Swimsuit Tips for Women

Swimsuit Tips for Women
Buying a swimsuit is no small task. While there are countless websites dedicated to the sale of swimwear for women, there are precious few that help you understand how to pick just the right bathing suit to meet your needs. What is more, since women's bodies differ greatly from one another, it is hard to simply buy swimwear from the rack and hope that it will fit. Personal swimwear considerations include bust line, your desire to possibly hide or minimize some bodily imperfections, protection from the sun and, of course, the actual act of purchasing that perfect swimsuit.

Bust Line

If you have a large bust, buying a swimsuit off the shelf may not be a viable option. Avoid the temptation to buy a swimsuit that fits well everywhere except in the bust area. While you may be able to squeeze in, the fabric will be stretched to capacity over the bust, turning your otherwise formfitting bathing suit into a risqué outfit. Instead, consider buying a swimsuit with sewn-in cups or underwire for support. On the flipside, if you have a small bust, draw attention away from this fact by opting for a swimsuit with a seam below the bust line and sewn-in padding.


Choose a dark swimsuit if you have wide hips, a large bust or carry a few extra pounds on your stomach. Light colors tend to draw attention to these areas, while dark colors tend to minimize the visual impact of extra weight. As a matter of fact, the perfect swimsuit in this situation would be light-colored on top, while being dark-colored on the bottom. This is a great way of masking an oversized derriere.
Another great way to make hips appear slimmer is by making your legs appear longer. You accomplish this by choosing a bathing suit that has high-cut leg openings.

Sun Protection

Look around for bathing suits that offer UV protection. Oftentimes, these are perfect for prolonged exposure to the sun, especially when you couple the synthetic protection with sunscreen from the bottle. If you have a hard time finding the kind of swimsuit you like with this kind of fabric, invest in a wrap or other light item you can occasionally wear over your bathing suit. This helps to protect your skin from the rays of the sun and prevents premature aging and the diseases associated with overexposure to the sun.

Try Before You Buy

Once you have narrowed down your selection to the perfect couple of swimsuits, try them on. In the privacy of your dressing room, bend over and even do a few jumping jacks. Take one last look at your appearance after these exercises. Did the swimsuit stay in place? Did it properly support your bust? Is the cut of the leg holes still comfortable? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you have found the right swimsuit.

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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