Spandex, also known as Lycra, might seem like the last thing you should look for in a slimming bathing suit, but spandex's stretchy material actually helps to slim and shape your body without unsightly bumps. It's like shapewear in a swimsuit. Try a Miraclesuit or a Spanx swimsuit, or look for another bathing suit that has a tummy control panel.
Ruching is an excellent feature to look for in a swimsuit. The bit of extra fabric doesn't make you look thicker. Instead, the gathered fabric flows over your body, eliminating any lumps or bumps. The trick is to look for ruching in the area you wish to control, such as the hips or stomach. Try this Jantzen one-piece polka dot bandeau swimsuit, a retro-style suit that is ruched along the sides to help camouflage and add shape to the midsection. If you're self-conscious about your hips, choose a suit that has a ruched skirt, or opt for one that sits high on your legs to draw the eye upward.
Shirring is similar to ruching, except it features only a few gathers in a certain direction, which helps to draw the eye upward. This is a good option if you are looking to define your waist or accentuate an hourglass figure. Try this Calvin Klein shirred-panel one-piece swimsuit, which whittles the waist. Colour blocking goes great with shirring. Simply opt for brighter colours in the areas you wish to highlight and darker colours in the areas you want to minimize, like on this Athena Heavenly one-piece.
Tiers help to slim the body because they glide over curves. Just be sure the suit defines your waist to keep you looking slim. Try Miraclesuit's Riveted Rita. Ruffles can also be used strategically to add volume to a certain area. For example, ruffles along the chest can enhance the bustline.
Choosing the right features in a swimsuit can help enhance your best features and camouflage areas you're insecure about. However, the true key to looking good in a bathing suit is having confidence. So choose a suit that reflects your style, and flaunt it!
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