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Brandi Glanville’s top swimwear tips and picks

For more than 17 years, Brandi Glanville traveled the world as a high fashion model. She has appeared on the glossy pages of premiere fashion magazines Glamour and Cosmopolitan and worked for luxury design houses such as Giorgio Armani, ...

Look haute by the pool

Brandi Glanville, reality star, model and single mom of two active boys, is dishing her top tips for everything from beauty and fashion to fitness and nutrition in her new column for SheKnows! Up today? Tips for rocking the poolside in style!
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Look haute by the pool

Brandi Glanville, reality star, model and single mom of two active boys, is dishing her top tips for everything from beauty and fashion to fitness and nutrition in her new column for SheKnows! Up today? Tips for rocking the poolside in style!

Yeah bikinis!!! Finally something I believe I am an expert on! OK people, let's just start with my five ultimate rules for rocking a swimsuit and being "haute" poolside.

Rule #1: Tighten things up a bit

First and foremost, guess what? A big bikini bottom only makes your booty look even bigger! Much like with pregnancy clothes, the bigger and looser clothing you wear only makes you look like a house.

If you want to look like you have a tiny bum, then rock a tiny bikini bottom, preferably one with side ties, like this one from Luli Fama. Side ties protrude out just enough to bring the eye of your onlookers out which in turn makes your waist look two inches smaller. It's all about proportions, ladies.

Luli Fama swimsuit

Ruched bikini

Rule #2: Ruching is your friend

A little ruching goes a long way! Nothing is more flattering than ruching on your behind because it accentuates the middle therefore giving you an even more bootylicious look. Try a flattering bottom like this one from Luli Fama (above).

slightly padded bandeaux top

Rule #3: Find the right top for your bust

Triangle tops are not always the most flattering look. A slightly padded bandeau top twisted or cut out in the middle with straps either from the inner chest or outer is the most flattering and sexy look of all time, unless you have a very ample, perfect chest. If that describes you, then you should rock triangle tops, like this one from Victoria's Secret.

Designer bikini by Holmes

Rule #4: Designers matter

When it comes time to choose a swimsuit designer, just remember that your suits are only as good as your tailor! It is so important to have the right cut for your body and we are all made with love, care and imperfections. Lucky for us, most swimsuit companies sell separates these days for our convenience.

So what are a few of my fave designers? My number one favorite swim line is Holmes by my friend and supermodel Susan Holmes. Number two is Luli Fama, third favorite is Vitamin-A, fourth is Rees (but it's very pricey) and in last but certainly not least is Skin Flick swimsuits.

Tankini

Rule #5: Ditch the tankinis!

Lastly, I have some serious issues with the "tankini." To me it just screams “Hey, look at me I’m kind of trying to be brave." Too much contradiction for me. It’s basically a one piece cut into two pieces with all the fabric still there. Bottom line is I don't believe in tankinis. I think a one piece bathing suit with a few well-placed sexy cut outs is way hotter! Tankini be gone.

Bonus tip: How to look pretty in pictures

When it comes to getting your pictures taken in the almost near buff, there are a few things to consider!

St. Tropez MousseColors matter: I find solid bright colors photograph better than prints. Three basic suit colors that one cannot live without are white, black and either turquoise or hot pink! I promise.

Don't forget your beauty routine: Please don't forget to self-tan before hitting the beach! Exfoliate first with a salt scrub and a dry loofah, shave next and then apply your favorite self-tanner. I'm digging St. Tropez Mousse at the moment, but don't forget to apply with latex gloves. My next beach must is a cellulite cream. One of my faves? Bliss's FatGirlSlim! Just remember we all have a little bit of cellulite in one light or another at any age.

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