BY: JULIE CHUNG
Swimsuits have evolved from the classic one-piece, to the vintage, high-bottom two-piece, to the barely-there two-piece, and now to swimsuits with all sorts of designs that will have you wondering, “Is that really a swimsuit?” Whatever you choose to wear this summer to flaunt your summer body, check out these simple tips to help you look your best in your swimsuit.
Crochet Bikinis Crochet bikinis are adorable. They look effortless, comfortable and perfect for the beach. However, these bikinis are also one of the trickiest to wear because most of them are not meant for wearing into harsh, salty waves. Crochet swimsuits are often very flimsy so they may become more revealing than you’d hoped once they are out of the water. Keep in mind that crochet stretches out very easily too, so make sure to test out your crochet bikinis in water at home before you wear them to the beach, especially if they are white.
Bandeau Bikini Tops Bandeau bikinis are perfect for tanning and they come in a variety of designs that you just can’t help but pick one out. But before you rush into your bandeau purchase, it’s a good idea to see if bandeau bikinis are for you. Bandeaus are meant for smaller-chested women, because they have very minimal support. The shape of a bandeau and how most of them scrunch in the middle are designed to make a smaller-chested woman’s chest appear larger. On the contrary, a bandeau will make a busty woman’s chest appear smaller because of how little fabric is used for the bandeau. Also, remember that swimsuits get heavier when wet so if you have a larger bust, chances are you will constantly have to pull up that bandeau to hide your goods. If you are in fact busty but absolutely must wear a bandeau this summer, try to find one that comes with a strap, or sew one on yourself just to be safe.
*Tip: if you have a smaller chest and feel insecure about your size, try out bikini tops that are decorated with ruffles or fringes because they give the illusion of added curves to your body.
Cutout Swimsuits Cutout swimsuits look so good in catalogs, on mannequins, models, and displays in retail stores. However, most of them are made for fashion, not function. A good rule of thumb when buying any type of swimsuit is to picture yourself, or someone else, in it at the beach. Does it look ridiculous in your head? Then don’t buy it! Unless you’re a model and need a cutout swimsuit for a photo shoot, try to stay away from them. Frankly, cutout swimsuits look ridiculous when worn outside and they simply don’t last very long.
Trendy Swimsuits Many retail stores such as Topshop and H&M are coming out with a wide range of trendy swimsuits. These swimsuits vary from high-waisted bikini bottoms, to irregular shapes, to one-pieces with graphic designs. Like cutout swimsuits, they can look cute in stores, but just make sure to be practical when buying trendy swimwear. Being fashion-forward in your everyday wardrobe is one thing, but going too trendy in your swimwear may not be such a good idea; you don’t want to attract attention for all the wrong reasons, like Kruger on the right.
With retail stores constantly trying to outdo each other, there are countless, unique swimsuit options to choose from. It’s definitely good to experiment with different shapes and designs to find what fits your body best, but with so many trends coming in to stores, it’s easy to confuse what really looks good and what doesn’t. Remember that most people look good in a simple one-piece or bikini, so when in doubt, just stick to the basics.