We have nothing against bikinis, but there is something exceptionally sexy about one-piece bathing suits. Maybe it's the fact that they leave more to the imagination, or perhaps it's because they have only recently become popular again, so they are still a bit of a novelty. But one way or another, this season we're on the hunt for a killer full piece.
The best thing about one-piece suits is that they involve more fabric, so it's much easier to find one that flatters. Herewith, our Ladywearing swimsuit guide for EVERY body type, one-piece edition.
Flat Booty: This is a time when frills and ruching come in handy, as they give the illusion of a bigger behind. Opt for suits in bright colors and loud prints to try and distract from a flatter tush. Also, showing a little cheek is preferably to full-coverage bottoms.
Small Chest: Finding a suit that flatters your bust can be a challenge. The best bet for a gal with a smaller chest is to go for a suit with embellishments or ruffles around the chest to give the illusion of a larger bust. Alternatively, a suit with padding can help to give you a little somthin' somethin' extra.
HUGE Chest: For the girls with big girls, bathing suit tops that come in size S, M and L are not your friends. Cup sizes and underwire will offer you the support you need so you won't be all over the place when you take a dip. Also look for thicker bathing suit straps and double-stitched bands for the most flattering results.
Big Butt: If you’ve got an ample backside, high-cut swimsuits can often be uncomfortable and a bit too revealing. You'll need a suit with enough fabric in that area so you’re not constantly tugging for more coverage or picking a wedgie. So beyond avoiding skimpy cut swimsuits, you should look for designs in solid colors, without any extra frills or embellishments on the rear.
Back Fat: The last thing you want is a suit with thin straps that will dig into your skin and make those dreaded flesh folds even more pronounced. So reach for designs with thicker straps and high backs to smooth any lumps and bumps.
Broad Shoulders: There are a few things you can do to balance out your body when you’ve got a set of broad shoulders. First, opt for a solid colored suit with printed panels along the side. This will help create the look of an hourglass figure, thus evening out a boxy upper body. You can also rock an asymmetrical neckline, which will draw the eye up and away, instead of straight across.
Short Legs: If you want to elongate shorter legs, go for suits with high cuts in the leg (a la Kelly Kapowski). Since you are showing more skin, it will make your gams appear longer. And if you're really brave, go for a thong for optimal lengthening potential.
Compact, Athletic Body: The goal here is to give the illusion of more curves, which is easily done with a top with cups, padding and gathering, and by girlie prints and bright colors. Don't go for straight-across bandeaus or shapeless full-pieces, as this will only enhance your athletic figure.