Does swimsuit shopping make you cringe? Make the dressing room a safer space by only choosing suits that match your body shape with designer Bradley Bayou's list of dos and don'ts.
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A one-piece with a tank-wrap top in a dark color with a light or brighter color on the bottom or a small skirt. You want the straps to fall on the outside of your shoulders with a V-neck. This will pull your eye in compliment this with a bright color or lighter color bottom to balance your wide shoulders.
Choose a suit with support—either a bra-shaped or halter top with underwire will work best for you. Choose a darker color on top with a brighter color or print on the bottom. You can choose a bikini or full-piece depending on your midsection, and with either type of suit make sure any embellishments are on the lower half to balance your bustline.
Short Legs or Torso
Choose a suit with a high-cut leg. There are really interesting one-pieces out there now with cut outs—pick one where the leg is exposed as much as possible. Boy-cut shorts are not for you.
Takinis or a one-piece will work well on you—any top with an empire waistline. If you want to do a two-piece just make sure you minimize the distance between your top and bottom. For example, a shorter tankini is okay if paired with a high-waisted bottom.
Choose a one-piece with a V-neck, as plunging as you feel comfortable with a belted waist, preferably in a contrasting or bright color.
You can go as skimpy as you like up top, but choose suits that have their prints or embellishments on the top rather than the bottom, like ruffles or beading.
The dos and don'ts of swimwear