Buying a Swimsuit: For Women of all Shapes and Sizes

It is the time of the year that every woman dreads – Swimsuit season!  No matter what size a women is, she probably panics over picking out a swimsuit and worries that it fits her figure well.  Of course, every woman wants to accent her best features while minimizing her weak spots in any clothing, but this is especially true in swimsuits. Swimsuits are so revealing, there is very little margin for error when trying to choose the right one.  All women want a swimsuit that looks good on them, but if they are going to be spending a lot of time in the water over the summer, then comfort is also important.  Here are a few tips and hints you can follow that will make your swimsuit shopping much less stressful.   Large Busts Woman with large busts should find a swimsuit that fully supports them.  The best swimsuits for that are ones with halter-tops or molded under wire cups to keep everything in place.  A swimsuit with the additional strap across the back, along the bust line, also provides additional support.  Women with an inverted shape (their top is wider than their hips), should choose a two-piece with a skort or shorts.  This will help balance their top and bottom, making them look more proportional.   Large Hips and Thighs A woman with a large rear end should look for swimsuits with boy cut bottoms.  This helps hide your rear but also looks cute and is comfortable.  The skirted bikini bottoms are also cute – giving a hint of your legs, but still hiding your rear end.  Avoid the skimpy bikini briefs at all costs!  For the top, you can also choose something that is catchy and brightly colored.  This will draw attention upwards away from your rear end.  Again, avoid horizontal stripes, as they will make your rear look even larger than it actually is, although diagonal stripes might create a more flattering illusion. Curvy women should consider the tankini.  The tankini is a two-piece swimsuit with a top that resembles a tank top.  With it, you can pair the hipster bottoms.  These cool looking bottoms provide far more support for your curves than the traditional bikini bottoms.  You may also want to try on one of the one piece swimsuits with cutouts on the sides.  This can have a slimming effect while still showing off your curves.   Larger Belly If you have a large stomach, you should stick to a one-piece suit.  However, if you really want a two-piece, look for one of the halter-tops that fall over the waist of your bikini bottoms.  This not only hides your stomach, but also helps elongate your body, making you appear taller and thus slimmer.  You may also want to check to see if the store has a swimsuit that offers tummy control.  A printed suit will also take the focus away from your stomach and make you look slimmer.   Plus Size Swimsuits Large women probably have the hardest time picking out a swimsuit.  If you are overweight, you are probably self-conscious enough when choosing regular clothes, but do not let this discourage you from enjoying some fun in the sun.  Stick to dark colors like navy blue and black to help make you look slimmer.  Avoid a swimsuit with horizontal stripes, as that gives the optical illusion that you are wider than you actually are.  Spandex is a good choice for swimsuit cloth because it stretches, but it is very important that you get the right size swimsuit.  Do not try to squeeze into a swimsuit that is two sizes too small for vanity reasons.  Picking the appropriate size will always look better on you.  Many stores let you mix and match tops and bottoms, so if you are top heavy or bottom heavy, you can make sure you get the correct size for each section.  Remember that swimsuits usually run smaller than regular clothes, so you may have to set a size or two larger than you normally wear. The most important thing for you to know when purchasing a new swimsuit is to know what works best for your features.  And, don’t purchase the first suit you try on unless you just really love it.  Take several in the dressing room with you and see which one looks best.  It may even help to take along a friend to give you an honest opinion of how it looks. is a retail affiliate web portal and is not affiliated with any brick and mortar mall and/or mall project. Please shop responsibly but...

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Choosing The Right Jeans For Your Body Type

High on the list of frustrating things people do because they feel they have to is jeans shopping. Shopping for a pair of comfortable chinos would be easier, but it would not meet that irresistible need to have a stylish well fitting pair of jeans ready to go at a moments notice. If you are like most people, there are several pairs of jeans in your closet that almost never see the light of day. They may have looked right in the store, but at home they just don’t make the cut over the one pair in the closet that actually fits and feels just right. Just about all frustrated shoppers have thoughts on the matter of how to buy the right pair of jeans. Only a few ideas, however, are really worth considering given subtle variations of body types that a pair of jeans needs to fit. Fit the body type Although it is fairly simplistic to say that there are only five body types, it is the easiest way to narrow down the hundreds that could be given. Consider these groupings: short-wasted, long torso, plus-size, wide hips, slim and petite. There are of course variations in between. For a short-waste consider lower fitting hip hugger jeans. These will tend to elongate the upper body. For a long torso body type, go for a pair of jeans that has a defined waist. This goes in the opposite direction of the short waist person. Plus size people need to work with balancing the hips. To do this, look for a flare at the bottom of the leg. This will balance out the hips. Also, large pockets close together will help. A petite person should consider a straight leg pair of jeans that may be a bit baggier then normal. This will cast a taller silhouette. Age appropriate jeans Unless you look like Goldie Hawn when she was in her 20’s and 30’s certain areas of the body have moved and your attitude has changed. Make yourself understand that the days of the torn knee and low-rise jeans are gone. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it gives you quite a few options with regard to style and fit. Where are you going? The perfect fit means differing things for differing uses. Jeans at a casual party require a differing fit then if you might be wearing them on a casual Friday. Consider a stiffer leg if you are going to a function that isn’t quite a picnic but not a slack sort of function. A straight leg will work for people with a narrow waist or short legs, and if your waste isn’t quite as narrow as it once was go with darker colors. Darker colors cover up a host of body imperfections. Casual Fridays call for a dark jean and a defined waste. Anybody can wear this type of jean no matter the body type, but if you are plus-sized or petite add the rules above. The real trick to fitting your style and body type, in this instance, is to find a pair of straight leg jeans you are comfortable with and buy two pair. Buy one pair for flats and one for heels. When in doubt, accessorize If you are still having a difficult time finding just that right pair of jeans to fit your body type don’t fret. As the saying goes, “when in doubt accessorize.” If your hips are still in the way, a good pair of shoes and a few frills on the blouse may help a bit (don’t go crazy on the frills though.) Try matching the jean color to some jewelry. Or, the wide ankle is always a good fall back to distract while continuing to be stylish. Take it along One of the biggest errors that people make when jean shopping is to not take along those items that they will have on, or with them, when they are actually wearing the jeans. If you need a defined waist or a distraction take along a belt to make sure it fits and works well with whatever else you may wear with the jeans. Afterall, if they fit well, but don’t necessarily look right, you can always make them look right. Taking care of those that fit When you have finally found a pair of jeans that fit and look stylish make sure that you take care of them. A good pair of jeans that fit is not something to take lightly. Always wash your jeans in cold water and if you want to go to extremes turn them inside out so that they don’t fade. Always hang dry the jeans and, if you are going to make alterations, wash them a few times first just in case they...

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