Choosing Flattering Swimwear: Quick Tips for Men and Women

Do you ever stress out before going on vacation because you hate the swimwear pieces in your closet? You scramble last minute to find ones that fit and flatter your body, but they’re usually duds too.

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. In this article, we share some quick fashion tips to help you choose the most flattering swimwear for your body. Read on to learn how to decorate your body with body-flattering swimwear.

Try Ruffles

Ruffles along the neckline and shoulders draw attention to your chest area. When worn over a bandeau bikini top, ruffles can give the illusion of a bigger chest because the bottom layer of the swimwear is concealed.

Not only are they fun to wear, but this style of swimwear is also flattering on everybody.

Try Ruched 

A ruched one-piece swimwear is a flattering plus-size swimwear style. The ruching along the belly area highlights the curves of your body, instead of hiding them. The top of the one-piece also gives ample support for the girlies.

If you haven’t tried a ruched swimwear piece, this is your sign to try it now. 

Go for High Waisted

The most body-flattering swimwear ever created is likely high-waisted bikini bottoms. These bottoms cinch in at the waist, tucking the belly in and giving the body an hourglass appearance. High-waisted bikini bottoms also elongate the legs, giving a more sultry look than your regular bikini bottoms.

Horizontal-patterned bottoms give the illusion of a wider hip, whereas vertical and diagonal patterns give the illusion of a thinner waist.

Mix and Match

The fun thing about buying swimwear is that you can mix and match different types of swimwear. You can play around with the colors, prints, and fabrics to create flattering swimwear that is one of a kind.

A simple swimwear combination can be a print top and a solid bottom, or a solid top and a print bottom.

Choose Bright Colors

When buying swimwear, you want to go for colors that bring out the warm golden tan on your skin. Your swimwear should flatter the sun-kissed tan you’ve achieved on vacation.

The best flattering swimwear colors to show off your tan are usually bright colors. Try white, lime green, lemon yellow, coral pink, or blue.

A quick tip when buying swimwear: make sure your swimwear is not see-through (wet or dry).

Go For Above the Knee

Swimwear for men that goes beyond the knee can be quite unflattering, no matter who it is on. Instead, opt for a pair of preppy swim trunks that hit right above the knee. This style of trunks is flattering on most men.

Alternatively, a pair of trunks that end mid-thigh can be quite flattering on shorter men.

Flattering Swimwear for All Bodies

No matter what any list says, the most flattering swimwear for you are ones that make you feel proud and comfortable to be in your skin. Try it out. Model it in front of your mirror and see how it makes you feel before you ask for a second opinion. 

If it at all cuts into your body or makes you feel uncomfortable, then return it. Clothes are meant to fit you, not the other way around–remember that. 

For more fashion tips and advice, check out our fashion section on our blog!

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