Fit for Every Body Type
Hermanos recommends these flattering swimsuit solutions for the following problem areas:
Small Chest: Bandeau or triangle-top bikinis flatter ladies with small chests and give the illusion of a fuller bust line.
Top-heavy: Halter-type tankinis are best for those with big chests. Bikini tops with thick straps or swimsuits with molded cups also give extra coverage and added support.
Belly and Paunch: Graphic tankini tops or tankini tops with side ruching hide the stomach by bringing attention away from the area and by totally covering it.
Big hips, Pear Shapes: Darker hues help visually slim down wide hips. Avoid light-colored bottoms and those with too many accents.
Apple Shapes: Dark solid shades (such as tube tops) help streamline the silhouette. Steer clear of tops with thick straps, too many details or even light colors.
Boyish Frame: String bikinis or swimsuits with cut-out details (such as maillots) give the illusion of curves.
One for All
If you’re buying just one swimsuit that will take you through the summer months and even the next few years, Hermanos recommends a black regular-cut one-piece. “It’s universally flattering and gives the illusion of singularity and longer legs.” A tube-style molded cup tankini top paired with boyleg bottoms are also popular among women.
Always note quality, material and construction. (Check for proper lining, pads and good stitching.) According to Hermanos, a well-made bathing suit is one that can hold up in both in a swimming pool and in the sea, can stretch two ways and can keep its color even with multiple uses and washes. “Ideally, the swimsuit should last for an extended period of time and not just for one season,” she says.
To get the most mileage out of your summer suit, always hand-wash with mild soap and air-dry after each use. “Make sure that your swimsuit is completely dry before storing, and fold it properly so as not to damage the pads and other accessories that may have come with it,” advises Hermanos.