Diving into Summer with the Right Swim Suit for your Body

Let’s face it.

Not all of us have a Victoria Secret Angel body.  You may have a plus-size body. Or, you may be thin, and athletic, and lack a perfect hourglass shape. You might want to hide scars. Maybe you want to shift the gaze from very small breasts.

I know the story well. You walk into the swimwear section and feel frustrated. You feel less than enthusiastic about the beach.  You come up with excuses, and deny  yourself a good time.

My body is slightly imperfect. I have narrow teenage-like hips, and long, somewhat skinny legs. I have strong shoulders that are a bit larger than my hips, and an above-average breast size.  A strong mix of masculine and feminine.  For swimwear, I love pastel or white shorts to visually make my hips larger, and add a bit of  femininity to my body.  The trick is simple.  Lighter shades visually enlarge, while darker colors slim the body.  Also, pay attention to prints. Horizontal prints widen, while diagonal, and vertical lines make the body look slimmer.

A great tan also flatters. If you are against indoor tanning sessions, or generally avoid extensive sun exposure, use bronzer. I love protective tanning lotions with a bronzer and shimmer.  If you use indoor tanning, don’t forget to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration, and  combine tanning sessions with red light therapy to rejuvenate, and tone your skin.

I also love shopping online for Victoria Secret’s swimming suits by using their Beach Sexy Bikini Mixer tool. It allows mixing and matching tops and bottoms to custom perfect suit. Great news is that  their swim collection is available both through iPad and iPhone apps; which is awesome, considering the fact that lately I prefer iPad and iPhone to the desktop.

VS SWIM TOURRecently I had the opportunity to attend Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Tour in Milwaukee and interview Erin Heatherton.  For more information about the event, click here.  For insights, including the interview with Erin, click here.

Here are few more tips on how to choose the right swim suit:

  • Large thighs and hips? Don’t despair. Celebrate your feminine look by using glamorous sarongs or skirted bottoms.
  • Not every one-piece swimming suit will make you look slimmer in the waist area, unless it has an optical illusion print, vertical lines, or skirt attached.  Instead, go for monokinis.
  • If you have strong shoulders, show them off! Go for thin straps or a totally strapless look. Strong shoulders are sexy.  Embrace them.
  • If you breasts are small, instead of padding, you might want to try a top with ruffles, one of the hottest trends of this season.
  • Petite women will look super chic in retro-inspired high-waisted bottoms.
  • If you have a plus-size body, choose a one-piece swimming suit with a deep V-cut.  Use a chic cover-up for your sunny getaway. There are so many options available online and at local retail stores.
  • Above all, embrace your body and be confident! You are unique. There is no one like you. You are beautiful!

VS SWIM TOUR

5 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe

We all have our favorite wardrobe pieces, which fit perfectly and flatter our bodies. Yet, even a beautiful piece can become boring and outdated. In this case, I personally love to purchase new accessories or mix my favorite outfit with new trends for an instant updated look. The great thing is, unlike decades ago when mixing different trends was a fashion faux pas, today’s fashion enthusiasts consider it standard. It can also save you a tremendous amount of money.

So, if you are thinking about updating your wardrobe without breaking a bank account, here are a few things you might want to consider purchasing:

Bib necklace. These jewelry items were very popular back in the 1960s. Today, you can find them in almost every vintage store for just a few bucks.


 
aquaskye: February 2013


 
aquaskye: February 2013


Pointed toe pumps. This is probably one of my favorite trends. They instantly give a feminine touch to any formal professional attire. If you are a big fan of androgynous fashion, mixing masculine clothes with pointed toe pumps creates a very chic, modern look.
Pinterest / Search results for shoes runway 2013


 
Pinterest / Search results for shoes runway 2013


 
Pinterest / Search results for shoes runway 2013


Duffle bag. A duffle bag can instantly update your outfit as well.
Everyone's wearing...the Saint Laurent Duffle Bag - Celebrity Fashion...

Beanie hat!! Ah, I absolutely love this trend. The right beanie hat can instantly update your look and erase years, if it is mixed with the right clothes. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with formal wear, such as blazers, oversized coats and pointed toe pumps for a chic, modern look.

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Backstage BCBG Max Azria


Oversized coat/jacket. This trend is an echo of 80s will stay for a while. It’s especially great piece to have, if you want to hide some flaws of your body. Choose the one that has a structured design to flatter your body. The stand-up collar, combined with tucked-in hair, will instantly create an edgy, modern image.
adult runaway a break from the day


 


What are your favorite trends?

 

aquaskye: February 2013 (clipped to polyvore.com)

Pinterest / Search results for shoes runway 2013 (clipped to polyvore.com)

Pinterest / Search results for shoes runway 2013 (clipped to polyvore.com)

Pinterest / Search results for shoes runway 2013 (clipped to polyvore.com)

Everyone’s wearing…the Saint Laurent Duffle Bag – Celebrity Fashion… (clipped to polyvore.com)

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Backstage BCBG Max Azria (clipped to polyvore.com)

adult runaway a break from the day (clipped to polyvore.com)

 

Smart Dresses I Love

Let’s face it. Not everyone has perfect proportions no matter how hard you work out. Hour glass-shaped women quite often desire to make their hips look slimmer and legs look longer. Rectangular shaped women who usually have long beautiful legs desire to make the waist look thinner. While wearing all black might make you look few pounds lighter, the current trends enable a great choice of dresses with structural design and a  pattern which creates the optical illusion of changing size. I absolutely love these dresses.

Fashion Is Geometry