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Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A Detroit Expert

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 12: Joanna Guy, Miss Maryland, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2013 Miss America Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 12: Joanna Guy, Miss Maryland, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2013 Miss America Pageant. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Designer Magdalena Trever of Maggie May Swimwear shares her top five expert tips on finding the right fit for your body type.

Magdalena Trever
Maggie May Swimwear
(248) 563-4771

Magdalena Trever is the owner of Detroit-based company Maggie May Swimwear. Ms. Trever's designs are renown throughout the fashion industry, coveted by celebrities and featured in top fashion publications. Ms. Trever not only designs her exclusive line of luxury swimsuits, she also knits each piece. Her expertise is not limited to swimsuits, recently designing a loungewear line geared toward retail powerhouse QVC, focusing on "making women feel beautiful no matter what their age or size."

Tip 1: Accurate Fit is Key

Finding the proper size that fits you is one of the most important rules to follow when shopping for a swimsuit. An ill-fitting suit leads to nothing but headaches, as too tight a fit will most likely lead to unflattering bulges and a suit that is too large will not support the body properly. Be certain to try a variety of potential candidates or get out that measuring tape and order true to the recommended size chart, not what you think the correct size "should" be. Apparel lines' sizing varies, so a small from one company may be a large at another.

"When looking for your perfect fitting swimsuit, it is important to try many on. If you are buying online, always refer to the size chart and use measuring tape to get an accurate measure of your bust/waist/hips to compare."

Tip 2: Support is Important

Support in a suit will lead you to feel more confident and hold everything together in all the right areas. Find a swimsuit that gently hugs your curves, this will help to create a streamlined look. Without the appropriate structure, important elements of the body may appear lackluster. Excellent support will eliminate the problem of "sagging" and make you appear confident, an important element when lounging poolside.

"I would say that for the top of the suit, support is the number one goal so that your bust looks the best it can. Scoop halters or the most common triangle tops are always the most flattering no matter your size or shape. Bandeau tops are usually for a smaller busted woman so if you do have a large bust, I would try a halter or triangle first as an option."

Tip 3: Don't Cover Up Too Much

Major coverage on the lower part of your body is a fashion faux pas. Too much coverage gives the eyes too many roadblocks, not allowing for the eyes to move across your body uninterrupted. Although wonderful to leave something for the imagination, allowing a glimpse of skin will show off an important asset, revealing that a tiny area goes a long way without giving away too much.

"For swimsuit bottoms, the number one problem is women covering up way too much on the behind area. If your problem area is your torso, then try a monokini or a high-waisted style. Make sure to always find a cut that slightly shows the cheeks and doesn't completely cover the butt. This trick makes you look thinner as opposed to a swimsuit that completely covers the behind area that can actually make you look heavier than you are."

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Tip 4: Hide Flaws with Patterns and Texture

A great way to cover flaws is to create an illusion with pattern. A design adds visual interest and creates enough distraction that problem areas will be concealed. Finding a swimsuit with texture is another trick to mask parts of the body.

"Patterns and special details such as texture can also be something to look out for as a secret to hiding flaws. A standard lycra bikini can sometimes emphasize problem areas, but finding a bikini with beading or an interesting textured pattern distracts the eye and is body smoothing."

Tip 5: Wear a Chic Robe

Chances are that not a single person will notice anything negative about your body. If still unconvinced, look for a robe or cover-up that can be thrown over the bikini or swimsuit. Now get out there and strut your stuff.

"If your problem area is the thighs, using cute, chic cover-up robes or tunics gives the coverage you desire but still makes you poolside ready to get in that water!"

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