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Tips On Fitting A Swimsuit To Your Body Type From A South Florida Expert

Swimsuit weather is yet again just around the corner for South Floridians and so is the time to plan for great warm weather swim looks. A great bikini, monokini, one-piece, etc. can look disastrous when worn on the wrong figure. Designer Lourdes "Luli" Hanimian of Luli Fama swimwear explains the best ways to wear swimsuits for several body types. The days of fretting about what to wear to the beach or pool party can pass with these super helpful tips and tricks.
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Lourdes "Luli" Hanimian

Luli Fama Swimwear
12180 S.W. 128th St.
Miami, FL 33186
(305) 234-5656

Lourdes "Luli" Hanimian and brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian are the incredible designers behind the popular Luli Fama Swimwear collection. A decade strong, Luli Fama swimsuits turn heads, incorporating hot trends and incredible cuts and fabrics to make women look their sexiest poolside or at the shore. Mixing prints and patterns in bright colors is a signature for the line as well as hardware and embellishments that accentuate curves and make the swimsuits ready for the most glamorous waterside events. Elements of the Caribbean (including the designers' native Cuba) are clearly part of the inspiration of Luli Fama looks and the appeal reaches much farther across the globe with brand devotees that include some of the biggest names in the entertainment world - Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Aniston, Bar Rafaeli and more.

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Body Type: Pear Shape

Pear-shaped women have bodies with hips wider than their shoulders. A push-up top helps to enhance the bust and tops with fringe or ruffles expertly bring the eye up. It's important to wear bottoms with a soft elastic to avoid a muffin top. Take advantage of the mix-and-match trend by wearing darker shades on your lower half to give the body a better balance of proportion.

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Body Type: Hourglass or Curvy

Women with hourglass figures have shoulders in proportion with their hips. With an hourglass figure, it's important to wear pieces that keep the bust and hips balanced. Wear under-wire tops offering support and small to moderate back coverage bottoms. It's essential to keep top and bottom colors in the same shades.

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Body Type: Athletic

An athletic body type is recognized by a toned lower half and shoulders wider than the hips. Wear halter tops or triangle tops to elongate the top half of the body. Stay away from bandeaus. Wear ruched or tie side bottoms to show off the lower half.

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Body Type: Straight

A straight body type simply means slim without curves. The point is to accentuate the slim figure while creating the illusion of curves being present as well. The desired effect is to add volume to the bust and hips with ruffles, push-up tops and ruched or ruffled bottoms to give shape.

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Body Type: Heavy in the Middle

Women with heavier waistlines can appear slimmer and more streamlined by wearing dark colors that slim the waistline. A high-waist swim bottom with a soft band is a great choice as it offers the option to scrunch the band to cover problem areas as needed. This is a really useful tip as it works even for women of other body types on days where they've put on a little extra or they happen to be retaining water. Swim weather in Miami is most of the year and it can be a challenge to keep the waistline trim year round.

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Chanoa Chen is a well-published blogger and online journalist on topics ranging from luxury lifestyle living to fashion shows and trends. A self-proclaimed Miami Beach fashion expert, she is also working on launching her first jewelry line, Boki Love. Her work can be found at


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