Swimwear for Every Body
It's bikini season, and if you're dreading swimsuit shopping, you're not alone.
But "Early Show" style contributor Katrina Szish extended a helping hand Tuesday with a look at the best swimsuits for five different body types: boyish figure, tummy trouble, small bust, large bust, pear-shape so you can look and feel great heading to the beach or the pool.
For a Boyish Figure:
Szish suggests ladies with a boyish frame to stay away from anything that has square edges. It can make you make you look boxy. Instead, go for a bikini with some feminine details such as a halter neckline, bottoms with a tie or beading, and try a bright fun color. All of these details enhances an hourglass look.
The Early Show featured a two-piece swimsuit by Old Navy ($16.50).
The swim suit was paired with Charles by Charles David Rip Wedges ($75.00) and an Echo Design Terry Pocket Tote ($78.40) which can be found on Zappos.com.
If You Have Tummy Trouble:
Szish suggests a suit that has built in support throughout the mid-section.
"One of the hottest trends this season is the return to glamorous retro inspired swimsuits," said Szish. "You can still be right on trend and make your body look fantastic."
The Early Show featured a one piece swimsuit by Shape FX($49.00).
The look was topped off with Diba Gold wedges ($58.95) and Jessica Simpson tortoise sunglasses ($59.00) which can both be found on Zappos.com.
For a Small Bust:
Szish suggests swimwear that can help create the illusion of an hourglass figure.
The Early Show featured a one piece by Spanx ($198).
"This one has a built in bustier effect and the black insets help create the illusion of an hourglass figure. When you look at these side by side you can see that this Spanx suit really creates an illusion," said Szish. "The before suit is basic black and overemphasizes her lack of curves, she wears it when she works out but this Spanx swimsuit is still a suit you can wear for exercise. What's great about it is it creates a flattering line."
The swimsuit was paired with a pair of Gabriella Rocha wedges ($53.10) which can be found on Zappos.com.
If You Have a Large Bust:
Szish explained, "The most important thing for a woman with a larger chest is to make sure the swimsuit fits you on the top. It seems obvious but most women are guilty of it."
There is no need to hide your curves if you have a large bust, try a V-neckline with built in support. It is a great way to enhance a bigger bust without hiding it, just don't add too much volume.
The Early Show featured a one-piece suit by Old Navy ($29.50) with Steve Madden wedges ($79.95) and a Jessica Simpson hat ($44.00) which can be found on Zappos.com.
If You Have a Pear Shape:
Fit is especially important if you have a pear shape. Try a straight skirt swimsuit bottom, it covers up but does not add bulk. Also, try and avoid ruffles or anything that may add width. For women of this shape, it is smart to buy tops and bottoms in different sizes, so look for piece that are sold separately.
The Early Show featured a two piece swimsuit by Tommy Bahama (Top: $93, Bottom: $86.)
The look was accessorized with a pair of Steve Madden gold wedges ($89.95) and Jessica Simpson sunglasses ($51) which can be found on Zappos.com.
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