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July 4, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Make A Splash!

By Mellissa More Blogs by This Author

Swimming is one of my all time favorite activities! Although I swim laps year round,  I spend the most time at the pool during the summer. I usually don my black, once piece Speedo, but the summer season gives me a reason to show off a pretty suit with fun colors!

The Halter/ One piece

Halter style swimsuits are typically one piece and attach at the nape of the neck. Halter style suits elongate the waist and show off your shoulders and back. This type of suit generally flatters all body types! One of the awesome things about halter style swimwear is that the bra is easy to adjust.

The Tankini

The tankini is a nice option for those of us who are in between sizes. If you're like me and need a larger top and a smaller bottom, a tankini is for you! The top of a tankini normally covers most of the midsection and the bottoms can range from a regular brief to shorts.

The Bikini

The bikini is probably the most iconic style of women's swimwear and must be handled with care! This style can be worn by all shapes and sizes, but it's important to remember to flatter your shape!

  • To flatten a belly: Look for bikinis with high waisted bottoms. This retro option is available in the Sailorette at Sea in Rouge bottoms from Modcloth.com.

  • To minimize a bust: Wear bikini tops that are supportive (some even behave like bras!), such as the Sailing in the Sun bikini top from Modcloth.com.

  • To enhance a bust: Pick styles that include detailing like ruffles or buttons, like the Paisley Ring Bandeau top available only at Gap.com.

  • To minimize hips: Try a flirty skirted bikini bottom, like the Pier Skirted Bikini Bottoms by Freya available through Nordstrom.com.

  • For moms to be: Shop for styles that will be both comfortable and versatile, such as the Prego Dot Ruched Maternity Bikini from bellablumaternity.com.

Last, but not least, make sure to carry along sunscreen SPF 50 or higher while you're soaking in the rays!

Resources:

http://www.aintnomomjeans.com/2010/06/should-you-buy-maternity-swimwear.html

http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2010/05/how-to-find-the-sexiest-swimsuit-for-your-body-shape

http://www.oprah.com/style/How-to-Choose-the-Right-Swimsuit-for-Your-Body-Type-Find-a-Swimsuit

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