Summer is approaching quickly and with that comes swimsuit season. Many of us dread swimsuit shopping, since they can be very revealing. Swimsuits are called a plethora of different names such as bathing suits, bikinis, monokinis, tankinis, swim dresses and my favorite from my very close friend Nidhi, swim costumes!
Here are some 2017 swimsuit trends to watch for on your next shopping excursion. In addition, I have incorporated some bathing suit ideas for typical body types. I do recommend trying on the suit rather than purchasing on-line since some shops have a no return policy on swim wear, as these companies consider it as intimate wear. It will save you time and expense to read the fine print on your on-line orders. Hopefully these tips will make this daunting task an enjoyable one.
First is an overall observation. Some swimsuit trends are mimicking the red carpet, meaning high-leg silhouettes that cut all the way up the hip and skin, using revealing fabrics like mesh and crochet. We can probably thank some of our favorite stars for setting that tone. Besides high-leg suits, floral suits are also very much on point for summer. A full one piece with floral and a color blocked silhouette creates the illusion that we look much smaller (see picture # 1).
A couple of colors leading the swimsuit search trend are nude and white. These natural shades can be customized for every complexion and look great on many people.
Another trend is the high neck (see picture #2). This can be in a one- or two piece design. Typically, it has a mesh neck line with a connection to more traditional suit material, such as nylon, lycra or spandex. Also, a design of mesh stripes with swimsuit material through the center of the one piece is an interesting, hip trend.
Stripes are also trending and for the preppies out there, this look could be for you. Nautical navy anchors on the bottom of a suit coordinate with a striped bikini navy top or vice versa (see picture #3).
Another great look is the monokini, basically a one piece with either cut outs around the mid-section or back. A monokini in white with cut outs on the side would be perfect for a summer beach vacation. As mentioned above, white swimsuits are on trend (see picture #4).
If you are looking for more coverage, a swim dress is also trending. This allows for more of a mini dress style made with swimsuit material and has more of a flared skirt/bottom (see picture #5).
Suit your body type
When it comes to what bathing suit is best for your body shape, here are some guidelines to assist you in selecting the perfect cut and style in your swimwear.
The pear shape: You’re curvy at the hips and thighs and smaller on top.
• For a traditional fix, look for a clean-skirted bottom that falls just below the largest part of the upper leg.
• Avoid reaching for a boy short or thick-banded bottom. The extra fabric will only call attention to the area you’re trying to mask.
• A plunging neckline or eye-catching top draws the eye upward, minimizing the bottom.
Large bust: Ample cleavage; you’re chesty and require more support up top.
• Bra-style tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide extra bust support. The thicker the strap, the more support.
• Molded cups provide extra support and are available in many different styles.
• Explore suits marked with sizing like your regular bra, including styles that go above a D that are constructed to support a larger bust. Small bust: Proportionally, you’re smaller on top with an A or B cup.
• Triangle tops create the illusion of curves, as do tops with bold prints or embellishments with ruffles.
• Bra tops and padded push-up tops offer extra lift and can create cleavage, as can certain halter tops.
• A smaller bust always means you can wear tiny scoop tops or bandeaus — embrace them!
Athletic: You’re straighter up and down and have fewer curves.
• Tops or bottoms with bold prints, ruffles, and embellishments add intrigue and feminine flair and can create the appearance of more curves at top and bottom.
• Monokinis create fabulous curves, as do one-pieces with slashes or strategically placed cutouts. • The smaller the swimsuit bottom, the fuller and curvier the backside appears.
• Tie-side bikini bottoms enhance curves and adjust perfectly to your size.
Tummy concealing: You’re built a little more like an apple shape and carry your weight mostly in your middle.
• Shirring works miracles. The gathered fabric hides bulges and creates definition in the waist.
• A figure-flattering surplice-wrap silhouette trims the waist with its crossover fabric.
• If you carry your weight in the lower part of your belly, try on a retro-inspired, high-waisted suit. They’re on trend and ace for covering the abdomen.
Curvy: You’re curvy throughout with a full bust, hips, thighs, and butt.
• Asymmetrical suits draw the eye toward the neckline, highlighting the beautiful line from a woman’s neck to her collarbone.
• Color blocking can help highlight your shape, as do retro suits (think high waists and boxy halter tops).
— Luann Conlon