Shopping for swimsuits can be a challenging experience, but it needn’t be a traumatic one. By following a few simple style steps, the beach stops being a place to dread for fear of a fashion faux pas, and becomes the perfect spot to flaunt your figure and have some fun in the sun. Survive the swimsuit season in style with these helpful beachwear do’s and don’ts.
DO ensure you get a good fit
Finding a bikini or one-piece that fits to perfection can be a frustrating task, but taking the time to seek out a swimsuit that is neither too big nor too small is entirely worth it. If you’re looking for a two-piece, opt for a mix ‘n’ match bikini which allows you to choose a top and bottom in different sizes if necessary. It’s also important to bear in mind the styles that suit your shape; for example, triangle bikinis look great on smaller-chested girls, but may be too tight or not provide the support required for larger chests.
DON’T forget a cover up
When heading to the beach, the cover up you choose can be just as important as the sacred swimsuit. Not only could the weather turn chilly, but should you decide to head to a restaurant for some food, you’ll need something appropriate but quick to take on and off. Not only that, but we all know how harmful sun exposure can be, so having something loose and light on hand to cover your skin is an essential beach bag item.
DO choose a colour that complements your skin tone
When it comes to getting beachwear right, colour can be everything. Those with a darker skin tone look great in lighter colours, whilst fairer skin is often best suited to warmer tones. The monochrome look is a classic one and block black or white bikinis are particularly on trend this season. If you’re hoping for something a little more fun, choose a tropical print in colours which bring out the best in your body.
DON’T be afraid to embrace the latest trends
Each new season, a wonderful range of new beachwear trends emerge and 2012 has bought us some fashion forward choices as well as updates on timeless looks. As Mad Men mania still sweeps the Western world, retro-inspired swimwear looks set to be huge news this year, with high waist bikini bottoms creating waves and vintage beach accessories making a real splash.