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Swimsuit Styles You Won’t Dread Wearing

Swimsuit Styles You Won’t Dread Wearing
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By Naakai Addy

Swimsuit season is a bizarre convention. We spend so much time as a society reinforcing the idea that bodies are private and lingerie should only be reserved for intimate partners. When summer rolls around, lingerie is suddenly expected to be on full display, as long as it’s more Lycra than lace

In cultures where partially-clothed mature bodies are considered natural rather than scandalous, this transition is fairly seamless. In America, choosing a swimsuit in your fifties and up can be a nearly traumatic process. The reality is that if you want to go to the beach, the pool or the roof-deck to enjoy the sun, you don’t need to be covered from head-to-toe. This season’s swimsuit trends have a lot to offer mature women and are well-worth exploring as the weather heats up.

Covered Cut-outs

Want to show off your figure without baring too much of it? Swimsuits with sheer or mesh elements are a cheeky alternative to more revealing bikinis and monokinis. Monokinis are sexy options, but the cutouts aren’t ideal for everyone. A suit with strategically-placed mesh or other sheer materials gives you both support and sex appeal.

photo: Swimbikinisuit.com

photo: Swimbikinisuit.com

Accessorize

Unless you’re planning to swim extensively, there’s no reason to leave accessories behind just because you’re going to the beach. A statement necklace and chic sunglasses can make even the simplest bathing suit glamorous.

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Long sleeves

As we age, it’s natural for the skin around our arms to loosen. This is a pain point for many women. Fortunately for those of us who have yet to achieve Michelle Obama’s muscle tone, long sleeved swimsuits are giving bikinis a run for their money. Taking a page from wetsuit, long sleeved swimsuits provide coverage and shaping for the arms in far more interesting styles.

photo: chaos-mag.com

photo: chaos-mag.com

Bold patterns

If you’ve been wearing the same swimsuit cut for the past 20 years and want to keep it that way, liven up your routine with one of the season’s most popular patterns. Geometrical patterns and “tribal” prints are all the rage, and though the name of the latter print is questionable, the patterns are bold and beautiful. Remember that if you have a small frame, you should be wearing smaller prints so as not to overwhelm your figure.

photo: tribalprintwattpad

photo: tribalprintwattpad

High-waisted bikini bottoms

The high-waisted bikini trend is great news for women who prefer not to display their stomachs. If you have cellulite, stretch marks, C-section scars or even just a belly that you would rather keep under wraps, opt for a high-waisted bikini bottom. Stop this look from appearing frumpy is to choose a delicate top with feminine detailing. Show a little skin at the top of your ribcage and at your upper chest.

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photo: pessimiss.files.wordpress.com

Swimwear Tips

It’s important to understand which cuts will flatter your body shape. There are some rules that apply across the board. The higher the cut of the swimsuit bottoms, the longer your legs will appear. Boy short bottoms and straight swim skirts create a horizontal line across your thighs, making them look wider and shortening the visual line of your legs. If you are larger on top, however, a boy short can help balance your frame. The most stereotypical swimsuit is the string bikini that ties around your neck, but pear-shaped women should beware of this triangular silhouette.

Regardless of your shape, trying on swimwear is not the time to be conscious of the size on the label. Because of the stretchy, body-hugging material in swimwear, you may find yourself sizing up. The goal is to find a suit that fits your body closely without squeezing the life out of it.

Opt for quality in swimsuits, as a great one will last you many years. Brands such as MiracleSuit and Lands End offer durable suits in flattering cuts. Lands End even has a Swimsuit Finder feature, which finds the ideal swimsuit for your body type and preferences. For more designer duds, mature women can find high-end style in brands such as Karla Colletto, La Blanca, Vince Camuto and Profile by Gottex.

Lastly, when trying on swimsuits, remember that if it’s not flattering, it’s not your body’s fault. Try on several at a time in different sizes, colors and styles. With patience and a positive attitude, you will find a swimsuit you look forward to wearing!

Sources:

http://www.racked.com/2014/7/24/7585097/the-swim-2015-trends-buyers-are-totally-into

https://shopping.yahoo.com/news/the-2015-swimwear-trend-report-205823242.html

http://www.style.com/trends/fashion/2014/spring-2015-swimwear

http://www.fashionisers.com/trends/spring-summer-2015-swimwear-trends/

 

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