April 23rd, 2010
The goal of figure flattery is to create the visual illusion of a more hourglass-like shape from your figure. Essentially, it’s making the most of what you’ve got - and it makes you look taller and thinner. Whatever your personal architecture, you have a good deal of control over how you look in a swimsuit, especially given how little fabric you’re working with. How do you flatter your body in a swimsuit? It’s all in the details.
If you have a tummy…
Jersey Lomellina Retro Bandeau Tank | $115 at J Crew
Look for ruching at the belly - and a high cut leg and/or a low cut top to look your leanest. Avoid shiny suits, which accentuate figure flaws.
Look for suits with underwire for extra definition. Also, ruffles, ruching, and other textured fabric treatments help create visual volume.
If you have a big bust…
Coco Reef Swimsuit | $114 at Macy’s
Look for suits that have enough support, and avoid necklines that are too high (you’ll only look bigger) or too low (not enough support). (PS: While the model pictured doesn’t fit the silhouette type, the swimsuit does indeed work well for women with a larger bust.)
If you’re pear shaped…
Becca ‘Color Code’ Halter Top & Bikini Bottoms | $78+ at Nordstrom
Look for swimsuits that draw attention upward. Also look for higher cut swimsuit bottoms, which visually elongate your leg.
If you’re curvy…
Miraclesuit Sanibel One Piece | $148 at Nordstrom
Look for wrap styles and vertical-type patterns to make you look longer and leaner. Avoid too-high necklines, which will create the illusion of "uniboob."