Don't be swimsuit shy 0
Printed bandeau bikini top ($17.94) and bottom ($17.94), Old Navy. (Supplied)
I have terrible legs. They are heavy right up from my ankles. I usually wear pants and long skirts so my legs do not show. I am going on holiday and need a swimsuit. How can I look my best when my legs are exposed?
Swimsuit solutions for your bottom-heavy body require that you de-emphasize your bottom and make your upper body the main attraction. Look for a swimsuit that plays up your top and capitalizes on your assets.
1. Look for details at the neckline. Tribal beading, bling or whatever attracts the eye and keeps the attention up is fine.
2. Explore exotic necklines that flatter you such as wide straps, the Grecian one-shoulder or strong horizontal necklines.
3. Select suits that have a bold colour, exciting print or texture on your upper body.
4. Try stylish bold stripes placed diagonally on your top and then stay solid and dark below.
5. Wear a skirted bottom suit. Either a "skirtini "with a brief top or a one piece "dress" swimsuit. Your skirt can fall mid-thigh to above your knee. Use your mirror to determine the best look. Skirt shapes vary as do hemlines so try them to see what flatters your body. Asymmetrical hemlines are okay too.
Your job is to find the perfect combo so you look great, your bottom is minimized and you are comfortable.
Use the perfect cover-up so you can enjoy activities beside the water without feeling exposed or overdressed. A pareo or sarong that reaches your ankles or a simple long wrap skirt can complete your beach and poolside look. Dive in and enjoy the water, then emerge and use the light cover-up to conceal your legs so you can be comfortable.
I am a size 6 top and wear an A cup bra. My bottom is a size 10. What kind of swimsuit will balance my body proportions?
When you are small on top you can do several things to create balance.
1. Get invisible enhancement with a swimsuit that has padding and underwire to support and build up your bust.
2. A swimsuit that has ruffles or appliques such as rosettes will build up your bust line. The fuller the embellishment the better.
3. Try demi-bra-style tops with adjustable straps to keep everything supported and in place.
4. Use a colour strategy. Wear light colours and patterns on top and then minimize your bottom with a dark solid colour.
5. Try a bandeau-style top with gathers and/or pleating for additional volume.
6. If your personal style allows, try a tiny triangle top in a print or vibrant colour paired with a flattering bottom. Only someone with a small bust can capitalize on this bikini look.
Regardless of where you are going, your objective in dressing is to create a balanced and proportioned silhouette. You can control the focus and the overall look. Each woman has her own challenges to address (men too). There is a swimsuit solution for everyone. It is, however, necessary to explore the possibilities and discover what works best for you.
"Wardrobe Doctor" Marilyn Wetston is the owner of Marilyn's, 200 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ont. M5T 2C2. Write to her with your fashion dilemmas or visit her at Marilyns.ca.