There’s nothing that strikes more fear in a woman’s heart than being seen in swimwear. We are always looking for tips and trick to looking skinnier in a bathing suit. For those of us not blessed with that perfectly toned, svelte body and perhaps look like mashed potatoes much more than you should, here are 7 tips to looking skinnier in a bathing suit:
1. Use Color to Your Benefit
Looking skinnier in a bathing suit may be a simple as choosing the right color. The skillful use of color can hide a multitude of imperfections. The overall illusion of slimness can be accomplished with the use of dark bathing suits or bathing suits with dark side panels. Colors like black or navy blue can be very flattering. Use color to accentuate the positive aspects of your figure as well, by choosing bright or light colors on your best features.
2. Choose Strategic Patterns and Stripes
Patterns can be very influential in whether you look skinnier in your bathing suit. Vertical stripes will make an area appear thinner, horizontal stripes make them look wider. Diagonal stripes have an overall slimming effect. Muted low contrast patterns are much better on areas of your body that you want to look skinnier, but bold high contrast patterns are great for areas you want to accentuate.
3. Consider Texture and Accents
Shinier fabrics accentuate, so use them on areas you wish to bring out. In areas that need to look skinnier, use only matte or opaque colors. Some bathing suits come with lace, skirts or ruffles. Use the lace and ruffles only around areas you want to bring out, since these accents call attention to themselves. Skirts are great for slimming down bottoms and legs. Wrap styles that cross over the body are slimming.
4. Look Skinnier in a Bathing Suit with Support
Many bathing suits have support panels sewn inside. They can be across the waist, over the abdomen, or intended to lift and/or separate the breasts or rear-end. Some suits have full support built into them. The use support panels, in addition to features such as darts and princess seams, makes for a better fitted bathing suit and has a slimming effect.
5. Choosing a Two-Piece Bathing Suit
Looking skinnier in a bathing suit doesn’t mean you have to rule out two-piece suits. Use colors, patterns and design to your benefit. Then, consider the style. Wearing the bottoms higher on the hip tends to make the legs appear longer and makes you look skinnier. Short halter-style tops are flattering, and long tops with deep necklines will cover up problem bellies while at the same time give a slimming appearance.
6. Get Some Color
A suntanned body looks slimmer, but you don’t have to risk your health to get it. While in the sun, be sure to use a UV blocking sunscreen of at least 30 SPF to avoid the detrimental effects of the sun. However, you can get that same great suntan color with home-tanning products, or by getting a spray-on tan at a salon. Do-it-yourselfers can end up with streaks and uneven color, so be sure to apply evenly.
7. Get a Pretty Cover-up Too
Along with the swimsuit, buy a cover-up that compliments the suit. While you are not actually swimming, you can feel less exposed yet still look slim and fashionable while wearing one. These can be long and flowing shirt-like wraps, light casual throw-on dresses, or a wrap around skirt. Match these cover-ups with a flirty sandal with a slight heel and you’ve got nice slimming beachside look without feeling too exposed.
It’s not hard to look skinnier in a bathing suit as long as you are aware of little things you can do to take attention away from problem areas and draw eyes to your better features. While 7 tips to looking skinnier in a bathing suit are listed here, there are many more. What’s your tip or trick?
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