Let’s face it, shopping for a swimsuit can be fun and exciting but at the same time it can be a real challenge. The challenge for me is searching for one in a flattering color, pattern and cut according to my body type, which I’m considered to be curvy. When I go shopping, I would get totally confused by all the swimsuits because there are so many of them on the market these days which can be extremely overwhelming.
What I have learned about shopping for swimsuits is to understand what each swimsuit style type is. From bikinis to string bikinis….what’s the difference besides the name? Various swimsuit styles is what I would call the baseline, which gives me a basic general idea of what each swimsuit type is. Understanding what each of the swimsuit types has given me a better understanding of to search for and what to stay away from when out shopping for my new swimsuit.
So if you are in the same situation when shopping for a swimsuit and not sure what the baseline of each swimsuit style is let me break it down for you….
The bikini is a two-piece style that consists of a bra-like top and panty-like bottoms. Sometimes you will find the bottoms are cut similar to boy shorts or a skirtsuit. Here are a few of my favorite bikini choices.
The string bikini is almost similar to a traditional bikini except for the strings tie together the top bra-like piece and the sides of the bottom piece. The difference is the string bikini offers less coverage than a traditional bikini. Here are a few of my favorite string bikini choices.
The halter basically is a swimsuit that ties behind the neck. Here are a few of my favorite choices.
The one-piece is the only swimsuit that gives the most coverage. The cut leg openings can be either high to low-cut leg openings. Here are some of my picks for stylish one-piece.
A bandeau is a one or two piece swimsuit. The focus of this style is the strapless of the bustline, which gathers the center.
The tankini is a two-piece style that has a top that covers the majority of the stomach along with bikini bottoms. Here are my favorite tankini choices.
This is the type of swimsuit that is worn by swimmers. The design of the back has straps that forms an X shape, which is good for making sure the swimsuit stays in place while the swimmer dives or swims.
A skirt suit can be either a one or two piece swimsuit that has a short skirt. Check out these for example.
Okay so now that we have defined each swimsuit style, lets go further in searching the swimsuits that will flatter each figure.
Large Lower Half
Shorter Legs with a Longer Waist
Longer Legs with a Shorter Waist
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