Skinny or Not, How to Look Hot at the Beach
Boost your body confidence to shine under the summer sun
Wouldn't it be just swell if our weight-control goals always coincided with
our real-life schedules, so that just as bathing suit season rolled around,
we'd be the perfect size? Unfortunately, it hardly ever works out that way!
Try as we might to get in shape before having to reveal our bodies to the
world (or at least our neighbors at the local pool party), it seems there are
always a few more pounds to lose, jiggly thighs to tighten, and arms to tone --
not to mention a psyche in need of some serious bolstering to get us through
If this sounds familiar, don't despair. Experts like fitness image
consultant Lisa Avellino say that with a little creative energy you can turn
planning a day at the beach into a day at the beach! The goal, they say, is to
accentuate your positives, beginning with selecting the right swimwear for your
Selecting a Swimsuit
If, for example, you carry weight in your lower half -- if you're
"pear" shaped -- look for a suit that is a solid color from the waist
down, with a print, a bold color block, or a ruffle on the top, to draw the eye
Another key element is proportion, Avellino says. By balancing the top half
of your body with the bottom half, you can give your figure a more proportioned
"If you are top-heavy find a bathing suit that draws attention to the
hip area. If your body type is straight (lacking a defined waistline), find a
suit that has a pattern at the bust and hip area with a solid at the middle --
again drawing the eye to the areas you feel confident about," Avellino
tells WebMD. One of this season's favorite beach silhouettes is the V-neck
halter suit, a style that fashion experts say can bring out the best in almost
any figure type.
"A plunging V neck, even one a little lower than you think is
appropriate, really draws attention upward to your face, to your bosom and to
your neckline -- and that's what people see first and the most," says
Dannielle Romano, editor-at-large for DailyCandy.com, the ultimate online tip
sheet on style. "Almost anyone can pull off the look."
What can also help: Getting a suit with great support. Today, that's easier
than you might think. Romano says.
"There is amazing technology in swimsuit construction right now,"
she says. "You can get a suit that pulls you in, in all the right places,
for a very reasonable price. You just have to take the time to look and try on
until you find the one that's right for your body."
Check out the suit's bra insert and go for the best support you can find.
The better the support in this area, the better your midriff, waist, and hips
will also look, says intimate apparel design expert Colette Wong.