How to Look Great in a Bikini
By Vanessa Lausch
Published 04/20/2006 | Women
Summer is around the bend, and the swimsuit-shopping season is now upon
us. Department store racks are full of new bikinis in all shapes
and sizes, and it is your job to choose one that makes you look and
feel great. Chances are, if you feel at all self-conscious about your
body, shopping for a bikini is not at the top of your list of favorite
things. Undoubtedly, the never-ending trips to the dressing room
seem like pure, unadulterated torture as you try to tuck your leftover
winter fat into two tiny scraps of cloth. So, how do you choose
that one magical bikini that will make you look toned, beautiful, and
beach-ready? To get you started, check out the tips below for a
guaranteed successful shopping trip and then scan through the analysis
of the seasons latest bikini and swimsuit trends.
Shopping and Flattery Tips
- Before you hit the department store circuit, schedule a spray tan
for yourself. Spray tanning is quickly becoming one of the
hottest trends on the beach because its easy, effective, and very
slimming. There is nothing like a bronzed appearance to shave at
least five pounds off your look.
- Once you get into the store, choose a variety of bikinis in
different styles and cuts to try on. You do not want to get
trapped into thinking only one style will work for your particular body
shape. If you have a variety of different swimsuits on hand, you
can quickly and easily see how different styles make you look.
- When trying a swimsuit on, remember to consider your particular
requirements for the swimsuit. If you plan on moving around or
playing beach sports, you will want to stay away from swimsuits with a
lot of excess fabric. If you are wearing a bikini, make sure the
straps offer adequate support and the front of the bottom sits a little
lower than the back.
- As you analyze your look in a particular bikini, be sure to use a
three-way mirror. This will allow you to see how the suit fits
you from every angle. Also, be sure to check out your appearance
while squatting or sitting. You will quickly become alert to a
too-skimpy bottom or uncomfortable style.
- When choosing a print or fabric color, remember that nearly
everyone looks good in smaller prints and darker colors. If you
love the look of big prints, try to find a print in a dark color for
slimming effects. Dont be afraid to pair a print top with a
solid bottom, or vice versa. And, if you are mixing colors, be
sure to wear the darker color on the part of your body youd like to
- If you are choosing a string bikini, make sure to tie it
properly. The tie at the bottom should rest on your hipbone, with
the remaining string stretching across your hip at a length of no more
than seven inches. To tie the top, make a bow at the back first
and then stretch the fabric cups over your breasts to tie the
neck. You should allow for no more than two to three inches of
string between your breasts.
- At the store, dont let yourself be talked into a trendy style or
color you are not comfortable with. If you do get pressured into
a purchase, you will likely never wear the swimsuit again, or you will
be constantly tugging at ties and straps. If you have an old
swimsuit you love, feel free to bring it into the store and ask for
assistance finding a similar style.
- Once you buy your new bikini and make a trip to the beach,
remember this sexy look for sunbathing. Make a small pillow out
of the sand for your head and neck and dig a little hole for your
butt. Having your legs and chest slightly elevated is a very
Now that you know how to shop for and look great in your new bikini,
check out the latest trends below to see if any styles match your
figure and personal taste.
Florals: Flowery suits are in
this year, and the best way to wear them is in bright, preppy
colors. The color mixes are full of blues, yellows, and greens
with fun, contrasting trims. If you are self-conscious about your
weight, look for a floral print with small designs to minimize your
Polka Dots: They may seem a
little goofy, but polka dots in all sizes and colors are guaranteed to
be a hit this summer. To jazz up the look, check out bikinis with
belts and buckles. Just be sure that any extra details in the
bikini are placed in areas of the body youd like to showcase.
Solid Black or White: Bikinis
in simple, solid colors like black and white are always stylish, but
this year they are quite trendy, as well. Black bikinis are
slimming and sophisticated, and white bikinis can be very sexy.
Remember to check for adequate lining on your white bikini before
heading out to the beach.
Tiny Skirts: Boy shorts were
the style of last season, but tiny skirts are the new trend for this
year. Look for a skirt that extends just a little longer than a
pair of boy shorts and offers plenty of coverage in the butt. As
a warning, a short skirt tends to cut your body at its widest, so be
sure youre not sensitive about your hips or thighs before donning one.
High-Waisted 50s Styles: Trendy
bikinis are returning to their roots this year with the high-waisted,
ruched styles of the 1950s. These swimsuit styles offer more
coverage and lend you a Marilyn Monroe appearance, but make sure the
high-waisted style is flattering for your body before purchasing it.
With a little preparation and forethought, you can look better than you
ever imagined in a bikini. This summer, feel free to luxuriate in
the warm sand of your favorite beach knowing that you found a perfectly
stylish and flattering bikini for you.
For more tips about bikini fashion and styles, check out More Swimsuits