By: Stephanie Alexis
If you’re anything like me, then you may be guilty of staving off the heavy workouts in the winter and cuddling up to some intense Netflix binges. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with taking a few cheat-days here and there! Even Victoria’s Secret supermodels don’t always look like their campaigns….(*ahem* There’s the magic tool they use called Photoshop….)
Regardless of computer enhancements happening, or not, at the end of the day, we can’t compare ourselves to other people. Why allow summer to suddenly lose it’s edgy mist of wanderlust and fill us with stress when the topic of pool parties and beach days surface? While the real problem is in our heads, it can have a lot to do with our body types as well. One body shape isn’t better than the other, but certain cuts do tend to work better on varied shapes.
Fear no more! Here’s your official guide to looking your best under the sun:
If you’ve got a flat bust, stay clear of constricting bandeau tops! Go for something with padding or details like ruffles that add weight in a good way. A classic triangle top will also work. On the other, if you’re afraid of showing too much then go for a more sculpted top. Tankinis also prevent any of that under-boob worry. You will certainly need a piece that provides support.
Broad shoulders definitely need to be balanced. An asymmetrical cut can do the trick. You may also want to try a suit with decorative side panels.
Want to fake a fuller backside? Finding bottoms with some ruched accents will help to give you the perfect illusion. Usually a solid bottom and printed top can also help enhance your derrière.
Are love handles the big issued here? Or maybe you’re not rocking strong abs. No worries, a high-waisted bottom will conceal and smooth that problem area. With a modern print, you won’t look like you’re walking out of a history book.
If you’re worried about concealing some back flab, then be sure to skip any tops that has straps that dig into your skin. Go for a suit with thicker straps. You may even want to try going up a size. If you are working a little baby bump then congrats! Make sure to wear something comfortable. You don’t want to get into something too tight and constrictive and remember that wiggle room is the key.
Last but not least, don’t forget some SPF and your favorite beats! I like to protect my iPhone from the sand with my SportFit case.
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Stephanie Alexis is a New York City stylist, wardrobe consultant and owner of SA Style Studio (http://www.sastylestudio.com/). She has studied fashion design, business management, and entrepreneurship in hopes of one day being able to fun her own fashion company. Stephanie has made it her priority and career to lead men and women in creative, professional, and stylish directions within their personal tastes through SA Style Studio.