You want to look great in a bathing suit, but the reality is that you could stand to lose a few pounds. Let’s face it: unless you are a size 4, a bathing suit will not flatter your figure. Thin materials and fabric that holds on tight in all the wrong places can accentuate what you would prefer to keep covered. Instead of fretting over the way that you look, make good use of the summer by sporting a look that takes the fat out.

Find the right fit. Quite easily, you may find yourself drawn to a bathing suit that you wore when you were in your early 20s. As you approach middle age, your body no longer has the shape that it did when you were in your prime. Therefore, choose suits that complement your body and that look great on you. Put the suit on, stand in front of a full length mirror and take a good look at yourself. Bend and twist your body to see how the suit looks on you. If protrusions are not apparent, then you are heading in the right direction.

Select a darker suit. The brighter and lighter the swim suit, the more it will emphasize what you would prefer that it wouldn’t show. And forget that two-piece suit: your midsection will stand out and certainly not in flattering ways. Prints can make you look fat, while dark solids will do the best job of making you look thinner. Check out Swimsuits Direct for style ideas.

Choose a bathing skirt. If a bathing suit comes with a skirt, then choose that to look slender. If you want to emphasize your chest, then look for one with a pattern across the upper part. Note that bathing suit designs may emphasize one part of the body over another part.

Carry yourself carefully. Your posture can have an effect on how well a bathing suit looks on you. Stand erect, tuck your stomach in and hold your shoulders back. With a correct stance you will project both confidence in the way you look as well as in the way that you feel about yourself.

Choose your footwear carefully. You will be wearing flip flops or soft sandals on the beach. When you walk around the pool or on a boardwalk, your footwear should change. Sandals with heels can make you look thinner, drawing attention to your legs. Of course, if you are battling cellulite, then the legs should be deemphasized.

Color it with confidence. If you are of fair complexion, gradually tan your body to place more emphasis on your suit and less emphasis elsewhere. Carefully work on a tan over several days, even weeks and use plenty of moisturizer to avoid peeling and drying out. The last thing you want is to draw attention to a “pruney” body.

Pay attention to the rest of you. Women may become upset when putting on a bathing suit, feeling that their best days have passed them by. Instead of missing out on sumer fun, pay attention to the rest of you as well. This means having your hair styled for the season, wearing waterproof make up , and finding a hat and a loose blouse to wear over your suit when you are not in the water.

Summer Fun

Once you find a bathing suit that looks and feels great, you are ready to take on the season. Make sure that you take good care of your suit to so that it provides a summer’s worth of fun and maintains its shape throughout the season.

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