Tips and Hints on How to Highlight Your Best Assets

 

The months ahead are definitely going to be warmer and its swim wear weather – you can’t escape it.

In Australia our summers can be extremely hot, especially if we are holidaying on the coast or visiting family in regional areas. And wherever we are we seem to be surrounded by water.

With that in mind, I’ve had a few of my clients asking what style of swimwear suits their body shape best?

 

There are many styles and heaps of rules, so today I thought I’d share tips and hints on how to highlight your best assets.

 

Choose swimwear that is made from a good quality lycra and remember the following.

 

  • Look for support in bust and bottom area.
  • Hi cut bikini bottoms will elongate your legs
  • Boy leg pants may make your hips look wider
  • Halter tops, bra style tops and tie front will draw the attention to your bust line
  • Use patterns, colour or details to highlight the parts of your body you LOVE
  • Use a darker solid colour in areas where you don’t want attention focused
  • Disguise your tummy with ruching or gathering
  • An all over print will disguise all those lumps and bumps
  • Frills and ruffles are the latest trend and they add volume to your bustline – great for small busted girls.

 

I’m always hearing complaints about back fat, so no matter what shape you might be, avoid narrow, tight straps that will dig into your skin – go for wide straps where you can.

 

We all have different body shapes, as I have explained in my previous article “What Body Shape Am I?”  , so use the guides below to find the right swimwear for YOUR body shape.

 

Inverted triangle body shape

This shape is easy to dress as your shoulders are broader than your hips. So consider the following –

 

  • Highlight your waistline.
  • Side panels will give the illusion of a waistline
  • Strapless
  • Halter neck or a deep V -neckline

Avoid the following –

  • a racer back
  • skinny bra strap style
  • high necklines

 

Inverted 3

 

 

Hourglass body shape

If this is you, you’re lucky,  with a balanced body shape and almost all styles will work.

 

  • Halter neck
  • Strapless
  • Bra strap style
  • Side panels
  • Remember to highlight your waist
  • If you have a tummy go for ruching or patterns which will disguise the problem area

 

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Triangle body shape

Your shoulder are narrower than your hips and you generally have fuller hips and thicker thighs, but don’t despair, follow these tips

 

  • Work with your shoulders
  • Try to bring the focus to your upper half with frills patterns or colour.
  • Halter neck
  • Strapless or one shoulder
  • Keep your bottom simple, choose a darker solid colour.
  • Hi-cut will elongate your legs
  • High waisted bottoms will flatten the tummy and highlight the waist

 

Triangle 3

 

Square body shape

Your body tends to be very straight up and down so the aim is to give the illusion of a waistline .

 

  • Halter neck
  • Frills and ruffles will create curves to your body shape
  • Go for diagonal lines and avoid horizontal stripes as they may make you look boxy
  • Bright prints and florals will give the illusion of a curvy body
  • Avoid a solid colour
  • Curved side panels will work

 

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Circle body shape

You carry your weight in the middle and usually have great legs. Lets take the emphasis away from the middle.

 

  • Hi cut leg will draw the attention away from your tummy and to your legs.
  • Low cut front usually a Deep V
  • Choose a darker colour to slim down the body, you can work with two solid colours.
  • Crossover front works well.
  • Avoid swimwear with horizontal stripes as they will make you appear wider.
  • Wide Straps to support the bust area
  • Try a one-side cossie which will draw the eye away from your middle.
  • An  A-lined top with a structured bra teamed with high waisted briefs

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Finding Your Personal Style

In my last blog ‘What is age appropriate?’ I briefly talked about finding your own style.  This instigated many questions –

 

Can I wear it?

Does it suit me?

Do I look older?

Is this look for me?

I love this look, but I don’t go anywhere to wear it.

 

My answer to these questions is simply – ‘How do you feel when you put it on?’

 

Most of the time the reply is “I’ve never tried that look but I love it on others.”

 

I bet you’re wondering what look I am talking about?

 

It’s not a specific look we’re talking about, it’s about helping you discover your style. The style you want to portray about yourself, the first impression you make when you walk into a room.

 

Most people think a style is the latest fashion trend. But it’s not, as many of us can’t wear the latest cuts or colours. You don’t want to be one of those tragic fashion victims.

 

Style is being able to recognise what in the season’s current trends suits your bodyshape and personality and then being able to integrate it into your wardrobe.

 

Ask yourself “Self, what is my lifestyle?”

 

Whether you’re a stay at home mum, a corporate women, a business woman or a grandma, you will  have your weekend activities and casual days and finding your style will make those days more enjoyable.

 

 

Finding your personal style

 

Romantic

Romantic – Soft florals, flouncy sleeves, frills, ruffles and lace in soft colours with simple accessories.

 

 

 

BohoBoho – hippy Seventies inspired, exotic patterns and texture, peasant blouses and layered chains.

    Printed maxi dresses layered with a leather or fur vests. Flared jeans and paisley printed tops.

 

 

ArtyArty – Individual and creative style of clothing, you love to rummage at the markets, Op shops or the vintage stores for that special had crafted garment.

 

 

 

ClassicClassic – Quality and not quantity, strong colours, structured clothing, trendy and fashionable. Sophisticated and timeless garments.

 

 

 

MinimalistMinimalist – three to five colours in your wardrobe, basic and quality garments that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.

 

 

 

Chic– is regularly used in the fashion magazines and fashion blogs. For me it means skill and elegance.  The word chic describes a person who is fashionable but not a fashion victim, a person who skilfully dresses in the colours that highlight eyes and skin tone, selects garments that enhance body shape and personality. It not just about the outfit, it’s about the person. It’s not about dressing like a lifeless store mannequin. It’s about you and your personality shining through.

 

Ladies this is just a guide. You don’t have to box yourself into a style, because most of us are a bit of a mix.

 

Some ladies feel safe in black because they don’t want attract attention and just want to blend in.

 

You may have a signature piece;  for Jackie O it was her oversizes Sunglasses, Jennifer Lopez her Body Con dresses, Audrey Hepburn her cropped pants and flats. Marylyn Munroe highlighted her curves.  One of my client’s loves leopard print furs and they have become her signature. Another client loves her arty, high end Shoes, which have become her signature also.

 

For my own style, my look is mostly structured clothing, garments that skin my body shape.  I do also love the fifties fit and flare dresses and they are great on the days when I feel the need to disguise my tummy. I love deep rich colours and florals.

 

For a casual feel I tend to steer towards the Boho look as I love the different textures and layers which gives me a sense of relaxation.

 

Pants and jeans aren’t my go to but some mornings I’ll get up and feel that’s exactly what I want to pop on. This feeling at times continue on for a few days. I tend to dress how I’m feeling and that’s why I ask how you feel when you put a piece of clothin on?

 

Why do you need to know what style of clothing you want to wear?

 

Building a mix and match wardrobe makes it so much easier and more economical to dress, without any ‘loners’ that you just don’t know how to wear in your wardrobe.

 

Most importantly a great style isn’t just making that first impression, it’s about feeling confident within yourself each and every time you walk out that door.

 

“A girl should be two things Classy and Fabulous” Coco Chanel