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Swimsuit magic

With the return of warm weather, do you find yourself looking forward to some fun in the sun? A weekend trip to the beach? Oh no! That means the dreaded hunt for a new bathing suit. Help is here. With these simple tricks, you'll be beach ready in no time.  

Here are some basics to keep in mind when shopping:

1) Dark colors and mattes are slimming. 2) Use light colors and details such as belts, bows, or piping to highlight your assets. 3) Prints with dark backgrounds are more slimming. Choose an allover pattern to keep the eye moving. But pay attention to a pattern's size. If you are small, choose a dainty pattern.

Curvy girls can wear wrapped styles in solids or allover prints. Accentuate that waistline with a belt, chevron or diagonal design. Halter necklines with underwires give you lots of support and shape. And high cut bottoms elongate your figure.

Broad shoulders? No problem. Try Vnecks or scoopnecks which help balance the shoulder area. Vertical, diagonal, and chevron patterns elongate the torso. Choose tops with wide straps to minimize the width of your shoulders.

Full busted girls look their best in halter necklines with wide straps and built in support. Fabrics that are densly woven and have a high Lycra content are ideal. Keep details such as ruffles, shirring, or draping below the waist. Dark colored tops and lighter colored bottoms help balance your figure.

Small busted ladies can wear the string bikini...as long as the top is structured with padding or has an underwire support. Ruffles and pleating on tops add bulk as well as interest. Bright colors and low necklines are charming on you.

Tummy issues? Diagonals and chevrons keep the eyes moving. Draw attention to your face via Vnecks or fun patterns. Lighter colored tops and darker bottoms balance you. Choose suits with a high Lycra count and built in control panels. Ruching  on the torso hides a multitude of sins.

Bottom heavy women should choose a suit that draws the eye upwards. Colorful tops with details will do the trick. Bottoms should be dark and matte. Elongate your torso with verticle strips or prints and a Vneck top. Strapless styles create a strong horizontal line. Consider trying an empire waisted suit.

Whatever your shape, fear not. With these simple tips you'll be full of confidence when you stroll across the beach in your new swimsuit.

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