Sorting Out Swimwear: Four Basic Styles and Who Should Wear Them
Summer's just around the corner, which means that it's time to shop for swimwear. While it may seem that there are thousands of swimwear styles on the beaches, there are actually four basic swimwear styles from which all the others are derived. Each style is best suited for particular figure types, though variations in each style of swimwear can allow any of them to look great on any woman. Understanding each of the basic silhouettes can give you a great starting point for finding your ideal swimsuit.
Bikini used to be reserved for abbreviated two-piece bathing suits, but now it commonly refers to any two-piece bathing suit that bares the midriff. Most women fear that they won't look good in a bikini, but that's far from the truth. Two-piece bathing suits offer many ways to accentuate what's great about your figure and camouflage the things you'd rather hide. The bra top comes in many styles, from daring to bare-almost-all to very modest halter and shoulder strap styles. This season's hottest look is the twisted bandeau top, a strip of fabric that fits right across the chest, twisted in the middle to give it a flattering drape. Bottoms range from boy shorts, which are ideal for women with an athletic build to teeny-tiny tie at the hip panty styles that are little more than a triangle hiding the most important parts. Many top swimwear design lines give you the option of buying your tops and bottoms separately so you're assured of getting a perfect fit, which is the most important part of looking and feeling great in a swimsuit.
The tankini is a fairly recent arrival on the swimwear scene, but its pedigree goes back a long way to two-piece swimsuits that featured long tops. These are not your mother's two-piece suits, though. Unlike older two-piece styles, which often looked more like swim dresses, tankinis are younger and fresher. They look like a tank top worn with a pair of panties, though the bottom style can range from teeny bikini bottoms to close-fitting boy shorts. Tankinis are the perfect bathing suit for the woman whose modesty-or stretch marks-doesn't allow her to bare a lot of belly. It's a very sexy look that takes modesty into account without looking dowdy.
Another newcomer to swimwear style, the monokini is a modified two-piece bathing suit where the top and bottom of the swimsuit are connected with a strip of fabric. From the back, a monokini looks like a bikini. In the front, though, the two pieces flow into each other. Monokinis may feature chains and rings connecting the top and the bottom down the center, or they may be connected at the sides and leave the belly bare. It offers versatility and will look great on any woman who could wear a maillot or a bikini without worrying about her appearance.
Don't count out any of the basic swimsuit silhouettes as the perfect bathing suit for you. Check out particular styles, and don't be afraid to try on swimwear that appeals to your tastes. There's a suit that will flatter every woman. All you have to do is find it.
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