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Finding the perfect swimsuit becomes the dreaded beginning of the summer season ritual for many women. When trying on swimsuits, it is important to be realistic and to find suits that flatter your body type. A flattering swimsuit makes the most of the proportions of a woman’s figure. The key to choosing a flattering swimsuit is less about how great the swimsuit looks and more about knowing what colors, print and silhouettes go best with your body type. Here are a few tips on how to choose a suit to flatter your figure, accentuate your assets and hide your not so favorite parts.

Shapes

The first step is to KNOW your body type. There are generally four body types: straight-figure, pear shape, apple shape and the hourglass shape.

  • Straight Figure– So you’re not so curvaceous as your other friends. That’s okay! Choose a suit that emphasizes your bust and hip area.  A bathing suit with ruffles, ties or other embellishments will do the trick. This will give the illusion that those areas are bigger and hence creating a waist. Wear a swimsuit with bold horizontal stripes or a horizontal pattern to create the illusion of curves. These will draw attention across your body, rather than up and down. Avoid swimsuits in darker colors, which can make your frame appear even narrower.
  • Pear Shape– With this body type you are smaller at the top and carry more weight in the lower regions, at your hips, thighs and legs. The key for this shape is to draw attention to above the waist and away from your lower section. The answer is a wearing a swimsuit with a lower neckline. Also look for bright, lighter colors on the top of the swimsuit. Mix and matching your suit is a neat trick. Prints on top and dark solids on bottom balance out this figure type, as darker colors are slimming. A monokini is also a good choice. It is the one-piece with the back mid-section cut out of it. It is designed to make your torso look longer and draw attention to your waist and away from your lower region.
  • Apple Shape–  For this figure, you have a larger upper-body and fuller breasts. Buy a bathing suit with patterns. Avoid strap-less suits and ones with ruffles and a lot of detailing on the top. Halter tops with banded support are a good choice. (For fuller breasts see tips below).
  • Hourglass Shape–  Hourglass figures have a curvy upper and lower body, and probably a small waist. Choose swimsuits with a matching top and bottom or solid colors. The key to flattering this body type is to avoid wearing two pieces that have little coverage. This can over-accentuate your curves and make you look either top or bottom heavy. One-piece bathing suits work well with this shape.

Features

In addition to finding a suit that flatters your figure, you also have to consider your features and what suit will work best with them.
  • Large Breasts– If you have large breasts, avoid wearing skimpy tops with little coverage. Look for suits with a full coverage such as halters, especially the ones with the band for under the bust.  For this feature the most important thing to look for is support and good bra construction, so look for suits with wider straps and that fit snug under your bust. If you would like to buy a one-piece suit, find one with foam cups or a shelf bra.
  • Saggy Breasts– Swimsuits with push up support and foam cups are the answer for this feature. Buy suits with a banded halter or bra cup top. This silhouettes naturally give more support and keep the bust in place. The more comfortably snug they are the better.
  • Small Breasts– For a small bust frame choose a suit that has ruffles on top.  Triangular cups connected by a string will draw attention to your chest and give the illusion of a fuller bust. Using the string, adjust the cups so they are closer together, which will emphasize cleavage. Also buy cups with removable padding. If you are totally flat chested avoid bra cups that are shaped to hold a bust. It will look empty and re-emphasize what you’re trying to distract from.
  • Bigger Midsection– If you feel that you have a bigger tummy, look for a one piece suit that has ruching. A one-piece suit that has draping or color blocking with a dark-colored mid panel around the waist can help to hide a larger tummy. You can also choose a one-piece swimsuit with a belt to cinch the waist. Avoid one-piece suits with the empire seam (right under the bust) suit with high-cut legs can draw attention to the curves of your body rather than the center of it. Choose suits in darker colors to make your frame appear slimmer. You can also look for suits with tummy control panels or power mesh. These have little spandex and is geared to pulling in the tummy area and creating a firmer look. Think Spanx for swimwear. Want to wear a two-piece suit? Try a tankini. It will cover your tummy but still give you the look of a two-piece and the options to mix and match your bottoms.
  • Short Legs– To create the illusion of longer legs wear a one piece with a high cut along the leg opening. String bikinis with tie sides are great as you can tie them a little higher on the hip to create the look of a longer leg.
  • Long Torso/Tall Woman– The average one piece is fit on a woman who is about  5′ 7″. So for a figure that has a long torso the suit may not fit properly and will feel like it’s not giving enough coverage at the bikini area, not sitting correctly under the bust or feels short and uncomfortable in the length. For this shop brands that dedicate one-pieces to tall women.
  • No Buttocks– If you feel you have a very small buttocks or none for that matter choose a bikini with ruffle details at the waist or on the back of the bikini. Also swimsuits with ruching down the middle create the look of a larger bum. You want to avoid the saggy look in the back so try going a size smaller. Less coverage can make the area appear larger.
Tip: Don’t buy a swimsuit based on size, buy it based on fit which is the most important factor in choosing a swimsuit to flatter your figure.
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Everyone wants their favorite bikini to last longer. Here are 5 easy steps to follow to maintain your beloved purchase. Whether you spend 50 or 500 dollars on a swimsuit,  taking care of your swimwear the right way is completely fundamental to  its longevity. Disregard the washing and care instructions found on the inside tags almost always leads to the wearer’s disappointment and/or   dissatisfaction. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to enjoy your  beautiful swimwear for many years to come.

  1. Start with a good quality swimsuit like Syiim and know that Chlorine & chemicals can ruin your swimwear. Chlorine and chemicals found in pools and hot tubs are extremely harmful to swimsuits. Excessive amount of chlorine can break down the spandex of the swimwear, and can  accelerate fading of the fabric. So alternate swimsuits. Try and give your swimsuit 24 hours to dry before reusing. You can also purchase swimwear with a higher spandex content or that are Chlorine resistant.
  2. Never wash your swimsuit in a washing machine. Plain water doesn’t remove chlorine or salt so use a mild soap to wash swimsuit after every use. Although your washing machine may be set to cycle gently, it could still  be way too rough. Washing machines can ruin the shape, fabric, embellishments and  padding, as well as any delicate embellishments, stones, or beading.  Therefore wash your swimwear by hand in cold water; warm water is  acceptable too. Do not wring or twist to dry.
  3. Never dry your swimsuit in direct sunlight or in a dryer. Similar to electric washing machines, electric dryers can be too rough  for the fragile material of swimwear. In a shaded and well ventilated  area, lay your swimsuit flat out to dry. By laying it flat, you will  diminish the appearance of wrinkles and creases.
  4. Steer clear of rough surfaces. Be careful where you sit, lean or lay. Pool sides are rough so you don’t slip. It may not feel rough to the touch but it will run and pick the bottom of your suit or the front if your leaning over the edge. Take the extra second to sit or lay on a towel. Your bathing suit will last longer and you’ll be happier.
  5. Avoid getting excess lotions and oils on your swimwear.  Sunscreen, tanning oils, and cosmetics can be harmful to swimsuits. The combination of sun and chemicals from the water makes your suit wear out quicker, so use a towel to remove excess lotions and oils.

An extra fun tip: If swimming comes sunbathing, when possible do not sit for long in a wet swimsuit. Change into a dry swimsuit when possible.

Love,

Syiim

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get your closet ‘bikini ready’.  Below are the colors we expect to see decorating the beaches and pool bars this summer. This is our nutshell summary of  the top 2012 color trends seen at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim last July.

The color palette for 2012 swimwear will be bright, fun and chic. Last years burnt-orange shade that was a designer favorite has been softened and brightened and is now a gorgeous summer tangerine. Coral and a citrus-like lime are also popular this season. Then in contrast to those softer shades there is fuchsia. A strong, vibrant hue, used either as a solid or a trim. Blues lean towards extremes: either seen as a rich more striking shade such as royal and cobalt, or very light and more subtle,  swimming pool blue. The combination of two of these colors as complements in the same bikini is a popular trend.

Black and white combinations, either as a pattern, print or trimming graced the runways. White, by itself, is big, especially in one pieces. As always, black solid pieces are in every season!

Colors we say on the Miami runway:

  • All White
  • Black& White combo
  • Aqua
  • Lime
  • Coral
  • Fuchsia
  • Orange
  • Cobalt

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