Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Summer time, Beach time!! "Beachwear" can consist of a flowing cotton dress, a bikini, a cover-up over a swimsuit, jeans, shorts, halter tops and wrap-around skirts. As for style, there is never one right answer. The perfect style for you is what reflects your personality and what you're most comfortable in.
Swimwear For Your Body Shape
Regardless of current fashion trends, when you are planning to swim at the beach or do some sunbathing, it's important to choose a swimsuit that suits your body shape and type. Solid color swimsuits are best for pear shapes and suits with a solid color on the bottom of the suit will make larger hips looks smaller. Apple shapes fare best in suits with detail around the hips and bust areas because the eye will go there rather than to the middle. If you have a fuller figure with a large bust, you will need to choose a suit with good support for the proper fit. Swimsuits in darker colors will make you seem slimmer and won't draw as much attention as bright or multi-colored patterns or shiny fabrics. Vertical stripes slim and lengthen your entire body but avoid horizontal stripes on the bottom of your suit or you'll appear as if you're wider than you are. Choose vertical stripes over the entire suit to add length and narrow your appearance.
When you feel more comfortable less exposed, wear a long cotton dress, a kaftan, or sarong. When you you are attending a less casual event in a beach setting, accessorize to add instant glamour: earrings, bracelets, a necklace, and/or embellished sandals. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade you from the sun and to make the lower half of your body appear smaller.
Plus Size Swimwear
You may not be a size 6; perhaps you're a size 16 or a size 26. Whatever your body size, it's important that you feel comfortable and attractive at the beach. More clothing manufacturers than ever are designing trendy swimsuits for women who are of average or larger sizes.
A dark colored, one-piece swimsuit is a good choice and there are many modern styles of suits with an attached longer skirt for those ho may be self-conscious about thigh areas. Ensure that your swimsuit has built-in bust supports or an underwire bra support. Don't be afraid to show off your curves. You should be able to enjoy a day at the beach like anyone else.
While men can wear jeans, muscle shirts and other items of clothing, the most popular beachwear item for the men for the past several years has been "board" shorts, which are longer shorts that come down to the knees. They come in different colors and patterns for style and comfort and suit most body types - just avoid anything that's too baggy or oversized. Larger men are often most comfortable and attractive in darker colored board shorts with a taper to the leg that follows the body line or in monotone colors with just a splash of color.
Thin men who are narrow-legged should wear patterned and textured board shorts, which will appear to add more bulk as their cargo-style pockets will help add shape. Another ideal choice for the thinner man might be Topman's Blue Checked Swim Shorts, which sport the very popular "checks" trend.\
Shorter shorts for men, whether they're form-fitting or worn more loosely, are also popular and will make their legs appear longer. Speedos and boxer-style trunks dry quickly and offer versatility because they can be worn underneath other items although it's true that Speedos are most popular in Europe and South America. This type of swimwear leaves little to the imagination and the man wearing a Speedo needs to feel confident. Again, whatever your size or shape, try and choose beachwear that suits you in terms of comfort and your personal taste.