Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to make the most of these sunny days, whether you are hitting the beach, splashing in the pool with your kids or hosting a BBQ with family and friends. Summer also means swimsuit season has arrived, a time that can be met with mixed emotions for many Canadians. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 44% of Canadian women feel the most self-conscious about their bodies when in a swimsuit with 86% saying that their body type affects what bathing suit style they choose.
Kellogg’s Special K has partnered with leading Canadian fashion expert and stylist Alexis Honce, to share her insider tips on finding the perfect bathing suit for your body type, so you can go out and enjoy all summer has to offer.
Perfectly Pear Shaped
Pear-shaped physiques typically have broader hips and a smaller bust. When selecting a swimsuit, find a style that accentuates your best assets and adds volume to the top half. Ruffled bikini tops are a great option and are a popular style this season, too. A bandeaux or tube-top bikini style also helps to widen the shoulders and balance the hips. Brightly colored prints add visual intrigue up top, and are best paired with solid colour bottoms. Be sure to also look for high-cut bikini bottoms which figure flatter by helping to elongate the leg.
Lovely and Large Chested
Bigger busts require the right lift and support in a bathing suit top. Look for styles that have underwire which help shape the chest and keep “the girls” secure, whether you’re playing with your kids at the beach or swimming at the pool. Wider shoulder straps also help to provide support. Keep an eye out for swimsuits made of Lycra®, as this more structured material helps to shape the body and create a sleek, smooth line to really enhance those curves. Colour blocked swimwear styles are also very on trend this season and a great choice for this physique.
Athletic body types are typically lean with a muscular and more rectangular shape. The perfect suit for this shape is one that complements the silhouette, but simultaneously creates a feminine shape. A halter-top swimsuit style with a V-neckline broadens the shoulders, which helps to highlight and define the waist. For bottoms, look for high-cut styles that tie at the sides. Lastly, mix up the colour and print of your tops and bottoms as this helps to balance and accentuate a longer torso.
On-Point in Plus Size
A really flattering look for plus size physiques is a one-piece suit in a trendy colour-blocking pattern. Keep the colours on the top half of the suit light and look for styles that have darker colours over the tummy and hip area to bring attention up towards the face while enhancing your beautiful silhouette.
“Looking great in a swimsuit starts with confidence. You have to eat well, exercise, know your body type and choose a swimsuit that suits you,” says Alexis. “A large part of feeling confident comes from making smart food choices. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast and choosing smart snacks, like the range of delicious options available from Kellogg’s Special K, is a great way to stay on track without sacrificing taste.”
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