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How To Feel Confident In Your Swimsuit

How To Feel Confident In Your Swimsuit

While it’s hard to imagine shedding jeans, jumpers and scarves at the moment, the warm summer days will arrive.  Long summer days mean visits to a pool or the beach with family and friends…until you remember that you don’t have any bathers you feel confident in. Don’t wait for this to happen again this summer.  Winter is the perfect time to treat yourself to a flattering pair of bathers that you know you look good in.

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Shopping for swimwear is though can be the ultimate showdown, especially in the confinement of the change room with three-way mirrors and lights that can frighten a supermodel.  Argh! So, before you hit the stores, read my article on "The Essential Guide To Bather Shopping", which will provide you with tips on what to do beforehand so you can enjoy your experience.

Now that you have read our essential guide of what to do, you will need to know some flattering styles that suit most women.  After years of styling beautiful, sexy and stylish women of all shapes and ages for years, here are a few tips I would like to share with you all from my experiences.

A word of warning before we begin.

I am sure most of us have been repeated offenders of the following, including moi.  Don't buy bathers just because they are on sale, especially if you can't return them if you change your mind on getting home.  I have seen hundreds of bathers with tags on them in the back of wardrobes I have audited because the client has purchased and said "but they were on sale!"  They were more than likely on sale for a reason.  Invest in a great pair of bathers of good quality, and you will end up saving more in the long run.

Also, if buying online ensure you can quickly send back if you are not over the moon confident in your purchase.

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Styles

A V-neck one-piece with something special at your cleavage point can be the perfect distraction from the areas you have a figure challenge, and self-conscious about as your eyes go there instead.  If you are uncomfortable drawing attention to this area, find a swimsuit that fits your bust area first and makes you feel comfortable.  You can worry about everything else after this area is fitted.

If you are big busted, look for a wide strap as skinny little-stringed straps could cut into your skin, causing pain.  

 

To look younger in your bathers, avoid anything that looks like the classic old lady styles.  For example, a suit with a skirt attached, which in reality is not slimming and can make your hips appear bigger.  If you are after this style, try on a swim dress instead as it is more A-line, which is more slimming because the flares are just above the hips.  This style is a fabulous alternative for women who want a little more coverage.

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Tankinis (a two piece with a longer top often covering the stomach, rather than a bikini top) are a fantastic alternative if you don't feel confident in a bikini, but still want the freedom of two pieces.  The secret is to look for a style that has bra support and has tight ruching around your middle to give you tummy support.  The rushing also creates a slimming effect over your stomach, rather than something pulled tightly across.

Boy shorts are great for women who don't have a lot of curves.  If you are curvy and wear tight fitting boy shorts, often the problem is keeping your gorgeous bootee in the shorts.  As women mature, we need to keep our cheeks in the swimsuit so check your behind in all styles for a fabulous tight fit.  

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Colours can be tricky but also fun.  If you are confident, why not look for a stylish red or burgundy?  If not, nothing can beat black as a confidence booster.

But my number one tip for anyone wanting to look more confident (and younger) in swimwear is to look for anything with shapewear.  The high-tech fabrics hold you in and can take centimetres off your body. Purchase a good quality fabric to ensure it retains its shape for years.

While shopping for your swimsuit, think about what you are going to put on over the top and wear on your feet.  If you want to look sophisticated, stylish and chic, don't just throw on a t-shirt and thongs - while buying your ultimate swimsuit, think about your whole style, from head to toe, including a gorgeous hat.

As we mature, unless we have the ultimate body of Elle McPherson (and fabulous for you if you do) there are some styles we may need to avoid.  Skimpy bikinis, g-strings, one-piece with cut outs in the tummy area, white colours, braless one piece that allow your bust to sag and anything with horizontal stripes are a few I can think of.

I hope this helps you when shopping for swimwear.  Everyone, no matter what shape or size is beautiful and we all have the right to look and feel beautiful, everyday.  That is what Cazinc is all about and why we are designing our own brand of clothing "Cazinc The Label" so women of all ages, shapes and sizes can love who they see in the mirror every day.

Enjoy looking and feeling fabulous in your swimsuit and remember, curves rock!

Images are from Swimsuits For All.  A brand we love.

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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