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Buying a swimsuit can be a daunting task for ladies of any size or shape.
“Yeah, swimsuits are the most difficult thing to find. We are tied to be ashamed of our bodies yet reveal them every summer in string bikinis and untasteful two-pieces,” said Mary Hawkins, a junior ecology and evolutionary major.
By recognizing the certain styles swimwear offers, finding the perfect fit for any body type is possible.
The “Boy-Shaped” Girl
The “boy-shaped” girl is the girl who is not so curvy and is not quite busty. For this type of body shape, something that gives more dimension and curves is beneficial.
“The monokini is something that is new and is a cross between a one piece and a two piece,” said Natalie Sochtman, a fit specialist and key holder at Everything But Water.
The monokini is a new trend this season that offers a one-piece feel with a two-piece look. The edges of the swimsuit are cut out so it gives the illusion to more of a curvy look.
Everything But Water offers monokinis that begin at $78. If that’s too expensive, Target offers some that begin at $29.
Another great tip is to consider patterns. Patterns emphasize more shape and define curves a lot more.
“A lot of fun prints are in this season,” said Sochtman.
The Curvy Lady
The curvy girl has a lot more to offer with either a lot more hip or that extra bust. For this shape, tankinis and one-pieces are the perfect fit.
“I like one piece swimsuits just because if I’m doing something more active I don’t have to worry about anything falling off,” said Jennifer Binder, a junior biochemistry major.
The tankini gives that flare of a bikini style with an extra bit of coverage. It’s also a lot of fun because tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched to create new looks.
If more coverage is needed, one-pieces are making a fashionable comeback with really great cuts and styles.
“One-piece swimsuits are great for that extra coverage and are popular this season. That whole 50′s pin up look is in right now,” said Sochtman.
With the one-piece look and the curvy shape, be sure to stay away from busy patterns. A solid look with a halter cut or even a heart-shaped tube top stands out on the cut itself. The busy pattern will just emphasize more of a curvy look.
Keeping a swimsuit in top condition is important, especially if it’s one that costs a lot of money. There is a proper way to wash and take care of it without ruining it.
“Be sure to wash your swimsuit every time after you wear it. Also be sure to hand wash it,” said Sochtman.
Everything But Water offers a cleaning treatment that is like a shampoo and conditioner for swimwear that cost about $14 dollars for a set.
For inexpensive trendy swimwear, check out Old Navy and Target. Both these stores specialize in providing the latest trends at an affordable price. Isaac Mizrahi even offers his own version of floral prints that are just like Betsey Johnson swimwear.
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Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Amanda Bernaudo at Bernaudo@colorado.edu.